After losses in their respective Big Bash League season openers, Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades play at the Optus Stadium on Saturday in search of their first win.
With the defending champions the Renegades having won their last two matches against the Scorchers, this could be an interesting match.
The Scorchers went down by eight wickets to the Sydney Sixers at Sydney to start their season on a low note. Just four batsmen could get into double figures, as they ended up with just 131. Among the bowlers, all except Chris Jordan (2 for 13) were thrashed around.
A quick turnaround is possible, as the hosts enjoy the pace and bounce at the Optus Stadium. The likes of Jhye Richardson and Chris Jordan will be back in play, but their batting needs to be in place too. Cameron Bancroft and Mitchell Marsh need to be among the runs for the Scorchers to have any chance.
The Renegades had a poor start themselves, falling to a six-wicket loss at the hand of Thunder. New recruit Shaun Marsh (42 off 33 balls) started his Renegades career in the right spirit, but only Harry Gurney (2 for 26) could sparkle with the ball.
It was a poor start to the campaign, but the Champions have the right tools to bounce quick. Their top-order needs to fire once again, while the bowling needs to back up the prime suspects.
The Renegades started their batting in a breeze against the Thunder, but lost track of their path. Their bowling wasn’t up to the mark and Aaron Finch would hope that they can recover soon. The Scorchers have a bigger concern on their hands, considering their batting was way below par. They need to maximize the efforts of their top-order, while the bowlers will look forward to getting back to home conditions.
History & Statistics
- Perth Scorchers have won eight of ten H2Hs, but Melbourne Renegades have won the last two.
- Perth Scorchers have a 6-1 win-loss record in H2Hs while winning the toss.
- Perth Scorchers have the lowest average Powerplay score across all teams last season (39.71).
- Melbourne Renegades have the lowest successfully defended score at this venue – 158 vs Scorchers in 2018/19.
- Melbourne Renegades have a 20-15 win-loss record while batting second.
Cameron Bancroft was the centre of Scorchers’ scores last season making it a point to take the game deep. His presence could be vital and a big score from him will set things up for the hosts.
Shaun Marsh will look to get amongst the runs when he gets up against his team. The left-hander started his Renegades life with a crisp 42 in the first match and could look to continue in the same vein.