Wednesday, January 15

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades (6:10pm AEDT)
Hales 'Over' 25.5 Runs ($1.83)

The Sydney Thunder are offered a terrific opportunity at points when they host the winless Renegades this evening.

The Thunder have seemingly snapped their poor run of form, thanks largely to an impressive partnership from Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja that proved pivotal too much for the Hobart Hurricanes. In theory, this is an easier task and they are up to making it two in a row.

There isn’t a lot to say about the 0-9 Renegades at this point of the season, other than the end cannot come quickly enough. Even one win would salvage some credibility.

Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars (9:10pm AEDT)
Stoinis Top Runscorer (Stars) - $3.50

One of the better matches in recent memory looks like materialising in the nation’s west tonight.

Following an extremely slow start, the Scorchers have continued to improve with each effort and enter this match third on the ladder, having won four of their last five matches. They were far too good for the Hurricanes in Perth on Monday night, and there’s little doubt that they’ll be better in front of their parochial home crowd.

The Melbourne Stars meanwhile have been in a league of their own. Nine matches for eight wins and just the one loss and rarely do they look threatened. Marcus Stoinis is in career-best form and while I’m sure it’ll be hard to replicate his 147 not out vs the Sixers, I’m confident he’s capable of producing another enormous innings.