Melbourne Renegades are the only side in the Big Bash League yet to collect a point, but they get their chance to get on first win against the Adelaide Strikers side at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
The Renegades have lost all three games so far – to Sydney Thunder (six wickets), Perth Scorchers (11 runs) and Hobart Hurricanes (seven wickets).
The Strikers remain unbeaten with two straight wins over Perth Scorchers (15 runs) and Melbourne Stars (four runs) after starting with a no result against Sydney Thunder.
The only positive for the Renegades so far has been the form of Shaun Marsh (134 runs, SR 132.67), who remains the fourth highest run-scorer of the season ahead of Saturday’s match between the Sixers and Thunder.
Kane Richardson with his four wickets (ER 5.46) has been the Renegades’ best bowler and their best bet to come back to form. Captain Aaron Finch will hope to pick up the first win of the tournament, before it is too late. It will depend on how well the Renegades’ top-order gets amongst the runs to support Marsh.
While the Renegades are the only winless side of the tournament, the Strikers are the only unbeaten side. The top-order batsmen have been doing their job with all three – Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells – featuring in the top-three run-getters before Saturday’s match.
The return of Peter Siddle (three wickets, ER 6) strengthens their chances, as the Strikers will look to Rashid Khan (four wickets, ER 8.28) and hope he regains the highs of previous seasons.
The Renegades have had the worst possible start to their title defence, losing all three matches. The poor form of their batsmen is a concern, although Shaun Marsh is the positive story. The Strikers, on the other hand, have been doing really well managing to win matches with all-round performances. The top-order batsmen have all been impressive leading the overall competition charts. The bowling seems to have settled, with Peter Siddle back and leading the charge. Overall, the visitors hold an edge and the momentum over their win-deprived hosts.
History & Statistics
- Renegades have lost five of the last seven H2Hs.
- Renegades have lost three of four H2H matches at this venue.
- Strikers have won six of the seven H2Hs they batted first.
- Strikers have won their last three matches played at this venue.
- Seven of the last eight H2Hs were won by the visiting side of the day.
- Strikers have won four of five away H2H matches.
Shaun Marsh has been the standout for the Renegades in what was otherwise a poor season so far. The batsman is once again going to be vital for the Renegades’ cause.
Alex Carey has been impressive for the Strikers. He has been playing sheet anchor roles with perfection and will look to guide his side to another win.