About the Match
The Renegades won their opening match against heat by 7 wickets as they chased down 181 runs with 3 balls to spare; they now have 2 points from that win and are placed fourth on the table and will host Sixers in the next match at Melbourne on 23rd December. The visitors are placed third on the table with 2 points after two matches, having won against Hurricanes but losing the opening match against Thunder. The upcoming match will definitely see players from both sides coming out with all their firepower to help their team climb up the ladder; the team that can perform under pressure will be better placed to emerge victorious on Wednesday.
Xavier Doherty’s 2-29 toppled the top order of Heat as they struggled to build the innings; along with Bravo, Tremain and Rimmington, the bowling unit tried to contain the run-flow but ended up giving away too many runs in the end. The batsmen started the chase well as Gayle struck up a quick fire 23 from 16 balls; after his dismissal Finch and White posted 111-run stand for the 2nd wicket with Finch scoring 65 off 45 deliveries and White scoring 55 off 41 balls.
Bravo and Wade put the finishing touches as they successfully chased 181 runs with 3 balls to spare; the victory has definitely boosted their morale for the upcoming matches and they are sure to come out all guns blazing to continue with their winning momentum.
With bowlers like Doherty, Rimmington and Peter Tremain, the Renegades must try to strategize well against strong batting units; Gayle and Finch are solid in the top order while Cameron White, Matthew Wade, Dwayne Bravo and Tom Beaton can stabilize the middle order with their skills.
Failing to chase 159 runs in the opening game of the series against Thunder, Sixers suffered defeat at the start by 36 runs; apart from Michael Lumb, who posted 34 off 27 deliveries, others fell like a pack of cards and were able to muster only 122 runs. Players like Jordan Silk, Maddinson, Haddin and Johan Botha were unable to build the innings; earlier, the bowlers had tried to restrict the opposition with their run-flow but they couldn’t unsettle Hussey and Rohrer in the middle.
Against Hurricanes, they posted a humungous total of 186 runs batting first and the bowlers put up an astounding performance by dismissing the opponents for just 91 runs to win the match emphatically. Haddin’s 72 off 45 deliveries consisted of 8 fours and two sixes while Jordan Silk contributed well with 41 runs before getting run-out.
The bowlers are in good form and they were sharp in the game against Hurricanes, making the victory possible; Nathan Lyon took a brilliant 5-23 to remove strong batsmen like Sangakkara, Paine and Mennie. Steve O’Keefe was also superb with his 2-wicket haul while Abbott and Bollinger took a wicket each to help demolish the Hurricanes. Overall, they have in-form bowlers and hard-hitting batsmen, who can give a tough fight to the Renegades in the upcoming match.
The Renegades have the home advantage here, Sixers have the resources to put up a stiff challenge to the hosts. However, the Gayle, Finch and White can be a deadly top order for any team with and with Bravo to follow, it makes it extremely tough. With excellent top order and decent bowling, we think the hosts, Melbourne Renegades, are going to win the match on Wednesday