Sydney Thunder (THU) will lock horns with Melbourne Renegades (REN) in the 40th match of the BBL 2023-24 at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney on January 17. Neither of these teams have had a good season so far, with just one and two wins, respectively. They also occupy the bottom two positions in the points table.
Sydney Thunder squared off against Sydney Sixers in their last encounter, where Sydney Thunder won the toss and elected to bowl. The Sixers did not start well, losing Smith on the very first ball, but a second-wicket partnership worth 59 runs brought them back. This partnership was then followed by a couple of more decent partnerships, which led the team to a total of 157 runs. Thunder had a thunderous approach to the chase as they amassed 44 runs for the first wicket in four overs, but after the fall of the first wicket, they just kept losing one after the other. They eventually lost the game by 19 runs.
Melbourne Renegades played against Melbourne Stars in their last match, where Melbourne Renegades won the toss and elected to bowl. Stars started aggressively but lost a couple of wickets in the process as well. By the end of seven overs, they were in a good position, but the fall of the third wicket meant wickets were falling in a heap. They were only able to score 138 runs by the time their innings came to an end. Renegades lost a wicket early but had a brilliant second-wicket partnership. They were easily able to chase the target as they won the game by six wickets with 16 balls to spare.