BBL06 - Match 9
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BBL06 - Match 9
2016-17 Big Bash formMelbourne Renegades: WPerth Scorchers: W L
Top runscorer tipsMelbourne Renegades: Cameron White - $4 at William HillPerth Scorchers: Ian Bell - $4.20 at Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker tipsMelbourne Renegades: Brad Hogg - $5 at Bet365Perth Scorchers: Andrew Tye - $4.33 at Bet365
MELBOURNE Renegades got off to a flyer in the 2016-17 Big Bash League with a comfortable 49-run win over Sydney Thunder last week.
That performance has seen them firm into $4.50 at CrownBet to win the title.
Aaron Finch starred with 63 at the top of the order, but it was the Gades’ new and improved bowling attack that really impressed.
Brad Hogg was best in show with 2/22 from his four overs, and he is sure to be the centre of attention after his controversial switch from Western Australia in the off season.
James Pattinson’s long-awaited return to the big stage will have to wait, however, after the injury-prone quick suffered a mild hamstring strain last week.
The Renegades are keen to get some mileage out of a player who hasn’t featured since BBL04, but their skipper made it clear that Pattinson wouldn’t be rushed back ahead of time.
“We’re disappointed for Patto but I think it’s in the best interests of him and Australian cricket to make sure that we treat him with a bit of care, and make sure that he gets back on the park for Australia more than anything else,” Finch said on the eve of his side’s BBL opener against the Thunder.
“I’m not exactly sure on the timeframe but they’re probably going to take a little bit of extra care with this.
“He’s had a fair layoff. He’s been disappointed with missing so much cricket but at the end of the day, if he’s back up and firing for Australia sooner rather than later, it’s a good thing.”
Luckily for the Melburnians, they aren’t short of solid seam options.
Chris Tremain brings in excellent form from the Sheffield Shield, while both Dwayne Bravo and Nathan Rimmington are very well travelled in Twenty20 cricket.
But can they cope with the top-to-bottom firepower of Perth Scorchers?
Sydney Sixers had no issues on Tuesday evening, holding the two-time champions to just 130 before Johan Botha eased them home with six wickets and two overs to spare.
That was without Mitchell Johnson, who was rested after making his return to top-flight cricket with 3/33 in Perth’s opening win over Adelaide Strikers.
The former Australia paceman is expected to reclaim his spot in the starting 11 on Thursday, most likely at the expense of Jhye Richardson.
But it wasn’t the bowling performance that would most concern Scorchers fans about the SCG loss.
The West Australian side’s star-studded batting roster was undone all too easily by the spin trio of Botha, Steve O’Keefe and Will Somerville.
Michael Klinger (18), Sam Whiteman (28) and Ian Bell (21) each failed to capitalise on solid starts, while Shaun Marsh, David Willey and Adam Voges never looked at the races.
Although Perth have a history of defending small totals, they will have to show some serious improvement on an Etihad wicket that appears to have plenty in it for the spinners.
Brad Hogg betting tips
Once the most popular man in WA cricket, ‘George’ is now enemy number one in Perth.
Justin Langer, the Scorchers coach, was livid with his long-time teammate’s decision to head east.
A few choice quotes in recent interviews suggest that is also the overwhelming sentiment within the playing group.
Do you reckon the Scorchers bats might go after their former comrade on their first encounter since his divisive move?
We do, and we think that may throw up some huge wicket-taking opportunities for a man who, at 45, remains one of Australia’s best limited-overs bowlers.
Man of the match – $26 at Bet365
Top Renegades bowler – $5 at Bet365
More wickets than Tye and Willey – $2.85 at William Hill
Over 1.5 wickets – $1.90 at William Hill
Renegades vs. Scorchers match prediction
Melbourne’s bowling unit could be the difference here.
In Bravo, Hogg and Narine, they boast three of the most canny and successful T20 cricketers on the planet.
They took six wickets between them against the Thunder, while Tom Cooper (1/8) also impressed as a surprise opener.
The in-form Marcus Harris and Cameron White failed to fire with the bat last time out, so there’s plenty of upside in the top order as well.
The Scorchers should be better than they were in Sydney, and Johnson’s return should a real strike threat alongside the excellent seam variations of Andrew Tye.
Nevertheless, we are backing the hosts to hammer home their Big Bash title favouritism with a second win.
Match result – Melbourne Renegades to win ($1.85 at Sportsbet)
Highest opening partnership – Melbourne Renegades ($2.04 at Sportsbet)
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