Teams look for their first win
Big Bash League 2014 Live
The Big Bash League is back after a break of two days and Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades are set to face off on the Boxing Day at Perth.
Both teams lost their first games and look to kick start on the points table. While Perth Scorchers lost the match narrowly by one wicket against Adelaide Strikers with two balls to go, Melbourne Strikers were completely stormed off by Sydney Sixers as they lost by eight wickets.
Melbourne Renegades played with a boastful team filled with T20 specialists. They managed to put on 154 runs but were blown away by Nic Maddinson. For Renegades, Wade started in an agile manner scoring 35 off 18 balls and Callum Ferguson, who came in at number three, made 40 off 32 balls but no one managed to provide that impetus at the end which can make a difference of 10-15 runs.
In the bowling department Peter Siddle, Dwayne Bravo, Nathan Rimmington and Andre Russel were the known faces but they had no answers to the onslaught by the Sixers.
For Perth Scorchers, Carberry, Klinger and Marcus Harris chipped in and gave them a score of 146 but could not stave off Adelaide who won by a paltry margin of 1 wicket. In the bowling department Behrendroff, who was chosen man of the match, bowled beautifully as he grabbed four wickets giving away 22 runs off four overs. Other bowlers chipped in but was not enough as Adelaide won with an over to spare.
Team News :
Melbourne Renegades :
For the match at The Furnace, WACA Perth, The Renegades have made two changes from the squad for the match against Sydney Sixers. Aaron ‘O Brien and Tom Beaton have come into the side for Peter Siddle and Nathan Rimmington.
Siddle is unavailable due to International commitments while Rimmington has not recovered from the toe injury he suffered during the game against Sixers. O’ brien will provide Renegades an extra spinning option apart from Fawad Ahmed.
Melbourne Renegades Squad : Aaron Finch (C), Fawad Ahmed, Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Andrew Fekete, Aaron ‘ O Brien, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Matthew Short, Matthew Wade (WK), Nick Winter.
They have signed Bangladesh all rounder Shakib Al Hasan but will be available in the second leg of the tournament as Russell and Bravo won’t be available due to international commitments.
Perth Scorchers :
Matt Dixon has been included into the squad instead of the injured Coulter Nile while the veteran Chinaman Brad Hogg did not pass the fitness test and is not included in the squad. The bowlers are the key for the side and with Perth being their home ground they can make a difference with their bowling as they almost pulled off in the last game. The 13 man squad they have announced for this game is :
Perth Scorchers Squad : Adam Voges (C), Ashton Agar, Behrendroff, Michael Carberry, Cartwright, Dixon, Harris, Klinger, Murrihead, Turner, Tye, Whiteman.
Past Records :
Here is an interesting fact for you, Perth Scorchers have never lost to Melbourne Rengades in the three matches they have played against each other over the three seasons. Last season too these two teams played on the boxing day and Perth Scorchers, after managing 117 runs, won the match by 6 runs as Renegades were contained for 111 runs.
The Pitch :
There is no need to mention that the pitch at WACA, Perth is going to be a fast and fierce one as the ball is expected to whizz past the batsman. The last five games played in the Big Bash League at this venue in the 2013/14 season sees totals of 117-157-153-203-191. Interestingly enough, the sides batting first have won four of the five times and that might be an important factor.
The Odds :
Melbourne Renegades is 1.81 to win the match and we too are going with Melbourne Renegades to win as they have a brilliant batting line up and Perth are missing their two main batsmen, The Marsh brothers who played crucial role in the Perth’s last year’s triumph. Batting for Perth is looking too feeble and this might be a difference between the two teams.