About the Match
The Renegades scored their first victory of the season by defeating Sydney Thunder in the last match by 8 wickets with 37 balls remaining and they now have 2 points in the kitty; they take on Melbourne Stars, who are yet to win a match, on 3rd Jan at Melbourne Docklands. While Melbourne Stars have had close encounters, the Renegades won convincingly against Thunder to open their tally; they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum.
Exploiting the weaknesses in the opponent’s batting line-up, James Pattinson picked up 3 quick wickets against Sydney Thunder to deal a heavy blow to them; Andre Russell supported well to take 2 important wickets and bring the Thunders to 5-47 with players like Morgan, Kallis and Hussey back in the stands. The bowlers were superb in their attack and restricted the opponents to a lowly 114 runs, which the batsmen led by Finch achieved by the end of the 14th over itself to score their first victory of the tournament. Finch, who had been struggling to get into form till now, led from the front as he posted 48 off 37 with good support from Wade, who scored 20 and Ferguson, who contributed with a well-made 30 off 24. The team has a good balance of bowlers and batsmen, who can perform under pressure, but they will need to be cautious against the Stars, who are pumped up about their chances of ending their winless drought in front of the home crowd.
It was a heart wrenching loss to Brisbane Heat by 1 run on Sunday and it would definitely have impacted the morale of the team but they will need to rise above their weaknesses and come back stronger on 3rd. Luke Wright was the lone top order batsman who put up a fight against Brisbane bowlers as he scored 33 off 40 balls during the chase for 164 runs; Quiney was outstanding with his unbeaten 45 off 48 deliveries and the good work was continued by Faulkner and Triffitt but they couldn’t withstand Flintoff and Vettori’s attack and lost the match by 1 run. Earlier, the bowlers had done well with Faulkner, Hastings and Boland taking 2 wickets each while Bird took 1 wicket to restrict the opponents to 164 runs; they will need to pull up their socks and come out all guns blazing either in chasing a target or setting a target if they want to keep their hopes alive. Players like Maxwell, David Hussey and the captain himself, Cameron White will need to play with more responsibility and help in building a strong foundation in the top order while the bowlers must continue with their good spells even under crunch situations.
The temperatures will be running high on Saturday as both the teams from Melbourne will try their level best to shine at home; though the match could swing either way, we feel Melbourne Renegades, who have recently tasted success, will be better placed to emerge victorious once again.
Melbourne Renegades, 2.00 @ Bet365