About the Match
The Renegades won their opening match against Sydney Thunder in an emphatic way by 49 runs and are positioned in the 2nd place with 2 points; they will play against Scorchers, who are placed 5th with 2 points, on 29th December at Melbourne. The Scorchers lost their last game against Sixers by 6 wickets however previously they won the match against Strikers by 48 runs, which showcased their batting strength and pace attack. The Renegades also have good resources and with the home advantage here, they will try to keep their winning momentum going. It needs to be seen which team can use its resources cleverly to emerge victorious on Friday.
Aaron Finch led the side from the front with his batting skills, posting 63 from 37 balls and helping the team garner 179 runs totally; he got good support from Ferguson and Bravo in the middle and the bowlers went on to defend it successfully. They have a good mix of pace and spin with players like Sunil Narine, who took 2-32 with his spin magic, Brad Hogg, who also claimed 2 wickets with his left-arm chinaman and put up an economical spell, and fast-bowler Bravo who dismissed 2 opponents to help the team register a big win by 49 runs.
The batting line-up has strong players like Finch, Cameron White, all-rounder Bravo, Ferguson and Harris, who could try to build a good foundation whether batting first or during chase. The bowling attack can be used strategically to outwit the Scorchers, exploiting home conditions to try and win.
Overall, the Renegades have proven to be a tough unit with a bunch of all-rounders, who will give it their all to help the team achieve the goal on Friday.
The team has experienced players like Ian Bell, Sam Whiteman, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and David Willey, who could try to stabilize the top and middle order with their batting skills and all-rounders like the Marsh brothers and Willey can also take regular wickets with the ball. Against Strikers, the batting line-up posted a challenging 197 runs thanks to a splendid 61 off 42 by Bell while Ashton Turner contributed with a well-made and unbeaten 44 off 19. Others like Whiteman and Mitchell Marsh added to the run-flow while the bowlers successfully defended the target to win the match a huge margin of 48 runs.
However, their defeat against Sixers exposed some weaknesses in their batting form as players like Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Willey and the captain Adam Voges failed to bring all their firepower. The bowlers had a tough task to defend a lowly total of 130 and despite an excellent 3-15 by Andrew Tye, they lost the contest by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
While the recent defeat would have come as a setback, they do have strong resources with bat and ball to make a comeback here.
The Renegades have won their opening game and are charged up to repeat the match-winning performance here in front of the home crowd; however, we feel that Melbourne Renegades with their squad of in-form bowlers and experienced batting line-up is better placed to win on Friday