Our Prediction: Melbourne Renegades to win, N/A Bet on Melbourne Renegades to win for Real Money
The Melbourne Renegades lost their first match of the tournament to the Perth Scorchers in their last match and will be looking to bounce back strongly against the Sydney Sixers who are yet to record a single win this season. The Sixers are fast approaching that part of the season when they must win in order to keep their hopes alive and need to do something drastic in order to turn their fortunes around.
The Melbourne Renegades batting was undone against a powerful Perth Scorchers bowling lineup. The Renegades could only score 130 and even though their bowlers tried hard to make a match of it, that total was never going to be enough.
The Renegades are still waiting on some runs from their ace batsman, Aaron Finch, who has just scored 12 runs in total so far. He continues to hard at the bowlers, possibly trying to hit his way back into form, and we cannot help but think that he needs to give himself some more time at the crease.
Cameron White, Tom Cooper, and Marcus Harris have all scored at least one fifty each in this tournament to be in good form. Even Brad Hodge coming later down the order has shown good touch and scored runs quickly.
With the likes of Ludeman, Nabi, and Wildermuth, all of whom can bat pretty well, the Renegades are filled with plenty of batting. One off game should not be something that causes them to change their plans.
The Renegades bowling has also done well in the tournament so far with plenty of wickets for Dwayne Bravo and Brad Hogg. Mohammad Nabi has been very economical with the ball as well. Maybe a little more from Kane Richardson and Wildermuth is all that they would like to see moving ahead in the tournament to ensure that they stay competitive.
It is natural for all teams to lose a few matches in a league as tightly contested as the Big Bash is so we do not think there is too much to read into one loss against the reigning champions.
Moises Henriques missed his second match for the Sydney Sixers and that seems to be a loss that the Sydney Sixers are unable to adjust to. They keep picking just five pure batsmen to compete with teams even though the bowlers they select are not that dangerous. Teams like the Strikers and the Scorchers have built their campaign around a lineup of brilliant bowlers but that does not seem like a viable option for the Sixers.
Still, they came close to handing the Perth Scorchers their first defeat of the tournament but choked in the end. With 15 runs required off 7 balls and no set batsman on the crease, the Sixers would have backed their bowlers to do the job but they could not come through when it mattered most.
Johan Botha’s captaincy has been utterly lacking in strategy as he not only did not use the resources at his disposal correctly but failed to grasp the most important situations in the matches and adapt accordingly.
The Sydney Sixers are currently struggling for runs and even their overseas imports have not helped the cause. Jason Roy and Sam Billings have not played a single inning of note and it is hard to see how much longer the Sixers can continue to just carry on with the same tactics.
It is time for the Sixers to beef up their batting and decide who their best bowlers are instead of cramming them all into the playing eleven.
The weather is expected to be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain being forecast. This will be the first BBL match being played at the Simonds Stadium and so the conditions can be a little unpredictable. With some small boundaries around and drop-in pitches that are usually flat, the bowlers could be in for a real hiding in this match.
The Sydney Sixers have beaten the Melbourne Renegades in their last four meetings but this is a team that is on the downswing. We strongly favor the Melbourne Renegades in this one.
Back the Melbourne Renegades to win.
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