About the Match
The Melbourne Renegades are 5th on the table with 6 points from 7 matches and will host Adelaide Strikers, who are currently at the top with 11 points from 7 matches and have earned a home semi-final, in the upcoming league on 19th Jan at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. The Renegades won three games, losing as many but will try to make amends with a victory here and try to make it to the next stage. The Strikers on the other hand are very enthusiastic with 5 straight wins and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; it will be interesting to see which team can dominate the other and triumph on Monday.
Setting up 183 runs as the target against Sydney Sixers, the batsmen proved their strength when delivering the goods with bat; Craig Simmons top scored with his 46 off 34 balls, man of the match, Johan Botha blasted an unbeaten 41 off just 19 balls and Tim Ludeman scored 31 off 15 balls to help the team set the high target. On the bowling front, all-rounder Botha took 2-27 from 4 overs to lead the attack, Shaun Tait was brilliant at the same time with 2-29 and Kane Richardson also grabbed two wickets while Laughlin & Zampa took a wicket each. Tim Ludeman has scored over 200 runs in the tournament so far whereas Craig Simmons, Ryan ten Doeschate & Jono Dean are accomplished batsmen and can provide stability. The bowling department shows great promise with Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Ben Laughlin, Johan Botha and Shaun Tait being consistent all through. Overall, the team has the ability and necessary fire-power to overcome any situation; they will be eager to continue winning and prepare for the next stage with a positive outcome on Monday.
Winning the match against Brisbane Heat by 5 wickets, the Renegades batsmen chased down 81 runs with ease in just 14 overs; Tom Beaton scored an unbeaten 31 of just 16 balls while Ben Rohrer scored 25 runs off 31 balls to help the team get to the target without any worries. Bowlers Shakib Al Hasan took 4 wickets giving away just 13 runs while James Pattionson took 2 wickets to topple the top order; others like Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed and Ben Strokes continued with their good form and took regular wickets to demolish the Brisbane team and restrict them to 80 runs. Matthew Wade had punched 71 runs in their previous game but wasn’t as successful here while Beaton had scored 34 and shows consistency with the bat. The team has a good balance of bowlers and batsmen, who can perform under pressure, but they will need to be cautious against the Strikers who are pumped up about their chances here after already reserving their semi-final berth.
It will be a tough fight between Melbourne Renegades, who will give it their all to keep their hopes alive and Adelaide Strikers, who want to stabilize their position. Though Renegades have the home advantage, we feel that the Strikers, who have recently moved to the top of the table, will be the winners in the upcoming match.
Adelaide Strikers, 1.80 @ Bet365