33RD MATCH 2020-21
08-JAN-2021, 07:10 AM
33rd Match (N), ADELAIDE, Jan 08 2021, Big Bash League
MLR VS ADS MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
We are finally off to a Big Bash League and the start to the tournament has been terrific. Hobart Hurricanes defied all odds after being in a difficult position to topple Sydney Sixers. In the second match of the tournament, Melbourne Stars rampaged past Brisbane Heat in a relatively single-street contest.
The upcoming match, which is to be played between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers has all the ingredients for yet another exciting contest. Even though the historical stats are a little tilted towards the Strikers, the Renegades won’t be an easy side to beat considering the changes they’ve done this year. The match between the two sides is to be played between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, on 08th January 2021.
One thing that works for the Renegades is that the only way they have after their terrible performance last year is up. It was rather strange to see them go down so easily last year as they won the title just a year before that. They struggled in both the departments of the game, but they seem to have addressed most of the issues that cropped up during their dismal run last year.
Compared to their last year’s team, they have a few changes this year. Additionally, there are likely to be some late joinings due to the pandemic. They have roped in Imad Wasim, Josh Lalor to buff up their bowling. In addition to that, having the likes of Rilee Rossouw in the middle-order will give a huge boost to their batting, which looked a little out of sorts last year.
On paper, the Renegades have a terrific squad. However, not all of their players will be available in the opening match and that could be a cause of concern for them. Aaron Finch, who had been in terrific form, will likely sit out of the first few matches. Also, the absence of Mohammad Nabi in the earlier matches could have a telling impact as well.
All in all, the Renegades are coming off a poor campaign last year and will have a point to prove. They have buffed up their team this year, but the absence of a few key players in the first few matches can set them back. If they can play to their potential, there’s no reason of why they can’t start off on a winning note.
Peter Siddle picked up a five-wicket haul to lead his side to victory against the Hobart Hurricanes. He was not the only good bowler of the game, though. Even Wes Agar, Rashid Khan, and Daniel Worrall all had a great game with the ball.
The Adelaide Strikers are always tough to beat when their bowling is firing and that is what they are going to bank on in this match as well. We like the matchup between Rashid Khan and the leading batsmen of the Sydney Sixers.
The Strikers got off to a poor start with the bat once again but Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey were spectacular. They kept the scoreboard ticking and accelerated with ease towards the end.
There were some cheap wickets that fell towards the end and that is something that would concern the Strikers. We worry about their depth in batting. They have the names on the sheet but somehow they always seem to be struggling with the bat.
The signs for the team are good as the bowling starts to come together and we think that Rashid Khan is due for a big wickets haul soon.
All they need to do now is ensure that their batsmen keep them in the game for long enough!
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There is some rain around in Canberra but hopefully, nothing that is going to affect that match. The pitch is going to be good for batting, the boundaries are small on one side, and the runs should flow.
We know that the previous match at the Adelaide Oval was a low-scoring one but this one should be better. A score of around 160 should be par.
MLR VS ADS BETTING TIPS
Historically, the Strikers have been a more successful team in the head-to-head encounters between the two sides. While they have lost a lot of good players in recent years, their team looks well-balanced this time around. On the contrary, the Renegades are likely to have a hard time with their key players absent for the first few matches. The likes of Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, and Matt Renshaw, can be difficult to deal with for any bowling attack, and having those players is the biggest advantage that the Strikers have. In addition to that, they have hard-hitting batsmen coupled with experienced bowlers available. For those reasons, betting on Adelaide Strikers’ win should be the way to go in this all-important encounter.