Big Bash League, 2018 | Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades, Match 02 | PS vs MLR Who Will Win
The second match of the eighth edition of the Big Bash League will see Perth Scorchers square off against Melbourne Renegades at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. After the disappointment of the last season where both sides faltered at the semi-final stage, the 2018 edition ushers a new opportunity for both franchises to correct as to what went wrong.
While the Renegades lost out to eventual champions Adelaide Strikers by a run while chasing 5-178, set mainly due to a whirlwind knock by Travis Head [85 off 57 balls], the Scorchers were routed by the Hurricanes after an abysmal batting effort saw them get bowled out for 139 while chasing 4-210. The Scorchers have been the most consistent side in BBL history while the Renegades hold the distinction of being the only side not to reach the finals in the past seven editions.
Will 2018 be different? Will the Scorchers continue to build on the winning culture, they’ve so meticulously formed during the Justin Langer era or will the Renegades finally break their jinx of not entering the finals? It’s all to play for and the first game will certainly give us a fair idea of what can we expect from both sides.
Arguably, the most successful side in the history of the BBL, the Men from the West will usher in a new era under a new coach Adam Voges with Justin Langer now spearheading the national team.
The winning culture that has been meticulously formed by the Scorchers should continue with plenty of familiar troops set to feature again. Discarded Aussie vice-captain, Mitchell Marsh will once again lead the side. Despite Shaun Marsh [Test duty], Joel Parris [injured] and Cameron Bancroft [suspended] not being available for the tournament opener, coach Adam Vodges will still have an arduous task of trimming arguably the strongest squad of the tournament down to 11.
Michael Klinger, who had a great outing [184 runs] for the Scorchers last season will once again spearhead the batting department along with Ashton Turner- the leading run-scorer for the side [252 runs] in 2017. Josh Inglis is set to edge out Sam Whiteman for the keepers’ slot while English International David Willey and skipper Mitch Marsh will lead the all-rounder’s department.
But, arguably the Scorchers stronger suit remains their bowling. In Jason Behendroff, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile, they have proven wicket-keepers and add Pakistani origin leg-spinner, Usman Qadir into the mix, who impressed in the recently concluded JLT Cup, the bowling line-up looks impotent.
With regular openers, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris set to miss the tournament opener due to Test duty and Mackenzie Harvey still recovering from injury, the onus will be on the likes of skipper Tom Cooper, vice-captain Dan Christian and Cameron White to lead the pegging order.
In the 13-man squad that the Renegades have named for the opening game, Cameron Boyce, Usman Khan Shenwari are set to play their first game for the club. Sam Harper and Kelvin Smith are also in line to make their club debut after impressing in the trails last week.
New signing in Mohammad Nabi will plug in the gap left by Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo while Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain and Will Sutherland will spearhead the fast bowling department.
Venue:- Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Match Timing:- Thursday, December 20, 2018, 01:45 PM IST
Mitch Marsh [c], Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner [vc], Hilton Cartright, Jason Behendroff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Inglis [wk], Michael Klinger, Usman Qadir, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey
Tom Cooper [c], Dan Christian [vc], Jack Wildermuth, Tim Ludeman, Cameron White, Mohammad Nabi, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Usman Khan Shenwari, Kelvin Smith, Chris Tremain, Will Sutherland, Sam Harper
Here’s how both teams’ might line-up:-
Batsmen- Michael Klinger, Ashton Turner [D:- Hilton Cartwright, Sam Whiteman]
Wicket-Keeper- Josh Inglis
All-rounders- Mitch Marsh, David Willey, Ashton Agar
Bowlers- Jason Behendroff, Usman Qadir, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson
Batsmen- Cameron White, Tom Cooper, Kelvin Smith
Wicket-Keeper- Tim Ludeman/Sam Harper
All-rounders- Dan Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Wildermuth
Bowlers- Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Cameron Boyce, Will Sutherland
In the absence of Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris the onus of spearheading the batting line-up for the Renegades will be on skipper Tom Cooper [298 runs at 49.66 in BBL 2017] and Cameron White.
As for the Scorchers, Ashton Turner [252 runs at 31.50] and Michael Klinger [194 runs in BBL 2017] will lead the batting unit in the absence of Bancroft [suspended] and Shaun Marsh [national duty].
My Picks- Ashton Tuner, Cameron White, Tom Cooper, Michael Klinger
Josh Inglis will be my pick to don the wicket-keeping gloves.
In Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, David Willey, Mitch Marsh, Jack Wildermuth and Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, both sides boast of proven T20 all-rounders. You can opt for either of them in your Dream11 team.
Fantasy Tip:- Ashton Agar [149 runs & eight wickets] was imperious with both bat and ball for the Scorchers in the last season. You can make him the skipper of your Dream11 team.
Andrew Tye [second-highest wicket-taker in T20s this season], Jason Behendroff, Kane Richardson and Usman Qadir are best bets for the bowling department.
Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Tom Cooper, Dan Christian, Mohammad Nabi
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