Man of the Match: Meg Lanning
Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades aim to escape mid-table tussle as they clash at Perth!
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!
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|Sydney Sixers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.392|
|Perth Scorchers Women||3||1||2||0||0||2||-0.583|
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The scheduling of the WBBL this time has been a touch odd. There are multiple gaps in between and at the same time, teams also play back to back matches after big breaks. Most of the times that is the case.
Perth Scorchers will be in action after a four-day gap while Melbourne Renegades get a game after almost a week. But both teams will have a busy weekend with back to back games. Perth Scorchers faced the Melbourne Renegades in the respective teams’ opening fixture in this WBBL. It was the latter who put it across the Scorchers to open their account. However, quite a bit has changed since then. Perth Scorchers who lost that opening game beat the Brisbane Heat convincingly when they chased down 147 with 10 balls to spare and nine wickets in hand. But their small momentum was stalled as they ran into a red-hot Adelaide Strikers who are currently at the top of the points table.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Renegades started with a loss but won two games on the bounce. However, they failed to hold their nerve against the Sydney Thunder as they lost the last game by three runs.
The Perth batting has done decently. In fact, most of the top four have got substantial scores in one or the other game. However, the batting hasn’t really fired in unison. Amy Ellen Jones, Meg Lanning and Natalie Sciver form a strong and solid top three with Nicole Bolton coming in at No. 4. The England duo of Jones and Sciver have led the batting charts for Scorchers so far. While the former has scored 107 runs at an average of 53.50, Sciver has amassed 93 runs and has been dismissed in this tournament just once so far.
The bowling attack is a touch inexperienced. There is not a lot of international experience in the bowling. Hence, with the ball, it is only Kim Garth and Jemma Barsby who the ones leading the charge and also the wickets tally. Both of them have been economical and also, wicket-taking. Garth has taken five wickets so far while Barsby is not too far behind as he has picked up four wickets.
Amy Ellen Jones (WK), Meg Lanning (C), Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel
Meg Lanning, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby
The Melbourne Renegades’ batting has been good so far. They have chased down a couple of tricky targets so far in this tournament. However, failing in that chase of 133 was a slight blow.
The Renegades top order has been slightly wobbly. Danielle Wyatt has looked good but has failed to convert her start. The others have been pretty disappointing, especially the international recruits who have failed to make an impact. Hence, the likes of Sophie Molineux and Tammy Beaumont will look to take a lot more responsibility with the bat.
Jessica Duffin has led from the front in this tournament for the Renegades. She has scored 156 runs and that too at a strike-rate of 133.33.
With the ball, Maitlan Brown has the most number of teams for the Renegades in this tournament. He averages 11.71 and has a strike-rate of 11, both with the ball. Lea Tahuhu has been decent with the ball. She will be looking to continue her good run. Georgia Wareham’s form might be a slight cause of concern. She has a good T20 record but she will need to convert that into an international success.
Sophie Molineux, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Claire Koski, Jessica Duffin (C), Courtney Webb, Josephine Dooley (WK), Maitlan Brown, Georgia Wareham, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu
Maitlan Brown, Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Molineux, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano, Josie Dooley, Tammy Beaumont, Carly Leeson, Jess Duffin, Georgia Wareham, Claire Koski
There are a few showers predicted during different parts of the day. Considering this is an evening start, the weather is expected just clear up. The temperatures will hover around the mid-teens all day with the precipitation constantly varying. The pitch historically used to assist a lot of pace and bounce but at the moment, it has become a lot flatter and better to bat on. It should be a good batting strip.
The WACA in Perth was known to be the fastest and bounciest surface in world cricket. However, over the last few years, it has become a batting friendly wicket where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. The outfield is quick as well. This is the first game at this venue in this tournament this year. It will host about seven games before hosting four in the Women’s T20 World Cup.
The team winning the toss might want to bat first. It will be a fresh wicket which has never been used in this season before. Moreover, the bounce will be true and shot-making will be a lot easier. Teams might want to make the first use of the good batting track.
Perth Scorchers may be lying at the seventh position in the points table of this fifth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). They might as well turn the tide this time around. They lost to the Melbourne Renegades in the first game and will be looking to settle the score in the reverse fixture.
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!