Analysis for the match.
Match 54 of the 2022-23 Big Bash League sees Melbourne Renegades take on Adelaide Strikers at the Docklands Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Renegades have 12 points and are in fourth place in the table. The Strikers are two points behind them in sixth place. Read on as we preview this game. This match gets underway in Melbourne at 18:45 local time.
The Renegades gave top of the table Perth Scorchers a very close game on Sunday but were unable to get the win they needed. Their place in the play-offs is still not confirmed.
Adelaide Strikers are finishing the group stage in very poor form and it will require a big turnaround if they are to beat the Renegades at the Docklands Stadium. However, they have talented players who are capable of this.
Must see point.
1). Finch and Harper are a lethal batting combo and can carry the team
2). Richardson and Rogers have never bowled better and will make it tough for Adelaide
3). The Strikers have lost four in a row and it looks like their season is over
Head to Head matches.
Overall Matches - 17
MLR won - 6
ADS won - 11
Last five Head to Heads.
MLR won - 2
ADS won - 3
Match Prediction: MLR to win the match.
1). If MLR won the toss and opted to bowl first, ADS could score 140-160 runs.
2). If ADS won the toss and opted to bowl first, MLR could score 150-170 runs.
1). Aaron Finch total runs - Over 19.5 runs.
Aaron Finch is Melbourne Renegades’ top run scorer in BBL12 and he is our tip for their highest run scorer against Adelaide Strikers.
2). Matthew Short total runs - Over 20.5 runs.
Matthew Short is the leading run scorer in the tournament with 458 runs in total. The opener is well worth backing as Adelaide Strikers’ highest run scorer against Melbourne Renegades.
3). Tom Rogers total wickets - Over 1.5
Only two players have taken more wickets than Tom Rogers in this competition. We expect him to take the most wickets for Melbourne Renegades in this game.
The Renegades still won’t have the batting help of Peter Handscomb, but the good news is that fast bowler Kane Richardson is back in the squad after a recent injury. Melbourne should be proud that they very nearly defeated Perth, only losing by 10 runs despite a giant first-innings total of 212 from the Scorchers.
Marsh (54) and Finch (76) kept the team within hope but they just didn’t have enough help, as Harper (3) was quite useless. It was a shame, as Harper is usually dependable and had three consecutive half-centuries.
Finch is still the team’s driving force and has 355 total runs, as his experience and talent are never to be doubted. It’s good to see Richardson and Rogers back as a bowling duo, as these two have been great lately and a major reason why the Renegades are in fourth place. Rogers’ 20 wickets make him the third-best in the BBL.
To be fair to the Strikers, they did lose two tough recent games against the Sixers and Scorchers, but it’s still a massive decline for one of the hottest teams.
If the Strikers do somehow make it to the Final, then Alex Carey and Travis Head won’ be available due to Australia Test commitments. Although, to be honest, neither has been spectacular in their time during the BBL, with Head scoring just 15 runs in three games, while Carey has only 57 runs.
Adelaide was pretty terrible against Perth by being bowled out for just 92 runs, including a duck from Matthew Short. However, Short is still reliable and is the team’s leading run-scorer with 458. Adam Hose has been helpful with 301 runs, but the team desperately misses Chris Lynn.
After a great start, fast bowler Henry Thornton has been poor lately, without taking a wicket in his last three matches and not even playing in the Scorchers loss. He’ll be in against the Renegades, but we barely trust him anymore. Wes Agar has been far better recently and has 17 total wickets.
Time - Jan 24th, 01:45 pm, IST.
Venue - Bellerive Oval - Hobart, Australia
The pitch at Docklands seems to favor batting first, especially as it’s a bit less bouncy and has a shorter boundary, but Melbourne should still like their chances to bowl first.
No players reported any problems after the defeat to Perth Scorchers in Match 52 at the Perth Stadium. The Renegades have turned to experienced players over recent games and we expect the same with victory required in this game to confirm their place in the play-offs.Melbourne Renegades have lost three of their last four BBL games with a victory over bottom of the table Melbourne Stars their only win.
Possible XI - Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Critchley, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge, Tom Rogers, Corey Rocchiccioli, David Moody
Although the results have been very disappointing over the last two weeks, Adelaide Strikers have a fully fit squad to choose from with no players going down with injuries or illness since the last match. However, we may see some movement in the batting order.It is now four successive defeats for Adelaide Strikers who last won a BBL match against their opponents for this game, Melbourne Renegades.
Possible XI - Matthew Short, Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (wk), Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Ben Manenti, Cameron Boyce, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle