About the Match
Thunder is placed in the fourth position with 6 points and will host Renegades, who are placed sixth with 4 points, in the next match at Sydney on 11th January. Although Thunder has been on a downward slope, losing their last three matches, they do have the skills and determination to bounce back with a much-needed win here. The Renegades have had a mixed run too but they will be eager to change their fortunes and climb up the ladder. The match could be a closely fought contest and the team that can use its resources cleverly to outwit the other will be better placed to emerge victorious.
They lost their match against Scorchers
after failing to chase a competitive target of 176 runs; despite a well-made 42 off 20 balls by Russell, Thunder couldn’t make it to the finish line as the others in the batting line-up failed to live up to expectations. They have Shane Watson, Kurtis Patterson, Jacques Kallis and Blizzard in their top order but they have been inconsistent when it comes to getting the big runs.
On the bowling front, McKay has shown them the way many a times by being the lead wicket-taker while Russell continues to impress with his wicket-taking abilities; the others like Fawad Ahmed, Watson and Chris Green provide variety to the attack but they need to step up and shoulder the responsibilities here if they want to win the match.
Overall, they have done well in the beginning of the season but their recent failures might have hurt their team morale; Watson needs to lead them from the front with his experience and with other talented players must come out all guns blazing here on home turf.
They registered an emphatic victory against Hurricanes on 4th January under the lights after chasing down 141 runs with ease and with 6 overs to spare. Chris Gayle struck a blistering 41 off just 15 deliveries to wreak havoc on the opposition while his partner Aaron Finch scoring 60 off 39 balls; although the latter may be unavailable due to national duties, Gayle looks well placed to repeat his heroic feat here on Monday.
Tom Beaton, Cameron White, Wade and others in the middle order need to focus on building strong partnerships so as to challenge Thunder in their own backyard while the bowlers must come back with all their firepower to take on Watson and team.
In the previous match against Stars
, Dwayne Bravo shone with the bat as he scored an unbeaten 59 off 37 deliveries while White and Beaton contributed well with 29 runs each; however, the 156-run target was not sufficient for Doherty, Gannon, Tremain and other bowlers to defend and they lost the match by 8 wickets. They do have a talented unit and if they can keep a positive attitude on the field, then this team can definitely prove to a tough nut to crack.
Renegades have a strong batting line-up but they need to convert their good efforts into strong wins from now on; Thunder on the other hand has suffered three consecutive defeats and are desperate to win the match here in front of the home crowd. While the pressure is on both teams, we feel that Thunder with their depth in batting and bowling, are better placed to win the match on Monday