Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers
December 29, 2019
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Bottom placed Melbourne Renegades will host Adelaide Strikers on Sunday in the 15th match of Big Bash 2019-20.
Defending champions Melbourne Renegades are yet to collect a point in the Big Bash League 2019-20 after three games. They are coming off a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Hobart Hurricanes and will be keen to get their first win of the season against Adelaide Strikers.
Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, are at second with two wins and a no result in the Big Bash League 2019-20 points table. The Strikers held their nerves and secured a narrow 4-run win over Melbourne Stars in their last game. The Strikers will hope to put a more dominate performance against the struggling Renegades.
Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:
Sam Harper seems like a slogger at this point and the chances of him succeeding are always slim. All of the other frontline batsmen for the Renegades got starts in the previous match. Aaron Finch got 50, Shaun Marsh 37, and Marcus Harris 37, but all of their strike rates were under 135.
Kane Richardson is the lone bowler who is performing for the Renegades right now and this problem is getting harder to fix. Richard Gleeson and Harry Gurney are struggling in the BBL and we think it is time for a change. We have a feeling that Gleeson is not going to be playing the next match for the Melbourne Renegades.
Beau Webster and Cameron Boyce also need to get their act together for the Renegades bowling to be more effective.
Melbourne Renegades predicted XI: Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Richard Gleeson.
Adelaide Strikers performance in Big Bash League:
Jonathan Wells continued his brilliant form in Big Bash League 2019-20 as he made the most of a sloppy fielding effort from the Melbourne Stars. He scored 68 not out to help the Adelaide Striker reach 174, a total that proved to be enough by 4 runs in the end.
Alex Carey provided the support that Jonathan Wells needed in the middle as the other Adelaide batsmen failed to deliver.
Jake Weatherald started like a runaway train but threw away his wicket after smashing four boundaries in the first six balls he faced. Philip Salt has not made an impact on the Big Bash League 2019-20 until now and Matthew Short has struggled at number three also.
Rashid Khan has been very good in the matches he has played so far and is well supported by the other bowlers as well. Billy Stanlake would have liked more wickets to his name but his extra pace is always testing. Peter Siddle kept his nerve and picked up three crucial wickets to win the Adelaide Strikers in the previous match.
Adelaide Strikers expected XI: Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, Alex Carey (wk), Jonathan Wells, Cameron White, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake.
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the first of the five Big Bash League 2019-20 season to be played at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne.
Off the 7 games played at the venue during Big Bash League 2018-19, 4 were won by the team batting first and 3 were won by the team chasing the total.
138 was the average 1st inning score at the venue during Big Bash League 2018-19.
No T20I has been played at the venue so far.
Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers: Today's Match Prediction
- Shaun Marsh has scored 134 runs in his 3 innings in Big Bash League 2019-20 and is currently the tournament’s leading run scorer.
- Jake Weatherald has scored 125 runs in his 2 innings and is just 9 runs short off highest run scorer Shaun Marsh in the leading run scorers list.
- Jonathan Wells scored 68* off 46 balls against Melbourne Stars. He has scored 73 runs in his 2 innings so far this season.
- Peter Siddle joined the Strikers squad after getting dropped from Australia’s test 13-man squad against New Zealand and picked three wickets against Melbourne Stars in his 1st game of the tournament this season.
- Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch scored a half century against Hobart Hurricanes. He scored 107 runs in his 3 innings and is currently 7th in the batting charts.