About the Match
Perth Scorchers will host Melbourne Renegades in the 22nd match of the league at Perth on 8th January; when they met last time, the Scorchers had won the contest by 3 wickets and they will try to dominate here too. The hosts currently stand in the 3rd place with 8 points, and the Renegades continue to be at the top of the table with 8 points and a superior run rate; it will be an interesting clash between then two sides, and whichever team can keep a cool head above its shoulders will be better placed to win.
They recently lost the match against Brisbane Heat by 49 runs after failing to chase down 192 runs; the top-order batsmen were dismissed quickly and expect David Willey and Ashton Agar down at No.6, the others couldn’t impress with the bat. Players like Michael Klinger, Hilton Cartwright and Adam Voges were removed in the early overs, and the lower order couldn’t handle the pressure. Earlier, fast-bowlers Andrew Tye, David Willey, Jhye Richardson and Joel Paris took wickets between them while spinner Ashton Agar dismissed one opponent to restrict them to 191.
Chasing 168 runs against Sydney Sixers, Michael Klinger scored 83 off 61 while Ashton Turner posted 45 runs to take the team across the finish line. The Scorchers won the match by 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare. Earlier, David Willey and Andrew Tye dismissed 3 wickets between them while James Muirhead used his spin skills to take a wicket and restrict the Sixers to 167.
When they met Renegades earlier, the fast-bowlers provided regular breakthroughs with Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Tye taking 3 wickets apiece while Jhye Richardson, Ashton Agar and David Willey dismissed one wicket each to stifle the opponents to 130 runs. David Willey, Michael Klinger and Adam Voges contributed well with the bat and they won the match by 3 wickets with one over to spare.
Chasing 158 against Melbourne Stars, captain Aaron Finch set a good foundation by posting 43 off 22 and others like Mohammad Nabi, who scored a well-made 52, and Cameron White who scored 35 took the team across the finish line with more than 2 overs to spare. In the bowling department, speedsters Kane Richardson, Dwayne Bravo and Jack Wildermuth took a wicket each while spinner Mohammad Nabi showcased his all-rounder skills by dismissing one opponent.
While batting first against Perth Scorchers, they could muster only 130 runs with batsmen Marcus Harris and Tom Cooper being able to contribute with 30+ runs each. Others like Aaron Finch, Cameron White and Brad Hodge were dismissed cheaply with hardly any runs on board. The bowlers then found it difficult to defend the total, and despite a good show by spinners Mohammad Nabi and Brad Hogg, who took 3 wickets between them, they lost the match by 3 wickets.
They have a well-balanced team of batsmen and bowlers, who are doing well to keep the team on top of the table; they will leave no stone unturned to win this contest on Monday.
Perth Scorchers have the psychological advantage of having won earlier and the home turf gives them the edge; however, we feel that with their current winning form, the Renegades are better positioned to emerge victorious