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Perth Scorchers faced yet another heart-breaking loss in the ongoing Big Bash League to take their loss tally to seven in ten matches. They're currently placed right at the bottom of the table with just three wins. Up against them in the next game are Melbourne Renegades who are sitting pretty at the third spot. The match is set to be played at WACA Cricket Ground on 28th January. Melbourne Renegades are just a couple of steps away from a semifinal berth which they'd like to ascertain as quickly as possible. The two teams collided almost a month ago where Renegades triumphed over Scorchers by four wickets in a rain-curtailed encounter. However, Monday is forecasted to be bright and sunny at Perth and we expect a lot closer contest as compared to the one happened earlier.
Shaun Marsh continued his sublime limited-overs form into the Big Bash League and powered Scorchers to an imposing total in their last match. However, the Scorchers were still denied a victory as Callum Ferguson bettered Marsh's effort to propel Thunder to a victory in their last match.
Scorchers' batting lineup has looked fragile in the whole of the tournament which is the primary reason of their bottom of the table position. However, their batting immediately appeared to be robust with the return of Marsh Brothers. It didn't prove to be any different as Shaun Marsh carried the bat through and scored impressive 96 off just 55 deliveries. Mitchell Marsh played an important knock of 31 after Bancroft was dismissed early in third over. Ashton Turner has been a major contributor for Scorchers in the tournament so far, but he failed against Thunder leaving his team in a spot of bother. With no other batsman sticking around, Marsh was left with a burden to provide Scorchers with a flourishing finish. Although he was successful in doing so, lack of support from the other meant that they fell around ten runs short which eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Although Scorchers got off to a fine start in the defense of 182, they dearly missed Jhye Richardson who is away on national duty. Jason Behrendorff claimed the important wicket of Shane Watson to rock Thunder, but no support from other end allowed Thunder to claw back into the game with a thunderous partnership. Kelly was their most impressive over and returned with the figures of 25 for 1 in his four. Although Andrew Tye and Usman Qadir both picked up a wicket each, they conceded runs at an unreasonably high economy rate. The Thunder overhauled the total with four balls to spare.
CT Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, AJ Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Hobson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, AJ Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, U Qadir.
After a long drought which carried on for months, Aaron Finch finally got the ball rolling as his 54-run knocked played a vital role in Renegades' win over Thunder a few days ago. The win solidified Renegades' position in the top-four - the competition for which is only growing with every passing match.
Melbourne Renegades started with an experiment at the top by promoting Cameron Boyce to play a role of a pinch-hitter. Although Boyce was dismissed for a duck and Sam Harper followed him soon thereafter, Aaron Finch looked determined to weather the storm. He survived the burst from Sandhu and intelligent spell from Daniel Sams with the help of an important knock from Tom Cooper. Cameron White's quick-fire 40 proved to be the middle-order tonic which helped Renegades get past 150-run mark which eventually proved crucial.
In their last few matches, Melbourne Renegades have struggled to finish with a flourish and that was the case yet again. They lost their last five wickets in a little more than two overs - something which will be a matter of concern for their team management.
Defending a total of just 152, it was a commendable effort from their bowlers. Although they failed to pick up wickets in the death overs, the way their bowlers executed their plans was impressive. Harry Gurney was the pick of their bowlers and dismissed Chris Green and Shane Watson. Richardson, although a bit expensive, picked up perhaps the two most important wickets of the match - of Anton Devcich and Daniel Sams. Overall, their bowling is doing pretty well and have a wide array of options available due to the presence of quality all-rounders. The all-rounders, however, will have to contribute a little more with the bat and if they can do that, Renegades will be a tough side to beat.
Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, TLW Cooper, CL White, DT Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Cameron Boyce, KW Richardson, Harry Gurney, CP Tremain.
The return of Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh has definitely strengthened Perth Scorchers' lineup, but they are in a position where they cannot afford to make even a single mistake. Renegades, on the other hand, will be relieved to see Aaron Finch getting some runs. Despite an inconsistent batting order, the Renegades have done exceedingly well in the tournament thus far. With the return of Marsh brothers, the Scorchers' top-order issues appear to be sorted and they have a dangerous lineup with Turner and Cartwright available in the middle order. Bowling has been their forte in the tournament, barring in the last match. With a mission to continue to stay in the hunt and playing at home, the Scorchers are better-placed to script yet another upset in the tournament.