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The early exchange of blows in the WBBL has been pretty even and there is no team that has emerged as a clear favorite. That is very good news for the tournament because it shows that the teams are closely matched. Of course, it is still early days with only a couple of matches being played by each side.
The Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers will be going head to head for the second time in two days. The first match was a high scoring encounter which was decided on the last ball. The Melbourne Renegades emerged victorious on that occasion and so the Adelaide Strikers will be very keen to try and get their revenge in this match.
The Renegades would be very happy to get on the board after losing their opening match and hope to build their WBBL campaign from here on in.
The Adelaide Strikers batted first in the last match against the Melbourne Renegades and put up an excellent batting display. Both Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine played an aggressive inning to set the tone of the inning.
Bates top scored with 54 runs to her name while Devine scored 39. McGrath came in at 3 and scored 33 from 20 deliveries to set up the game nicely but the middle and lower order of the Strikers failed to make full use of the situation.
It is not uncommon to see WBBL teams which have one or two good batters at the top and then not much to follow but we did not put the Adelaide Strikers in that category. This is why it was surprising to see Patterson, Wellington, and Schutt waste the platform laid down by the top-3 batters.
The side still managed to get to 153, a very good total in WBBL cricket.
The bowlers struck at regular intervals to seemingly have the upper hand but a wonderful partnership from Koski and Kershaw swung the game against the Adelaide Strikers.
The Strikers would be upset at the manner of their defeat. They had the upper hand in both batting and bowling but let the situation slip from their grasp. They did not show the ruthlessness that is going to be required to win more consistently.
Now, in their return match, the side would like to play in a similar manner but avoid the mistakes that held them back. Runs from the middle order and more discipline from their bowlers towards the end of the inning is what is going to be required.
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, T McGrath, B Patterson, Amanda Wellington, T Saville, T McPharlin, Megan Schutt, S Coyte, Danielle Hazell, A Price.
The Renegades were absolutely routed in their opening match of the WBBL and were up against one of the better sides, the Adelaide Strikers in their last match. The side seemed to be sinking at different points in the match but showed great resolve to come back into the match.
The credit first must go to the bowlers who pulled things back. Wareham was the pick of the bowlers. She took two wickets for 20 runs from her four overs while bowling at a time when the opposition batters were trying to accelerate.
Molineux and Strano also bowled very well to keep a lid on the score. These three bowlers will know that the Adelaide Strikers will come back hard at them in the next match and so must try and stay consistent in their plans.
Danny Wyatt topscored for the Renegades with 62 runs and set the tone for the inning. Sattherwaite was unable to score many runs, Molineux got out early and it was down to the lower middle order to try and salvage the situation.
Koski and Kershaw showed nerves of steel as they kept pace with the run rate and kept coming hard at the Adelaide Strikers. Koski needed to hit a boundary off the very last ball to win and she did exactly that. Such a win can galvanize the side and transform its outlook.
The cautious watchers will realize, however, that the Melbourne Renegades needed everything to go right from difficult positions to be able to win. This is not something that is going to happen every time and so the Melbourne Renegades must try and avoid falling back in the match.
Danielle Wyatt, Amy Satterthwaite, Emma Inglis, Sophie Molineux, Claire Koski, Erica Kershaw, Courtney Webb, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham, Lea Tahuhu, Tayla Vlaeminck.
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The WBBL match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers is going to be played at the Eastern Oval, Ballarat. The pitch is expected to be a bit slow and difficult for scoring. A score of around 140 may be a very good score on that pitch.
The spinners may play a much bigger role than they did in the first meeting between the two sides.
The Adelaide Strikers lost the first match against the Melbourne Renegades but they have the better team in our opinion. They would have learned from their first encounter and will come back stronger.
Back the Adelaide Strikers to win.
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