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Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Tips 01/01/2022

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The 30th fixture of the Big Bash League 2021-22 sees Sydney Sixers take on Melbourne Renegades at International Sports Stadium, Coffs Harbour on Jan 1 (Saturday). The match is to begin at 2 pm IST.

Teams Status

Sydney Sixers

In their last game, Sydney Sixers came super close to losing for the second time this season as they were stretched to the limits by Brisbane Heat in what should have been a cakewalk run chase after they had bowled out their guests for a mere 105.

They had two men to thank for that win: Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis — the former more than the latter.

First, the two combined to dismantle Brisbane’s top order, with Abbott claiming six wickets in all and Dwarshuis two. Then, when the run chase was going horrifically wrong and the team was staring at a record defeat at 47 for 8, the pair combined again, with Abbott scoring a responsible 43-ball 37 and Dwarshuis contributing a 20-ball 23. Their 59-run partnership saved the day.

Newcomer Shadab Khan had a quiet game, going wicketless (4-27-0) and scoring just 8 off 9.

Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Renegades became the latest team to be served a Ben McDermott special by Hobart Hurricanes. They have now lost five straight matches and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the points table.

The return of Aaron Finch was supposed to give them a lift but it hasn’t and they seem to still be in a state of funk.

In the last game, they had a good start and at one point they had the Hurricanes at 52 for 3 in the ninth over. This is when all hell broke loose and McDermott went crazy as he ragdolled every Melbourne bowler that dared to hurl the ball at him.

We’ve found out that stopping McDermott when he is in that mood is very difficult but then no excuses can be made of the meltdown the Renegades suffered in the disastrous run chase. After Sam Harper hit a six off the first ball of the innings, the intent was clear and good but the execution was not. Finch disappeared in the second over and then wickets kept on tumbling until there were no more left.

Harper top-scored with a 57 but he was the lone warrior among what seemed to be a pack of sheep.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Sydney Sixers Melbourne Renegades
PariMatch 1.48 2.55
PariPesa 1.445 2.91
Sportsbet.io 1.52 2.56
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Sydney are the favourites for this Big Bash League fixture. Parimatch has Sydney priced at 1.48 and Melbourne at 2.55. Paripesa has Sydney available for 1.445 and Melbourne for 2.91. Lastly, Sportsbet has Sydney priced at 1.52 and Melbourne at 2.56.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Josh Philippe to score more than 25.5 runs @ 1.87

In his last three matches against Melbourne Renegades, Josh Philippe has scored 48, 95, and 61. He has had a few failures of late but remains dangerous for the Renegades – a side he loves to bat against based on numbers. Therefore, we back him to cover the spread here. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Mohammad Nabi to score under 22.5 runs @ 1.89

Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi has been severely out of form so far this season, with 12 runs (twice) being his highest score. In the last four innings, he has not even managed to get into double figures. The 36-year-old has found little joy with the ball either, which means he may finally be showing his age. Against a side the caliber of the Sixers, we don’t expect him to reverse the trend. The odds have been sourced from Sportsbet.

Conclusion

The Sixers have beaten the Renegades in each of their last four games. We’d have backed them, had the odds on them not been so short, and had they not struggled to chase a mere 106 in their last outing.

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