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January 10, 2020
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars
Venue: Marvel Stadium | Start: 7:10pm
Melbourne Renegades – Quite incredibly, the Renegades’ season is all but done barring a minor miracle after slumping to their seventh-straight loss on Tuesday night. Coming into BBL09 as the reigning champions, most experts thought Aaron Finch’s side would be up to their neck in it again this season. And with the additional of Shaun Marsh to an already experienced outfit, some tipped they’d go back-to-back. But nothing has clicked in a horror season that will only be turned around with a huge shift in form. Undoubtedly losing highly-credentialed (and title-winning) coach Andrew McDonald and inserting first-timer Michael Klinger was a risk that hasn’t paid off. But more importantly, they’ve simply been the worst bowling side in the competition. In seven games, only one bowler (Kane Richardson) averages more than one wicket per game. It’s a damning stat that reflects poorly on a side who’ve failed to live up to the hype.
Finch said it was ‘tough to leave’ the Gades as he jets off for Australia’s tour of India, and said their form simply hasn’t been good enough. “It’s shocking. We had some really high hopes of turning [around our form],” he said. “We’ve been poor. I’ve been guilty as anyone. I’ve made a lot of starts and haven’t gone on, so it’s disappointing. We have been there and thereabouts every time, just some small parts in games have hurt us every time.”
Melbourne Stars – The Stars’ purple patch has continued in BBL09, already looking a sure-fire thing to finish in the top two this season. After another commanding win over the Thunder at the MCG on Wednesday night, they moved to 6-1 and along with the Sydney Sixers (both on six wins), are two games clear of third. It was a familiar sight against the Thunder as the Stars tightened the screw with the ball and in the field, before comfortably accounting for the visitors’ total, yet again, through the dominance of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: their omission from Australia’s upcoming ODI tour of India is one of the biggest determining factors in this year’s Big Bash. With two of Australia’s premier white ball all-rounders being available for all 14 games plus finals, the Stars remain deserved favourites to take home their first piece of BBL silverware.
Wednesday night’s headlines, however, were stolen by pace sensation Haris Rauf whose hat-trick lit up the MCG. His three wickets took his season tally to 13 and moved him to second on the wicket takers list, an incredible achievement given he has played just four games. His rise from playing Tasmanian club cricket to shining on Australia’s biggest stage is profound. More importantly for the Stars, his express pace will be huge come finals time.
Betting Analysis – It’s hard to see anything but a Stars win here, although the familiar surroundings of Marvel Stadium – a venue the Gades won five of seven last season including the famous final against the Stars – could give them a slight chance. One of their top order will have to go big for this to occur and in the absence of Finch, Shaun Marsh is the smart top runscorer bet. With the ball, the aforementioned Richardson is their standout option, with daylight as second. For the Stars, despite Maxwell’s brilliant form, Stoinis remains the shrewder top runscorer option given his position as opener (as in turn, more time at the crease). With the ball, Rauf’s wicket count for his four BBL games read: 2, 5, 3, 3. That’s good enough for us in the wicket takers market.
Head to Head: Melbourne Stars
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh
Most Wickets – Melbourne Renegades: Kane Richardson
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis
Most Wickets – Melbourne Stars: Haris Rauf