On Friday (8th January) evening, Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades will play against each other at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) during the 33rd match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
It will be their second meeting in this BBL season. Their first meeting of this season just happened recently where Strikers beat Renegades by 60 runs.
At present, Adelaide Strikers are in the fourth position in the BBL 10 points table with 17 points in 8 matches. In the same time, Melbourne Renegades are in the eighth or last position in the same points table with just 5 points.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 33: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades – Match Preview
In their first eight matches in the BBL 10, Adelaide Strikers won four times and lost the other four times. They have brought the unchanged squad for this upcoming match.
Captain Alex Carey is their leading run-scorer in this tournament as he has scored 216 runs in 6 innings with an average of 36.00 and striker-rate of 118.03, including two half-centuries. Jake Weatherald has also scored two half-centuries in this BBL 2020/21 as he has scored 206 runs in 8 innings (average 34.33; strike-rate 134.64). Jonathan Wells is their third most run-scorer (152 runs in 8 innings with one half-century) but he is not consistent enough.
While the pacers Wes Agar and Peter Siddle have taken 14 and 13 wickets respectively, leg-spinner Rashid Khan has collected 12 wickets in this BBL 10. Also, Daniel Worrall and Danny Briggs both have picked up 7 wickets each in this season.
Latest full available squad
Alex Carey (C), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Lost, Lost and Won
After starting this tournament with a 7-wicket victory against Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades have already suffered seven consecutive defeats. Their confidence have been already crushed as they are now desperately waiting for a victory.
Their leading run-scorer in this BBL season Shaun Marsh is the fifth most run-scorer in the BBL 10. Shaun has scored 247 runs in 7 innings (average 35.28; strike-rate 137.22), including three half-centuries. However, he will continue to miss this BBL match as he is with his wife for the birth of their third child.
There are no other batsmen from Melbourne Renegades, who have scored at least 150 runs in this BBL season. While Sam Harper has scored 140 runs (8 innings), skipper Aaron Finch and injured Rilee Rossouw have scored 132 runs and 105 runs respectively in seven innings each.
Pacer Kane Richardson is their stand-out bowler as he has bagged 11 wickets in 8 matches in this BBL 10. Also, Peter Hatzoglou has got 7 wickets in 6 innings while Imad Wasim has scalped 5 wickets in 4 matches.
Latest full available squad
Aaron Finch (C), Noor Ahmad, Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Mohammad Nabi, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost and Lost
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 33: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades – Match Prediction
Adelaide Strikers are in better form while Melbourne Renegades lost all their last seven games. Moreover, Strikers have won all their last four meetings against Renegades, including their first meeting of this season, which was their last game.
So, undoubtedly, Adelaide Strikers are favourite for this match.