Melbourne Renegades look to open their account against inconsistent Perth Scorchers!
Melbourne Renegades to win this game!
Both Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers haven’t had the best of times in this season. The Renegades haven’t opened their account yet while the Scorchers have won two out of their six games. Melbourne Renegades have been very disappointing in this BBL so far. They’ve lost six games in a row now and need to win almost every game to stay in contention to qualify for the semi-finals. After the first couple of games, the batting hasn’t been up to the mark. They’ve often ended up with under-par totals and were not even able to chase 156 against the Adelaide Strikers.
In fact, their last three scores batting first have been 147, 155/6 and 142/9. The bowling hasn’t been consistent either and with low totals to defend, they haven’t been able to make an impact either.
Perth Scorchers have blown hot and cold severely. They started with a loss but bounced back well before losing a couple on the bounce. They once again bounced back well beating Brisbane Heat by a big margin. They lost to the Hobart Hurricanes and are languishing at the seventh place on the points table. Perth hasn’t chased well and that has affected them big time.
The Melbourne Renegades batting has been under the scanner and it has been one of the reasons for their winless run so far. There have been promising signs but consistency has eluded the batsmen. Shaun Marsh is the leading run-getter and has got starts in every game. He has 233 runs in six innings but has scored just one fifty and has failed to convert most of his starts.
Meanwhile, Aaron Finch has scored a couple of half-centuries but hasn’t looked at his best. Beau Webster has looked good and is batting well. In fact, he’s scoring at 140.47 and has got 177 runs in the tournament. Apart from the top four, there’s not been any significant contributions. The likes of Tom Cooper and Daniel Christian have had disappointing returns with the bat.
With the ball, the story is not too different. Most of them have struggled for consistency. Kane Richardson is leading the wicket charts and has picked up nine wickets in this season. Cameron Boyce has taken five wickets from six games while the likes of Richard Gleeson and Richard Gleeson have blown hot and cold.
Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Tom Andrews, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson
Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Shaun Marsh, KW Richardson, SR Patel, Cameron Boyce, Marcus Harris, Richard Gleeson, BJ Webster, DT Christian, Will Sutherland
The Perth Scorchers batting has been indifferent. Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis have been inconsistent at the top of the order. Their strike-rates have been good but their scores have been up and down. Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft has scored a couple of the fifties but there’s been nothing significant apart from that. Mitchell Marsh is leading the run charts for the Scorchers. He has scored 193 runs at an average of 38.60 and is striking at 139.85.
Cameron Green has been a big disappointment in the middle-order. With the ball, Chris Jordan and Fawad Ahmed have led the charge. They've picked up eight wickets each. While Ahmed has been economical, Jordan has been slightly expensive. The likes of Ashton Agar and Jhye Richardson haven’t been at their best. In fact, Agar has been very disappointing with the bat and with the ball, he’s been expensive and hasn’t picked wickets regularly.
Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglis (wk), Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kelly, Fawad Ahmed
Matthew Kelly, Chris Jordan, Timothy David, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The weather is expected to be slightly cloudy but there is no real rain threat. The temperatures will range around 17-190 during the game. The pitch is generally a good one to bat and the ball should come on to bat nicely and batsmen will likely be able to play on the up.
This is the second and last game of this BBL season at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong. Sydney Thunder chased down 170 with two balls to spare against Melbourne Renegades. The Simonds Stadium has also hosted a T20I between Australia and Sri Lanka back in 2017.
While the general trend has been to field first and chase, but in this BBL, teams batting first have found more success. However, Geelong is a ground where the teams batting second have been better. Hence, it could be a tricky call for the captains to make.
Perth Scorchers have been very inconsistent while Melbourne Renegades haven’t even opened their account.
This is an interesting match-up but Melbourne Renegades may have a chance to finally win their first game of this BBL season. They have the firepower and a couple of special performances could turn it around for them.
Melbourne Renegades to win this game!