After 41 matches in Big Bash League, the two Melbourne teams will play each other for the first time on Sunday, 17th Jan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The fourth-placed Melbourne Stars are coming off a huge win against Adelaide Strikers. They will be confident while facing the bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades who have faced their 8th loss in the last match.
Melbourne Stars Preview
Melbourne Stars have some of the most destructive modern batsmen who are also in great form in the BBL. Captain Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis both are in the top five of the run-scorers chart. Along with Andre Fletcher who scored 49-ball unbeaten 89 in the last match, they would be popular choices for the fantasy teams.
With a five-wicket haul in the previous match to bowl out the Strikers for just 68, Adam Zampa now has 17 wickets in the tournament. Currently, Zampa is in the third spot in the most-wickets table and a key fantasy pick. Spinner Zahir Khan and pacer Billy Stanlake can be good picks for fantasy as well.
Melbourne Renegades Preview
Not many Renegades batsmen are in form. However, Shaun Marsh is leading the run tally for them with 247 runs and three fifty-plus scores. Their batting will depend on Marsh, Sam Harper, and the captain Aaron Finch who is currently batting in the middle order. Beau Webster can be a good fantasy pick too apart from these names after scoring with an unbeaten fifty last time out.
The bowling of Melbourne Renegades is led by Kane Richardson and Peter Hatzoglou with 13 and 12 wickets respectively. Thanks to their consistency these too will be preferred fantasy players for this match. All-rounder Imad Wasim with seven wickets is another good option to include in the fantasy teams.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Glenn Maxwell is captaining the Stars, batting at the top order, and also opening the bowling at times. With 292 runs and six wickets, he is an absolute must-have in the fantasy teams.
Adam Zampa is always a wicket-taker and currently in great shape. He has been consistent and the most successful bowler of the Stars. He shows his full range with five wickets against the Strikers in the last match.
Kane Richardson is the key bowler for the Renegades with international experience. He is picking up wickets regularly and should be key for them.
Melbourne Stars: 1. Andre Fletcher, 2. Marcus Stoinis, 3. Glenn Maxwell (Capt), 4. Hilton Cartwright, 5. Nick Larkin, 6. Nick Maddinson, 7. Seb Gotch, 8. Adam Zampa, 9. Billy Stanlake, 10. Haris Rauf, 11. Zahir Khan
Melbourne Renegades: 1. Mackenzie Harvey, 2. Shaun Marsh, 3. Sam Harper, 4. Aaron Finch (Capt), 5. Jake Fraser-McGurk, 6. Beau Webster, 7. Jack Prestwidge, 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Kane Richardson, 10. Peter Hatzoglou, 11. Noor Ahmed
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