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December 29, 2019
Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers
Venue: Marvel Stadium | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)
Melbourne Renegades – The reigning champions are winless from their opening three games of BBL09. And while they haven’t hit the panic button yet given the Big Bash season is 14 games long, a fourth straight loss would start to make things very difficult for the Michael Klinger led side.
Quite simply, the Renegades need more from the players that were integral to their first BBL title last season. Last season’s leading runscorer Sam Harper has got away in just one of their three games while Tom Cooper has scored just 23 runs in three innings. Further, Englishman Harry Gurney – one of the world’s more experienced T20 bowlers – is currently going at an economy rate of over 10. By contrast new signing Shaun Marsh has been superb, peeling off 42, 55 and 37 in his opening games for the club. Kane Richardson, too, is going at less than 5.5 an over and is leading the way for his club.
The good news for the Gades is that they’re back at Marvel Stadium for the first time in BBL09. Michael Klinger’s side won five of seven games at the venue last season and became adept at eking out results on the sometimes tricky surface.
Adelaide Strikers – The Strikers are unbeaten in their first three games of BBL09 and look a more polished version of the side that finished a disappointing seventh last season. Jason Gillespie has mixed youth with experience in his side, the latter of which shone through in their win on Friday night against tournament favourites the Stars. Man of the match Jono Wells (68 not out off 46 balls) continued his purple patch in the middle order before 35-year-old Peter Siddle (3/24) wound back the clock with a vintage T20 bowling performance, seeing out a tense final over.
Incredibly, after the win the Strikers had the top three runscorers in BBL09, with Wells, Aussie ODI keeper Alex Carey and the explosive Jake Weatherald sitting third, second and first respectively. Weatherald in particular has got his side off to a flyer in all three games, with scores of 42, 83 and 21. Perhaps the biggest indicator of his confidence was taking 20 off South African legend Dale Steyn’s first ever Big Bash over.
By contrast, none of the Strikers players sit in the top 10 wicket takers of BBL09, with no player having taken more than four wickets. This won’t faze Gillespie, however, who’ll be happy his bowlers are sharing the spoils.
Betting Analysis – Marvel Stadium was one of the most difficult surfaces to bat on in BBL08 and a total in excess of 150 was scored just once in seven games. As such, don’t necessarily expect a high-scoring affair. What you might expect, however, is for Shaun Marsh to continue his brilliant form at the top of the order for the Renegades, and for Kane Richardson to thrive with the ball at a venue he’s achieved great success at. For the Strikers, again look for Weatherald to go big early and Peter Siddle to get the wood over some of his Victorian teammates.
Head to Head: Melbourne Renegades
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh
Most Wickets – Melbourne Renegades: Kane Richardson
Top Runs Scorer – Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald
Most Wickets – Adelaide Strikers: Peter Siddle