About the Match
The Strikers have had a mixed run so far and will try their best to win when they take on Melbourne Renegades, who are placed sixth on the table with 4 points, on 16th January at Adelaide. The Renegades have suffered three consecutive losses in their recent outings and will be eager to improve their standings with a much-needed victory here. The hosts are placed seventh on the table and with the home advantage to their side, will leave no stone unturned to go back to their winning ways. It needs to be seen which team can dominate here and emerge victorious on Monday.
Batting first against the Stars, Dunk and Tim Ludeman tried to build a good foundation by scoring 35 and 26 runs respectively; Hodge, Pollard and Jono Dean tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but they could muster only 152 runs in the end. Ben Laughlin put up a tremendous show with the ball, taking 3-19 with his fast-bowling while spinner Sodhi claimed 2-25 to stifle the opponents. Michael Neser and Dunk contributed with a wicket each but they couldn’t stop the Stars from winning.
Against Hurricanes, the batting line-up successfully chased down 162 runs thanks to a power-packed performance by Ben Dunk, who posted an unbeaten 79 off just 49 balls, and good support by captain Brad Hodge, who scored 30 runs. Pollard and Chris Jordan also pitched in with useful knocks and helped them win the match by 5 wickets with 10 balls to spare. Earlier, Jordan claimed a superb 3-24 with his pace skills while Laughlin and Stanlake took 2 wickets each that restricted Hurricanes to 161. Spinners Travis Head, Andrews and Liam O’ Connor bring variety to the attack and can be effective.
Overall, they have result oriented bowlers and in-form batsmen, who could pose a stiff challenge to the Renegades by leveraging the home advantage here.
Despite a stunning performance by the batsmen, who posted a gigantic 222 runs total against Hurricanes recently, they lost the match in the end after a dismal show by the bowlers. Spinners Sunil Narine and Cooper took 5 wickets between them in an economical manner while Brad Hogg contributed with 2 scalps. However, fast-bowlers like Perera, Doherty and Pattinson proved to be too expensive and they lost the match narrowly by 2 wickets. It was a heart-wrenching defeat that led to the good efforts of batsmen Aaron Finch, who scored 63 off 40, Cooper, who contributed with a well-made 53, and others go in vain; however, they will be determined to make a comeback here on Monday.
Against Sixers too, the batsmen did well to post a challenging 170 batting first thanks to a splendid show by Finch, who posted a well-made 57, and good contributions by Ferguson and Cooper who scored 39 runs each. Although Narine and Perera provided useful breakthroughs, taking 2 wickets apiece, the others failed to impress and they lost the match by 6 wickets.
They have done well previously to win two games but they need to pull up their socks here, especially with the ball, in order to keep their campaign going strong.
The Renegades have done very well with the bat and this could help them turn the tide in their favor; Strikers, too, did wonderfully well in their last game to claw their way to victory. We feel that Renegades with their superb batting lineup and spinning options are placed better to emerge victorious here on Monday.