Standing at the fourth position in the points table, Adelaide Strikers will encounter Melbourne Renegades on Friday (January 8) for the second time in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. Adelaide Oval will host this 33rd match of the season.
Adelaide Strikers were dominating against struggling Melbourne Renegades in the first meetings. While defending their 172 runs target, they bundled out Renegades for 111 runs and won the match by 60 runs.
As Renegade’s confidence is rock-bottom due to consecutive seven defeats, Adelaide Strikers have a good chance to improve their ranking in the points table by defeating them.
Here, let’s take a look at how Adelaide Strikers playing XI might shape in against Melbourne Renegades:
The right-hand batsman Phil Salt has lost his wicket early in the last two matches. Against Melbourne Renegades, he was out after scoring just nine runs.
Strikers are lacking in an opening partnership which has been the significant cause of losing their previous matches. The Aussie need to chip in and give them a good base.
After departing early in previous matches, Matt Renshaw had build up the innings after the early loss of his opener in the last match. He scored 35 runs off 28 balls in which he struck two fours and one six. Adelaide Strikes need such more rebuild innings from him to give them a good base.
Alex Carey (c & wk):
The skipper Alex Carey has always stepped in whenever the team needed him most with the bat. And it was also seen against Perth Scorchers. He scored 82 runs off 59 balls in which he smacked 12 fours and one six to push Adelaide Strikers past 130 after the early fall of top-order and middle-order. In the last match as well, he didn’t stay longer in the field but controlled the fall of wickets.
The right-hand batsman Jonathan Wells has not been very impressive. He has only crossed 30 runs mark twice out of five matches played for Adelaide Strikers.
Being the middle-order batsman, he needs to accelerate the innings for the side. Strikers will hope that he could play a big and aggressive knock against Melbourne Renegades.
Ryan Gibson has returned in the playing XI for the good. He stitched up a match-winning partnership with Weatherald to stabilize Adelaide Strikers’ innings. He remained not out and scored 43 runs off 31 balls at the strike rate of 138.71.
Jake Weatherald has been pushed down the order for the good. He scored a half-century in the last match when the middle-order lost the wicket consecutively. The left-hand batsman amassed 51 runs off 25 runs to push the total past 160.
Apart from his bowling masterpiece, Rashid Khan has amazing opposition with his powerful batting.
After Adelaide Strikers had lost six wickets for 135 against Perth Scorchers in the first meeting, the Afghan spinner Rashid Khan came to dismantle their bowling attack. He struck back to back three sixes and a boundary to score 29 runs in 13 balls to push the total past 150 before losing his wicket.
Rashid Khan will look to continue his good form in the coming matches after having an unsatisfactory start to the season.
In the first meeting against Perth Scorchers, he was not economical but was among the leading wicket-takers. He registered an economy rate of 8.70 in 3.2 overs but picked the crucial wicket of Jason Roy and one of tail-ender, Fawad Ahmed. The pacer has been the vital cog for Adelaide Strikers in this season.
Siddle, who registered a five-wicket haul against Hobart Hurricanes, send back the lower-order of Melbourne Renegades early. He picked the wicket of Imad Wasim, Noor Ahmed and Kane Richardson in his 3.1 overs.
Wes Agar is the crucial player for Adelaide Strikers in the bowling department. Against Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting, he picked three important wickets to halt them to just 111 runs. In four overs, he was economical as well, conceding 23 runs.
The English cricketer was bowling gas against Melbourne Renegades in the first meeting. He picked two wickets while chocked the middle-order to score runs against him. In his four overs, he gave away only 17 runs and registered an impressive economy rate of 4.25