The 15th match of the 2019 Big Bash League will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The match starts at 01:40 PM IST (08:10 AM GMT) (07:10 PM Local). This match can be watched live on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
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The defending champions couldn’t have hoped for a more dismal start that they have endured thus far. After having lost their opening three encounters, the Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades are in desperate need of a revival.
They come into this game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Hobart Hurricanes after another insipid effort with the bat- despite a half-century from Aaron Finch- which saw them post an underwhelming 147 all-out, a target which was chased down with ease by D’Arcy Short  and Ben McDermott-led Hurricanes.
The task of reviving their fortunes wouldn’t be easy though as the team they will face on Sunday, is riding on a two-match winning streak, with the latest victory coming in a nail-biting encounter against the Stars- Alex Carey’s Adelaide Strikers.
It is set to be another perfect day for cricket in Melbourne. According to the weather report, the temperatures are expected to be between 22-33 degrees Celsius while humidity is expected to be around 49%.
This will be the first game at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne this season. The surface at the venue has been on the slower side at times if the seven matches in the last season are considered. The score around 145-155 seem to be enough on this pitch. It will be interesting to see how it behaves on Sunday.
Average 1st inning score: 124 (7 matches in BBL 2018-19 season)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4; Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
The Renegades have made two changes to their 13-man squad. Paceman Joe Mennie and all-rounder Will Sutherland have been added to the squad in place of Jake Fraser-McGurk and Jack Wildermuth.
The Strikers have made one change to their 13-man squad as well picking Liam O’Connor at the expense of Harry Conway.
Probable Playing XIs:
Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Beau Webster, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson/Joe Mennie, Harry Gurney
Bench – Will Sutherland, Richard Gleeson/Joe Mennie
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, Alex Carey [C & WK], Cameron White, Jonathan Wells, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar
Bench – Liam O’Connor, Harry Nielsen.
Melbourne Renegades- Skipper Aaron Finch [107 runs at 35.6], Shaun Marsh [134 runs at 44.6] and Beu Webster [95 runs] have been among the runs for the defending champions thus far and will once again be the key to their fortunes against the Strikers.
The leading wicket-taker of the last season, Kane Richardson has snapped just four wickets thus far, all of which came against the Scorchers. However, his economy rate of 5.46 has been brilliant and he’ll be spearheading the bowling department.
Adelaide Strikers- The trio of Jake Weatherland [146 runs at 48.6], Alex Carey [145 runs at 48.3] and Jonathan Wells [141 runs] have been the lynchpin of the Strikers batting surge. Peter Siddle showed the worth of experience in the last game where he successfully defended 12 runs off the last over. He, along with Rashid Khan [4 wickets at 17.25] will lead the bowling unit.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch
Vice-Captain – Shaun Marsh, Rashid Khan, Jonathan Wells
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Cameron White, Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald [C], Aaron Finch [VC], Beu Webster
All-Rounders – Matthew Short, Daniel Christian
Bowlers – Harry Gurney, Peter Siddle, Kane Richardson
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Alex Carey [C], Sam Harper
Batsmen- Shaun Marsh [VC], Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Tom Cooper
All-Rounders – Matthew Short, Daniel Christian
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson
Both sides have power-packed top-order. Hence, opting for the likes of Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald or Aaron Finch as C or VC could be worth a punt.
Adelaide Strikers are expected to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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