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Jan 12, 2020
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades
Venue: Adelaide Oval | Start: 3:40pm (AEDT)
Adelaide Strikers – After a promising start to the season, the Strikers have lost three on the bounce and are on the stroke of dropping out of the finals spots. Not even a Rashid Khan hat-trick could save them against the Sixers on Wednesday afternoon, their total of 135 simply not enough.
It’s been said before this season, but the Strikers simply don’t have enough contributors across the board to be currently considered big BBL09 threats. Khan and Peter Siddle are not only leading the way in the wickets departments, but are also keeping things tight as the two most economical bowlers in the team. With the bat, the trio of Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey and Jono Wells (266, 266 and 234 runs respectively) are far and away the side’s biggest contributors with the bat. But beyond that, it’s slim pickings. The likes of Phil Salt (104 runs) Matt Short (62) and Cameron White (36) simply haven’t performed, and it was unsurprising to see White dropped for the Sixers clash.
On a selection front, Alex Carey is unavailable for the next fortnight due to commitments with the national team but he is ably replaced by test batsman Travis Head who is looking to make an immediate impact. Head hopes this stint will see him reconsidered for Australian white ball duties. “I’ve got seven games and some finals hopefully with the Strikers to show that I’ve still got it and that I can perform and do it really well,” he said this week.
Melbourne Renegades – The Gades were on track to finally notch their first win of BBL09 until they ran into an immovable (and destructive) object in Glenn Maxwell on Friday night. After posting 168, Michael Klinger’s side at one stage forced the Stars to score at over 12 an over. But they did, and in going down the Renegades would clock their eighth-straight loss of the season. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the defeat was that after 10 overs, new opening pairing Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris were cruising at 0/85. Yet the team would only eke out 7/168 in what should have been a 180-plus (and potentially match-winning) total.
Nevertheless, they pick themselves up yet again, desperate for their first points of the season. In essence, they’re playing for pride, with finals hopes all but done after their second derby defeat within a week. Without Aaron Finch for the next few games (in India for the Australian ODI tour), expect to see Harris and Marsh remain at the top of the order in this one. And in a massive boost for Klinger, the Gades welcome back the world’s number one ranked T20 all-rounder in Mohammad Nabi for the trip to Adelaide. Nabi will be with the team until the end of the season.
Betting Analysis – The Strikers have lost their last two at home, and are desperate to regain the fortress status the Adelaide Oval once held. The Renegades, and in particular Dan Christian, have fond memories of this ground, pulling off the most unlikely of victories (aside from the final, of course) in BBL08 to chase down 175 after slumping to 5/82. The Gades might need a similar miracle this time around such is their current form. Look for Weatherald to continue his solid form this season in the runscorer market for the Strikers and with the ball, it’s risky business bypassing the king of T20 bowling that is Rashid Khan. For the Gades, the in-form Shaun Marsh remains the obvious top runscorer bet while the experienced Cam Boyce is a shrewd wicket-taking option.
Head to Head: Adelaide Strikers
Top Runs Scorer – Adelaide Strikers: Jake Weatherald
Most Wickets – Adelaide Strikers: Rashid Khan
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh
Most Wickets – Melbourne Renegades: Cameron Boyce