Melbourne Stars will take on bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades in the 42nd match of Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday (January 17).
With four wins and five losses, Stars secured fourth place in the table earning 20 points after pummelling Adelaide Strikers by 111 runs in the last game.
It’s been a disappointing season for Aaron Finch-led side Renegades, as they could register only two wins out of ten contests, accumulating just nine points. They are placed at the bottom of the table with 8 losses in the BBL 2020-21.
The upcoming encounter could help Stars earn more points to keep themselves in the top four as they have been in a dominating position against Renegades. Overall, the former have won 13 out of 18 contests against the later, while in the last five meetings, they have defeated Renegades 4 times.
Overall: Matches – 17 | Stars – 13 Wins | Renegades – 5 Wins
Last 5 Matches: Stars – 4 Wins | Renegades – 1 Win
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GROUND DETAILS & TEAM COMBINATION
Since January 2020, the ground has hosted eight BBL matches and average first innings score at this ground is 177/4. Teams batting second here have struggled on many occasions as they lost six times in 8 games. In the last match at MCG, Stars batted first and scored 179/2, while Strikers could not chase the target and bundled out for 68. This would be the second contest of the season at this ground.
In the last 14 innings, spinners have been more successful than pacers at this ground. Spinners have struck a wicket every 17 deliveries, while pacers have taken a wicket every 22.7 deliveries.
Leg spinner Adam Zampa proved it even in the last match at MCG taking five wickets against Adelaide Strikers. Afghan spinner Zahir Khan also grabbed two wickets in the same match.
After the early departure of the top-order, Glenn Maxwell has shouldered the run-scoring responsibility of his team at many junctures. He began with a bang this season but in the last few matches, he could not contribute with the bat having dismissed for a duck twice and scoring 6 once. However, in the last match, he made a decent score of 37 runs with one six and three fours. He has scored two 70 plus and three 35 plus scores this season. He is not only the second-highest run-scorer at MCG in T20 matches, blasting 869 runs in 36 innings, but also the highest run-scorer (292) for Stars this season.
Highest run-scorer (247 runs) of Renegades Shaun Marsh has struck some tremendous knocks for the side in the 8 innings he played so far. However, in the last match against Brisbane Heat, he could not open his account and was dismissed for a duck but the team heavily depends on him when it comes to shoulder the run-scoring task. The left-handed batsman blasted three half-centuries this season.
Andre Fletcher, who could not surpass 18-run score this season, made it possible when he struck an unbeaten 89-run knock against Adelaide Strikers in the last match. Hitting four sixes and eight fours, he helped his side score 179 runs. Renegades who have been struggling with their dilapidated batting unit, would be hoping from Fletcher to repeat the form in the next game too.
Zahir Khan, however, proved costly in the first three matches he played but the Afghan spinner did his job well against Strikers. He took two wickets and bowled at an economy rate of 4.8. As the pitch at MCG has supported spinners, so Khan could be an ideal pick in the upcoming encounter.