4TH placed Adelaide Strikers are all set to take on 8th placed Melbourne Renegades in the 33rd match of the ongoing big bash league today. Already both sides met on January 5th in which Adelaide Strikers get better off Melbourne Renegades. Adelaide strikers dominated Melbourne Renegades in all the departments which help them to seal a comfortable victory. Adelaide Strikers are having a mixed run so far in the tournament by winning three and losing two games they have played so far. They will be eyeing for the victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. Philip salt and Captain Alex Carey is in good nick and they have lent their valuable contributions so far. Jake Weatherald is giving a right balance for the side with his all-round contribution. Rashid khan is at his best in the middle overs with ball and has lent a useful contribution with the bat down the order. Wes Agar, Peter Siddle and Daniel Worrell are forging important combinations in their bowling department. Overall a well-balanced side and has got all the abilities to turn the tables on their favour.
Melbourne Renegades on another hand is struggling at the bottom of the points table and they are yet to win a single game so far in the tournament. Captain Aaron Finch is looking good with the bat but he is not getting enough support from another end. It leaves him to do too much work. Mohammed Nabi is neither good with bat nor good at ball. So he is affecting the balance of the team. He is an experienced campaigner and has got all the ability to bounce back. In the bowling department, Josh Lalor, Noor Ahmed and Kane Richardson are bowling well but they are not clicking as a unit. If one enjoys the good outing rest two are leaking runs which is the worrying sign. They need to regroup quickly and bounce back strongly to end their campaign on a high note.
Players to watch out for:
Captain Alex Carey is carrying too much responsibility on his shoulders. He has delivered with bat and he will look to do the same in today’s match as well which will help his side to move an inch closer to playoffs.his form is crucial for him to cement his place in Australia’s batting line-up as well.
One of the versatile batsmen in modern era Aaron finch is doing well at the moment. He needs to play more responsibly with the bat that will help him to spend some time and deliver a quality knock for his team.
You can expect a perfect sporting wicket today at Adelaide oval. Batting first will be the ideal option for captains to put up a strong total on-board which will also help the bowlers to execute their plans without any hurdles.
Expected playing XI:
Matt Renshaw, Philip Salt, Alex Carey (c and wk), Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Jake Weatherald, Rashid Khan, Daniel Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle, Daniel Worrall
Aaron Finch(c), Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper(wk), Mohammad Nabi, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Noor Ahmad.
It is going to be yet another interesting game of cricket and considering the current form Adelaide strikers has got all the ability to emerge as victorious.