About the Match
With just a few more league matches remaining in the BBL series this season before the semi-final stage, the Strikers and Melbourne Renegades will face each other on Jan 22 at the Adelaide Oval Stadium wherein both teams will try their best to make it to the top-four though their chances look very slim. While the hosts have 5 points from seven matches played and are placed at the 6th position on the table, Melbourne Renegades have 4 points and are positioned at the 7th place; interestingly, this will be the first time the two teams face each other this season and it will be quite an even contest at this crucial juncture.
It was a dismal performance by the batsmen as the entire top order collapsed without much of a fight against Brisbane Heat while chasing a target of 130 runs; though Ludeman and Reardon posted a 46-run partnership for the 5th wicket and their efforts were commendable, the rest of the team was showed no determination to win the game and were all out for just 97 runs. The bowlers had delivered by taking regular wickets and restricting the opposition from scoring the big runs; Neser, Botha and Tait took 2 wickets each and with their bowling being consistent so far, the trio shows a lot of promise to give their team the necessary advantage in the upcoming contest. In the batting department, Hales and Dean who have performed better in previous matches will need to sharpen their skills and along with Klinger provide the much needed solid foundation for the team. The team needs to pull itself up and win Wednesday’s match if they want to keep their hopes alive here.
The team suffered its third consecutive defeat by losing to the Sixers by a narrow margin of just 2 runs in the last match; while the top order did well to put up steady partnerships, the lower middle order failed to give any support. While Aaron and Rimmington took 2 wickets, they proved to be costly in terms of the runs they leaked and though Muralitharan and Bravo contributed with a wicket each, the bowling squad wasn’t sharp enough to stop the run flow. They need to be sharp in their bowling and rise up to the challenges of this format, delivering quick results and giving a tough fight to the opposition. They also need to be sharper on the field and avoid getting run-out, which was another reason for their previous loss. Overall, the Renegades need to tighten their skills and be more focused if they want come up with a better performance here.
While both teams have hardly any chances of making it to the semi-final stage, this match will be crucial if one of them wants to sneak in to the top four provided the other contending teams lose to their opponents miserably. While the Strikers are at the lowest of their form this season, they have the home advantage and look better placed to win this match and make a comeback into the competition.
Adelaide Strikers, 1.61 @ Bet365