Playoff hopefuls Sydney Thunder (THU) take on strugglers Melbourne Renegades (REN) in match 40 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 season at Marvel Stadium in Victoria on Saturday, January 8. The match will start at 12:35 PM IST.

REN vs THU Dream11 prediction

Despite heading into the contest on the back of a confidence boosting win, the fact remains that Melbourne Renegades have largely struggled this season. The team has registered just two wins in eight matches as they find themselves seventh in the points table.

Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, are battling to finish within the playoff spots. After five wins in eight games, they are third in the standings and a win on Saturday will most likely give them safe passage into the playoffs. With so much to play for and a chance to strengthen their playoff hopes, Sydney Thunder will enter Saturday’s clash as the outright favourites.

REN vs THU Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

After a rather poor start, THU’s Jason Sangha has delivered for his team in some style. The 22-year-old batter has scored 239 runs and is batting at a strike rate of 142.26. As a result, Sangha has proved to be quite a catch for fantasy players, accumulating 432 points while making it to the Dream Team in each of his last five matches.

Top tip: Best bowler

REN’s Kane Richardson had a dip in form midway through the season, but the experienced pacer was back to his usual best against Melbourne Stars, picking three wickets and ending with a tally of 97 points. Given the nature of the pitch for the upcoming clash, Richardson, who bagged two wickets in his last outing, is likely to thrive on Saturday as he looks to add to his 14 scalps this season.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

THU’s Daniel Sams has been quite consistent this season. With 12 wickets in eight games, he is currently his team’s highest wicket-taker and a popular choice for the all-rounder position among fantasy enthusiasts. With 471 fantasy points to his name, he has the best return among all players involved in this fixture.

THU’s Sam Billings is the outright choice for a wicket-keeper in your fantasy team. The England international has accrued 440 fantasy points in eight games while making it to the Dream Team on six occasions. He’s among the top scorers this season with 265 runs under his belt. 

REN vs THU probable playing XI

REN playing XI (probable): Sam Harper (wicket-keeper), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson (captain), Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, James Seymour, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan

THU playing XI (probable): Matthew Gilkes, Ben Cutting, Jason Sangha, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Chris Green (captain), Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Mohammad Hasnain, Saqib Mahmood

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