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Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers : Resurrection Battle || Big Bash League 2020-21

Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 29

Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers Match Prediction – Tue, 5th January

Renegades Contemplating Resurgence:

One win trailed by a streak of 6 losses? Rooted at the foot of the League’s points table, Melbourne Renegades have a miserable campaign. They completed their previous season languishing at rock bottom, and it seems no different in this edition of Big Bash League 2020-21. 

This exhausted Renegades team will be eying for a resurgence in the upcoming game. Indisputably it is easier said than done. Plenty of issues to address; the Renegades dressing room will be too gloomy. 

They have comprehensively banked on their skipper Aaron Finch and veteran batsman Shaun Marsh. Their failures and the exit of Shaun Marsh for personal reasons will only deepen the wounds. Heavy losses have become a norm for the Renegades side in this edition, and it was quite the same when they encountered the Perth Scorchers last time out. What was more nerve-wracking was that this was their third defeat by a margin of 95 runs or more. The loss dented their NRR (-2.894) even deeper, and Renegades need something out of the box to turn their fates around. 

It is tantalizing to claim their bowling line-up has been leaky, conceding heaps of runs, but their batting has likewise been dreadful with batting breakdowns at meagre 60, 80 and 89 runs. They have suffered the three most significant defeats in Big Bash’s history within a small span of a month. 

It is surprising to wonder how a star-studded team with Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Mohammad Nabi, Rilee Rossouw and Kane Richardson can struggle with finding winning ways. Regrettably, both Rilee Rossouw and Shaun Marsh are unavailable for this match. Although, the Pakistani spin bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim returns to the team. His inclusion and Jake Fraser McGurk and Mackenzie Harvey should create new opportunities for the team. 

Possible playing XI: Harper, Finch, Webster, Fraser-McGurk, Harvey, Imad, Nabi, Lalor, Hatzoglou, Richardson, Ahmad.

Hot and Cold Strikers:

With a fashionable start to the season, Adelaide Strikers witnessed the top of the points table for a brief period. Although, this quick flirt was soon killed by the two consecutive losses encountered in the previous week. Their scaly batting line-up could offer no more than what was anticipated.

They have withered to the fifth spot in the points table with 13 points in their kitty. Although there are no blatant holes in the roster, their bowling roster has strived in the past few matches. They have allowed par scores to be chased down with ease picking up mere six wickets in 2 games.

The vital strategy for Adelaide Strikers will be to remain in rivalry and pick up victories at the correct times to fancy their chances of a playoff spot. They will hope for impressive starts built by their openers. This awful need for incentive upfront accompanied with the penetrative bowling can prove lethal for any opposition. 

Although with other top clubs performing significantly vital, their playoff spot can be of a pitiful hope. Hence they will be eyeing to grab each inch of opportunity obtainable. Alex Carry and co. will get back to winning ways sooner than later as the League starts entering the business stage. 

Possible playing XI: Renshaw, Salt, Carey, Weatherald, Wells, Gibson, Briggs, Rashid, Worrall, Siddle, W Agar.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The 29th game of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 will set Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday 5th January. Adelaide Oval is known to be a decent batting track.

The batters have enjoyed scoring fluently at an average score of 160. Betting tips reckon this ground is meant for defenders. Although, this edition of Big Bash League 2020-21 has witnessed 2 games at this ground, one each won by teams batting first and second.

Thus the unknown circumstances put the skippers in a challenging spot. Captains will prefer electing to bat first, scoring hefty runs in the first innings and piling on with pressure on the opposition. Batting under lights can be difficult at this venue; thus, a target of 170+ can prove fatal, considering the solid statistical base work. Thus today’s match prediction infers, the toss will be critical with no prejudice.

Influential Toss to Superior Strikers:

Adelaide Strikers are 1.66, whereas the Renegades are 2.25 for victory. The Strikers are indisputably strong picks at 1.66. Strikers will be on a roll if the toss favours them, and Renegades will only truly distress over Alex Carey’s fluent form in their roster.

Contrariwise, Renegades won’t justify the rate if they win the toss as they will be eyeing for a strong comeback and can prove fatal. Betting tips anguish their bowling more than their batting, but the Strikers’ recent form should be of concern.