Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades: The reigning champions started their title defence emphatically as they beat Brisbane Heat by 5 wickets in their opening game. Rashid Khan didn’t put a foot wrong & Alex Carey continued his fine run of form. They take on Melbourne Renegades in the 6th Big Bash League fixture. The Gades took the field without Aaron Finch & Marcus Harris & the tremors of a mediocre batting line-up were felt very early. Sam Harper & Mohammad Nabi’s partnership steadied a rather sinking Renegade ship helping them to a 4-wicket victory. The stage is set for an enthralling contest & this for an all-important two points.
Venue: The Adelaide Oval
Date: 23rd December 2018
Kick-Off: 1:45 PM, IST
The teams have met 8 times in the Big Bash League across seven seasons. The Strikers lead, 5-3. Last year, the teams locked horns in the semi-finals where the Strikers narrowly beat the Gades by 1 run & eventually went on to lift the title.
Since the redevelopment in 2013, drop-in pitches have been used at the Adelaide Oval. The turf here was a batting paradise before the drop-in pitches were introduced. Because the game is played after the sun goes down, it might assist the batters in the second part of the game. Win the bat-flip & bowl first.
Both teams are expected to remain unchanged.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Colin Ingram (C), Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Matthew Short, Jon Wells, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake
Tom Cooper (C), Cameron White, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Usman Shinwari, Tim Ludeman, Jack Wildermuth, Sam Harper
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Tweak it like Khan. Rashid Khan is without a shadow of a doubt the most complete T20 player in the world at the moment. He’s a globetrotter and has dominated every league in the world. The Big Bash has seen this sensational player at the peak of his prowess & he’s not done yet. Rashid Khan is nearing a 100 T20 wickets for the calendar year 2018. His 3/19 against the Heat took him to 92 wickets(the most in a year), 5 more already than Dwayne Bravo’s 87 in 2016. His USP – he keeps getting better every game.
Since the beginning of 2017, Rashid Khan has picked 174 wickets while conceding fewer than 6.5 runs-per-over. He’s way beyond the next best. Another world class leggie, Imran Tahir with 114 scalps is next on the list. That’s how good he’s been. On the field, he’s a live wire. He’s a natural when it comes to covering ground & releasing a rocket throw from the boundaries. Also, his strike-rate in T20s – an impressive 150.79. There’s nothing on the cricket field that Rashid can’t do. He’s the blockbuster players to watch out for.
Not many have heard his name & he isn’t as renowned in the cricketing world yet. Usman Shinwari is one for the future & of course, he’s from the land where fast bowling is an innate benediction – Pakistan. How does he not start regularly for Pakistan in all three formats? One might wonder when they get a glimpse of the left-arm pacer. Pace, swing and immaculate control. Shinwari has got it all. Well, that’s in the Pakistan DNA. His figures of 4-0-17-2 against the Scorchers earned him the player of the match award. Not only is Shinwari the player to keep an eye on for this fixture, but he’s also a force to reckon with for the entire tournament. Renegades have a star in their ranks & that star is certain to shine brighter with every game.
In T20s – Played: 48, Wickets: 59, Best figures: 5/9, Economy-rate: 7.21
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR ADELAIDE STRIKERS vs MELBOURNE RENEGADES
FANFIGHT ON MOBILE DEVICES
FanFight is available on both Android & iOS. Download Fantasy Cricket App and watch your favourite cricketers win points for you.
iOS users can Download FanFight iOS App and start winning cash daily.
SUBSCRIBE TO GET THE LATEST UPDATES