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PRS vs MLR, Match 52nd - BBL | Latest Team News, Preview and Predictions.

by  Lakshya Baghel  •  Last updated on 2023-01-22 13:20:04


Analysis for the match.

Match 52 of the 2022-23 Big Bash League sees top of the table Perth Scorchers take on Melbourne Renegades at the Perth Stadium on Sunday evening. The Scorchers have won 10 of their 13 games this season and have 20 points. Melbourne Renegades are in third place with 12 points from 12 fixtures. This match gets underway in Perth at 18:45 local time.

Perth Scorchers have been a dominant side throughout this year’s BBL and they look to be on course to defend their title. They have a much stronger team and are in better form than their opponents in this match.

The Renegades have stumbled over recent games but are still in an excellent position at this stage of the tournament. Coming to Perth and getting a win would represent their biggest victory of the season.

Must see point.

1). Hardie and Inglis are the future of the Scorchers and two of the BBL’s best batters

2). It feels like there are dozens of star bowlers for Perth, including Tye and Morris

3). The Renegades have some hope, but Perth is fighting to secure the top spot

Head to Head matches.

Overall Matches - 17

PRS won - 14

MLR won - 3


Last five Head to Heads.

PRS won - 4

MLR won - 1

Match Prediction: PRS to win the match.

1). If PRS won the toss and opted to bowl first, MLR could score 140-160 runs.

2). If MLR won the toss and opted to bowl first, PRS could score 150-170 runs.

Secondary Predictions.

1). Aaron Hardie total runs - Over 19.5 runs.

Aaron Hardie is in great form and is the third highest run scorer in the tournament. We are backing him to be Perth Scorchers’ top run scorer in this game. 

2). Sam Harper total runs - Over 20.5 runs.

Although his run of successive half-centuries came to an end on Thursday, Sam Harper remains our tip for Melbourne Renegades’ highest run scorer in this match.

3). Tom Rogers total wickets - Over 1.5 wickets.

from a personal level, it has been an excellent first season for Rogers with the Renegades. He is one of only three players to take a five-wicket haul in the competition.


Match Preview.

The Scorchers are on fire right now with four wins out of their last five matches, which is extra impressive considering how easily they dispatched the Strikers. Bowling out Adelaide for only 92 runs is no easy feat, especially when star batters like Short, Carey, and Head are in the roster (all went for a combined 10 runs!).

It’s a bit terrifying just how many excellent fast bowlers the Scorchers have on the roster, as despite resting Jason Behrendorff, the team brought in Englishman David Payne (3/20) and gave three overs to spinner Peter Hatzoglou (3/14).

Lance Morris was incredible as always (3/26) and Andrew Tye continued his dominance with a 1/15 performance. Tye leads all bowlers in the team with 23 total wickets.

Aaron Hardie (412 total runs) and Josh Inglis (399 total runs) keep shining with the bat for Perth, with the two star batsmen securing the win with patient, skilful performances on the pitch.

The Renegades did have a great win over the Stars, but had a surprising loss to the Thunder in the next match. The usually reliable batting from Sam Harper (eight runs) and Aaron Finch (22) wasn’t quite there, and you have to think Melbourne could have won with better executions from these two.

Tom Rogers and Kane Richardson also failed with the ball, with neither picking up a wicket and giving up a combined 49 runs. It’s unusual to see the Renegades this bad, and playing the Scorchers is not exactly the time to bring it back.

Melbourne should reach the playoffs, but it seems unlikely that they’ll get the win over Perth. Perhaps after that we’ll see what the Renegades are made of. Harper (238 total runs) and Finch (279) do give the side some hope for the post-season.

Match details.

Time - Jan 22nd, 01:45 pm, IST.

Venue - Perth Stadium - Perth, Australia


Pitch reports.

Batters enjoy the Optus Stadium due to the bounce and quick outfield. Still, pace bowlers like Morris and Tye will have a great time here and likely pick up several wickets. 

Team News.

Perth Scorchers>>

Peter Hatzoglou and David Payne came into the side for the win over Adelaide Strikers with Jason Behrendorff and Matthew Kelly dropping out from the Hobart Hurricanes game. There is a chance that Jhye Richardson could return in match but we expect the Scorchers to give him some additional days of recovery from his hamstring injury.

Perth Scorchers have lost only one of their last six BBL games and are targeting their third successive win in this match.

Possible XI - Cameron Bancroft, Stephen Eskinazi, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (w), Ashton Turner (c), Nick Hobson, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Peter Hatzoglou, Lance Morris

Melbourne Renegades>>

Zak Evans is no longer available for selection after returning to Victoria Premier Cricket to recover from his pectoral injury. Ruwantha Kellepotha was left out for the last game with Corey Rocchiccioli coming in for his first BBL 2023 appearance.

The Renegades have lost two of their last three matches with their only win coming against bottom of the table Melbourne Stars in Match 41.

Possible XI - Martin Guptill, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper (w), Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Critchley, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Fawad Ahmed