Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers – Big Bash League, January 5, 2021
Can things get any worse for the Renegades?
Michael Klinger’s men notched up their third sub-100 score of the season on Sunday as they suffered a 96-run defeat at the hands of the Scorchers.
The Melbourne franchise is now rock bottom of the table – eight points behind fifth-place Adelaide. The Strikers won back-to-back games on either side of Christmas, although they have since lost their previous two.
In my Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers betting preview, I look at the bookmakers’ odds, give my prediction, and share my pick.
Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers Odds
Unsurprisingly, 10bet views the Strikers (1.62) as the favorites to win this one. The South Australians haven’t been at their best in recent games, yet they have still remained competitive.
By contrast, the Renegades (2.15) haven’t won since their opening match of the season. Six straight defeats have seen the Melbourne franchise become cut adrift at the foot of the standings.
Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers Preview
I’m struggling to figure out exactly why the Gades are struggling so much right now. I mean, the obvious issue is that they don’t score enough runs. But with big-hitters like Aaron Finch and Shaun March in their ranks, they should be doing far better.
Klinger’s men pushed the Sixers all the way last week, losing by two wickets with just one ball left. On New Year’s Day, Marsh smashed 87 runs to put his side in control against the Thunder. However, the Sydneysiders were handed the win via DLS after rain stopped play.
But last time out, the Renegades were completely humiliated by the Scorchers.
Perth finished on 185/3 after 20 overs, before Klingler’s men were bowled out for just 89 runs inside 13 overs. Jack Prestwidge (33) offered some resistance with the bat, although star men Marsh (14) and Finch (8) fell early on.
It’s difficult to see how the Gades can turn things around at the moment. Morale is clearly low within the camp, and it’s only going to get worse if the team continues to lose by so many runs.
Meanwhile, the Strikers have been pretty unpredictable so far this season.
Victories over Hobart, Brisbane, and Perth prove that Jason Gillespie’s men are capable of upsetting the league’s strongest teams, yet recent defeats to the Scorchers and the Sixers have prevented the club from moving up the table.
It’s fair to say that Adelaide’s bowlers have been the team’s standout performers in BBL 10. Rashid Khan and Wes Agar are the joint-leading wicket-takers in the competition (11), while veteran Peter Siddle has also been prolific with the ball (10).
However, the South Australians must improve with the bat if they want to secure a top-five finish. Alex Carey just sneaks into the top ten run-scorers at the moment, but his fellow batsmen have failed to pick up runs on a regular basis this season.
Jonathan Wells (66) and Jake Weatherald (34*) both chipped in against the Sixers on Sunday. If they can back up their performances on Tuesday, the Strikers should be too strong for the Gades.
Melbourne Renegades vs. Adelaide Strikers Prediction and Pick
Adelaide Strikers to Win1.62
The Renegades showed glimpses of promise in recent defeats to the Sixers and the Thunder. However, they were completely outclassed by the Scorchers in their previous outing.
In my eyes, this matchup provides the Strikers with the perfect opportunity to get back on track and return to winning ways. I’m expecting Rashid, Agar, and Siddle to tear through the Gades’ batting line-up.