About the Match
Renegades have been on a losing streak with 2 consecutive defeats and they are placed 5th on the table with only 4 points in their kitty; they will take on Hurricanes, who too have lost their last two games, on 12th January at Melbourne. While the Renegades lost against Sixers and Stars recently, the Hurricanes are placed 7th on the table with 4 points after their defeats against Thunder and Strikers. Both teams are desperate for a win here and will try to put their best foot forward in order to make a comeback on Thursday.
Batting first against Sixers, batsmen Finch, Ferguson, Cooper and White tried to build steady partnerships and keep the scoreboard ticking. While Finch led from the front with a well-made 57, Cooper and Ferguson scored 39 runs each to take the total to 170. Spinner Narine and paceman Perera took 2 wickets each in their efforts to contain the opposition but the others failed to impress and they couldn’t defend the total.
Against Stars, the bowlers gave away too many runs and although fast-bowler Pattinson took 3-44, the others failed to contain the opposition. Lawford and Narine took a wicket each but it wasn’t enough to stop the Stars from setting a 201-run target for them. The batting line-up crumbled under pressure during the chase with only Finch and White being able to put up a decent fight. From the lower order, Pattinson posted a heroic 27 off 17 but they fell short by 46 runs.
They have experienced bowlers like Brad Hogg, Narine and Perera, who can use their variations to outwit the Hurricanes here. The batsmen could try to be more consistent and get the big runs here.
George Bailey’s unbeaten 69 off 54 went in vain as they failed to defend 161 against the Thunders. McDermott, Wells and Daniel Christian contributed well with the bat but they could muster only a lowly total in the end. Stuart Broad was superb with his fast-bowling skills as he took 1-23; Cameron Boyce claimed 2-28 with his spin bowling while Christian provided a useful breakthrough. However, others like Shaun Tait, Clive Rose and Short proved to be expensive and they lost the match by 6 wickets.
Against the Strikers too, they could muster only 161 runs batting first after the top-order collapsed like a pack of cards; Jonathan Wells and Webster posted 55 and 67 runs respectively but it wasn’t enough to give them a challenging total. Speedsters Daniel Christian and Stuart Broad took 2 wickets each and bowled economically but they couldn’t stop Dunk and company from hitting the winning runs.
Overall, they have many match-winners on their side who bring their experience and enthusiasm to the table; with a good game plan and disciplined execution on the field, the Hurricanes can get back to their winning performance against Renegades.
Both teams are under pressure to perform now after suffering two consecutive losses; the contest could be well fought by both teams but we feel that Renegades with their battery of spinners and pacemen are better placed to stifle the Hurricanes and emerge victorious on Thursday.