Date & Time: Saturday, December 21, 15:40 IST
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth, Australia
Both the sides eager to open their account
Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades which have lost their respective opening games of the season will clash of each other in the second match of Saturday’s doubleheader in Perth. The defending Champions couldn’t defend an above par score against the Thunder, and the Scorchers couldn’t post a decent target. Both the teams have a fair share of work to do in order to open their account in the season.
Lian Livingstone, the English player is the top-rated batsman in today’s match who has a PPM of 52 in the format. Aaron Finch, the Renegades skipper is not too far way in the pecking order with a PPM of close 50. Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft are also decent picks among batsmen who have a PPM of above 35.
In All-rounder’s category, Daniel Christan leads the way with a PPM of 45 and Mitchell Marsh who is next in the list has a PPM of 42. Ashton Agar is also a decent option with a PPM of 38 in the format.
In the bowling, there are a quite a few contenders who have a good record in the format. Chris Jordan, Mathew Kelly, and Kane Richardson are the picks who have a PPM of 45 in the format. Harry Gurney is next in the order with a PPM of 40. Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, and Richard Gleeson are also options who have a PPM of above 35 in the format.
Perth Scorchers possible XI
Josh Inglis(w), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh(c), Ashton Turner, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Matthew Kelly, Fawad Ahmed
Melbourne Renegades possible XI
Sam Harper(w), Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Richard Gleeson, Harry Gurney
The surface in Perth has proved to be a paradise for Pacers in the previous edition of BBL. Batsmen too enjoyed their time here with the true bounce off the surface. The average score of the first innings in the last season is 156.
The Renegades skipper is in decent form of late in the format. In the first match of the season, he had given the team a good start but it wasn’t enough for the team in the end result. Now it’s time that he comes up with a big knock to live up to the defending champions tag. He has a PPM of close to 50 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the format which is an indication of his decent consistency.
A lot depends on how he goes at the top of the order for a side that lacks depth in the batting. In the first match, he has departed without opening the account but in the second he can’t repeat the same. If his PPM of 52 and an MDTA of 1.46 is anything to go by, then there is every chance he will bounce back in today’s match.
Caribbean born England bowler is making himself a go-to bowler for any side across the leagues in the world. His ability to bowl crucial phases of an innings is one of the reasons for his rise in the last few years. He is also a handy lower-order batsman which makes him a must-have in today’s match.
The leading wicket-taker of the previous season has gone wickless in the first match of this season. But we expect him to be amongst the wickets in today’s match given his recent form in the international circuit. He has a PPM of 44 and an MDTA of 1.8 in the format.