About the Match
Both teams are yet to open their accounts on the points table and will be eager to do so on Dec 26th at Perth, where they play their second match of this league. The Scorchers had lost to Brisbane Heat on Sunday in a nail-biting finish by 3 wickets whereas the Renegades lost to the Melbourne Stars by a massive 76 runs in the opening match of the tournament on Friday. Presently, the Scorchers occupy the 6th position on the points table with a NRR of -0.179, 2 places above the Renegades who have a NRR of -3.800. It’s just the early part of the league and both teams will look to do well from now on to start climbing up the table; it’ll be interesting to see which team succeeds in doing so first.
Though the Scorchers had a shaky innings batting first, Mitchell Marsh’s unbeaten 57 off 35 deliveries saw to it that the team got a decent total of 151 runs in the end. Earlier, his brother, Shaun Marsh got off to a good start, hitting 37 runs off 30 balls but didn’t get too far due to the lack of support from the other top order batsmen. While Adam Voges contributed 19 runs, the captain Katich was out for 10 runs; and the middle and lower order collapsed without a fight. The team did their best to defend the total; Coulter-Nile’s 3 wickets and Behrehdorff’s crucial wicket of Kieswetter resulted in a demolition of the opponent’s top order and Brad Hogg claimed 3 important middle-order wickets to give them good chances of a win. However, the bowlers didn’t have any answer for Lynn and lost the match by 3 wickets. It was a disappointing loss but the team now looks more charged up than ever to convert their good performances into wins.
The Renegades couldn’t repeat their previous good performance against the Melbourne Stars that saw them defeat the Stars twice last season; and the league started off with a big loss on Friday. Faced with a massive target of 209 runs, the top order collapse was too much for the team to handle; relying on Aaron Finch, the captain, the team could only hope for some miracle. Finch scored a good 32 runs off 26 balls, but once his wicket fell it was left to Buttler and Nevill to keep the scoreboard ticking. The duo posted a 67-run partnership for the 5th wicket wherein Buttler scored 49 runs off 28 balls but it wasn’t enough as the rest of the batting line-up struggled to keep up with the pressure and they were all-out for just 132 runs, 76 runs short of the target. In the bowling department, Rimmington and Brien got 2 wickets each, Muralitharan, Finch and Sheridan claimed a wicket each but too many runs were given away. The team needs to sharpen its skills on all fronts and put up a better performance going forward.
While both teams were on the losing side in their respective opening matches of the season, they have the resources to perform better and score points for their teams; however, the Scorchers who have the home advantage and a better NRR, look well placed to win this match on Thursday.
Perth Scorchers, 1.73 @ William Hill