Melbourne Renegades’ challenge to avoid being seventh time unlucky
Adelaide Strikers to win
It is a now or never scenario for the Melbourne Renegades as they play against the Adelaide Strikers in the 29th game of the Big Bash League 2020-21. The Renegades lost to the Scorchers by a huge margin in the last game and they are looking hopeless at the moment with their batting. The Strikers also come into this contest after going down against the Sydney Sixers in the last game and they would look to bounce back in this one.
Renegades don’t seem to have any clue on winning games at the moment. Their bowlers have been all over the place allowing opponents to pile up big totals and their batsmen have been even worse. They will have to win this game to keep their hopes of making it to the playoffs alive. Strikers have lost their last two games and they are expected to bounce back in this one and it would be interesting to see if Renegades are able to halt their slide.
With six straight losses Aaron Finch’s side is almost on the brink of ending another season in the league stage. They went down against the Perth Scorchers in the last game by 96 runs getting bowled out for 89 runs, their third score of less than 100 runs this season. Their fate now hangs by the wire and Finch would have to inspire his men to succeed in this game against the Strikers.
The side would like to see a more convincing start from Sam Harper and Shaun Marsh in this game. Finch will have to play well down at No. 3 with the rest of the batting being in shambles at the moment. Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi and Jack Prestwidge will need to play a strong hand down the order considering the overall form the batting line-up is in at the moment.
Kane Richardson has bowled well in the last few games but he will need good support, Josh Lalor has been expensive in the last few games and needs to do well here. Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmed and Prestwidge would be expected to come up with tighter lines in this game. Mohammad Nabi will have to bring all his experience to play and play a leading role for the side to win this very important game.
Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmad
Aaron Finch, Jack Prestwidge, Sam Harper, Noor Ahmad, Mackenzie Harvey, SI Wasim, KW Richardson, Mohammad Nabi, Jake Fraser McGurk, Josh Lalor, BJ Webster
Alex Carey’s side struggled with the bat and the ball in the last game as the Sydney Sixers registered a comprehensive 7-wicket win against them. They come into this game with back to back losses and shall look to turn it around. Carey would be aware of Renegades’ struggle this season and he’d want his team to exploit this and move up on the points table with a win in this game.
Philip Salt and Matt Renshaw fell cheaply in the last game and they would look to make amends in this game. Carey is looking in good form and so did Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells in the last game. Rashid Khan, Ryan Gibson and Daniel Worrall can hit the ball hard and they would look to take on the Renegades bowling attack that hasn’t done well so far in the tournament.
Daniel Worrall and Danny Briggs have to bowl well in this game after their poor show with the new ball against the Sixers. Peter Siddle went for runs in the last game but he has been in good form so far. With Rashid Khan bowling well the side does have a good chance and they would look for more economical spell from Wes Agar in this game.
Alex Carey (c & wk), Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle
Harry Conway, Philip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Danny Briggs, Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan, Ryan Gibson, JW Wells
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||5.02 k/h||From: SSE||27%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||6.93 k/h||From: S||29%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||7.16 k/h||From: S||30%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||7.1 k/h||From: S||52%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||6.11 k/h||From: SSE||31%|
|15h||14||0 mm.||5.66 k/h||From: SSE||29%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||5.16 k/h||From: SSE||42%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||6.04 k/h||From: SSE||91%|
There would be odd clouds over Adelaide on January 05 but we should have a good game on our hands. The track would be slightly tricky to start out and there would be some assistance for the bowlers. Batsmen would have to mix caution with aggression and a score of around 170 runs should be a good one here.
Adelaide Oval is a good venue for T20 cricket as it offers enough for the batsmen and the bowlers. The ball does a bit in the early stages of the game causing trouble for the batsmen. But the small boundaries around the square and fast outfield do offer plenty of opportunities for the batsmen. It can be tough for the spinners at this venue considering the shorter boundaries.
The pitch here at Adelaide has always been a good one for chasing totals. Fast bowlers do get assistance on a fresh wicket early on in the day. Most teams have preferred to bowl in this tournament upon winning the toss and we expect to the side winning the spin of coin to invite the opponents to bat first.
There seems no end to Melbourne Renegades’ struggle. It is the manner of their losses that would have hurt the side most as their batting line-up is looking too shaky at the moment. They would have to completely turn it around in the next game for the side to win. Adelaide Strikers despite back to back losses look a much better side at the moment and this would make them favorites against the Renegades.
Adelaide Strikers to win