The two standout teams in the competition so far have been the Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers. They are both unbeaten in the competition after having played two games but have displayed very different playing styles. We could be a watching a preview of a knockout match and both teams will be keen to gain the early advantage.
The Melbourne Renegades are easily the most improved side in this year’ s BBL and a lot of the pundits are picking them to even win the title. It is easy to see why at the moment because they have every area of the game covered.
The Renegades batting has been firing so far even though their top gun, Aaron Finch, has not fired. With just 12 runs from the two games played, Finch will want to start contributing to his team’s progress as soon as possible.
Cameron White has taken over the role as the lead batsman for the Renegades at the moment and has two significant scores to his name from two matches. White has matured as a T20 player and while he did look a little flustered against the short pitch barrage he faced from the Hobart Hurricanes, he recovered well to score runs in every part of the ground.
We feel both Finch and White will be tested against the top-quality attack that the Scorchers bring to the table and that the battle between Mitchell Johnson and these two could be one to savor. With players like Marcus Harris, Dwayne Bravo, and Brad Hodge also in the lineup, the Renegades would back themselves to get enough runs on the board more times than not.
Their bowling has so far revolved around Dwayne Bravo who has 7 wickets to his name from 2 matches. Everyone knows that Bravo is going to be bowling his mix of slower balls but that does not change the fact that he still deceives the batsmen.
Brad Hogg and Mohammad Nabi have been good as well but they could be put under pressure from the Scorchers batsmen.
The Perth Scorchers are the defending champions and the most successful team in the history of the BBL but they have entered each match in the competition as the underdogs. The reason for that is the loss of multiple players to international engagements as well as personal reason.
Michael Klinger, though, is back with the squad and even though he only scored one run in the previous match, he will be very important for the Perth Scorchers going forward.
Other than him, Hilton Cartwright, Adam Voges, and Ashton Turner are the ones that will have to score the bulk of the runs with some useful cameos from the likes of Agar.
The real strength of the Perth Scorchers is their bowling. Led by Andrew Tye who has 9 wickets to his name after just two matches, the Scorchers have become masters at defending small totals. They beat the batting heavy side of the Melbourne Stars after scoring just 142 and will be hoping to stifle the Renegades batting in a similar manner.
There is absolutely no respite for opposition batsmen against the Scorchers. Tye, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Agar and Mitchell Johnson all come hard at the batsmen with the intent to pick wickets. The fact that they are able to do this while keeping the scoring rate low is absolutely exceptional.
The Perth Scorchers will be tested when they have to chase down a large total and that could be their Achilles heel in the tournament. The Renegades have the batting to score against the Scorchers and we could find the Scorchers having to lean on their batting more than they have had to so far in the tournament.
The weather in Melbourne is predicted to be wet on match day and there is a likelihood that we will have a rain-interrupted match. We think that the Scorchers become even more dangerous in a rain-affected game because they do not have to compete against the entire batting depth of the Melbourne Renegades.
The Melbourne Renegades have never beaten the Perth Scorchers in the BBL. That is six straight victories to the Perth Scorchers including three at the Docklands Stadium which is where this match is going to be played.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win.
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