About the Match
The Renegades defeated the Stars the last time they met on New Year’s Day by 7 runs and accumulated two more points, taking them to the fourth position. The two teams will face off again on 7th January at Melbourne, wherein the Stars, who are placed in the 6th spot with just 2 points, will try to redeem themselves with a win. The Renegades had previously defeated Thunder but in their last outing had suffered loss against Scorchers by 4 wickets. It needs to be seen which side can overcome its weaknesses and come out trumps on Saturday.
Batting first against the Stars, Cameron White and Top Cooper steadied the innings with a 4th wicket partnership of 72 runs; while White scored an unbeaten 64 from 43 balls, Cooper posted 36 off 25 to take the total to 171. Earlier, Finch and Narine opened with a 38-run stand and they can repeat the good show here again. The batting line-up also has players like Marcus Harris, Peter Nevill and Trent Lawford, who add depth to the squad and can make useful contributions.
The bowlers led by Brad Hogg’s 3-22 stifled the Stars’ chase for 172 and won the match by 7 runs after the D/L method was put in place. Others like Cooper, Tremain and Stevenson contributed well with a wicket each while spinner Narine contained the opposition with his disciplined attack.
Against Scorchers however, the bowlers found it difficult to defend a lowly total of 148 despite a superb show by Narine, who took 2 scalps giving away just 5 runs per over. Overall, they have a strong batting contingent, which could try to come out all guns blazing here; the bowling department also is in good form and they could bring out all their fire power to demolish the opposition.
They have hard-hitting batsmen like Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, David Hussey and all-rounder James Faulkner, who could build a good foundation at the top whether in setting a target or while chasing one. The pace attack has experts like Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus and Boland while spinners Beer, Zampa and Maxwell can try to outwit the Renegades with their skills.
Against Thunder, Pietersen posted a brilliant 60 off 37 while Maxwell and Wright partnered well to score a 49-run opening stand; however, the others couldn’t impress much and they had only 166 runs on board, which the bowlers failed to defend despite a good show by spinner Adam Zampa and speedsters Hilfenhaus and Scott Boland.
While chasing 189 against Hurricanes, opener Rob Quiney posted a superb 75 off 43 that gave them a solid start; he partnered with Maxwell and Wright to steady the innings and help them win the contest with more than 2 overs to spare. Maxwell scored an unbeaten 58 off just 29 deliveries while Wright contributed well with 48 from 29. Earlier Hilfenhaus took 3 wickets but others like Faulkner, Stoinis and Zampa proved to be expensive. They can try to strategize better against the Renegades here in order to register a comeback win.
The Renegades had emerged victorious the last time they faced Stars but they will adopt a cautious approach against the strong pace attack; the Stars on the other hand have good resources with bat and ball, and will be determined to avenge their previous defeat. The contest could go down to the wire but we feel that Renegades with their power packed batting unit and effective enough spinners are better placed to win here.