The Big Bash League 2019/20 is under full swing and like most years, we have already witnessed some thrilling games. As we approach another match day, the points table is headed by Sydney Sixers with 3 victories from 5 encounters. Meanwhile, we are already done with 14 matches in the tournament so far. It will be defending champions Melbourne Renegades who will square off against Adelaide Strikers who are currently on a two-match winning streak.
It has been a pretty poor tournament for the Melbourne Renegades so far. They are in desperate need of revival and today’s encounter will be one of the most important matches if they harbor hopes of getting their campaign back on track. Adelaide Strikers are the only team in the tournament so far who is yet to lose a match. All in all, we should be in for a nail-biting contest today.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
The Docklands Stadium in Melbourne will be hosting their first game of this tournament. Traditionally the pitch has been on the slower side if the 7 matches played at this particular venue last season is taken into account. The spinners will come into play in the latter half of the match. The team winning the toss should be tempted to field especially given the fact that this will be the first game at this particular venue.
Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris, Beau Webster, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Joe Mennie, Harry Gurney
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, Alex Carey [C & WK], Cameron White, Jonathan Wells, Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar
Big Bash League 2019/20
Match 15: Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers
Date and Time: 29th December 01:40 IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium in Melbourne
Television: Sony Six/HD, Kayo
Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, Tom Cooper
Alex Carey, Cameron White, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake
Top 4 batting order
Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Harris
Jake Weatherald, Philip Salt, Matthew Short, Alex Carey
Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian
Jake Weatherald, Cameron White
Death over bowlers
Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney
Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle
Alex Carey will be our first pick in the dream XI team. The southpaw has been an impressive performer for the Adelaide Strikers and has been scoring runs pretty consistently. He scored 45 in the previous clash and will look to continue his good run in the competition.
The first two batsmen in our dream XI team will be Aaron Finch and Jake Weatherald. Finch doesn’t need an introduction and is a sensible pick in any dream XI team. He scored a half-century in the previous game but it wasn’t enough to hand Renegades their first victory of the season. Weatherald, on the other hand, has also looked in great touch. He is a powerful striker of the ball and smashed Dale Steyn to all corners of the ground in the previous clash before Steyn had the last laugh.
Cameron White and Marcus Harris will be the next two picks in our dream XI team. White is an experienced campaigner and can strike the ball a long way. He hasn’t quite made an impact in this tournament so far so today might be the day. Harris is also a fine young player and can time the ball pretty well. He will look to provide much-needed stability in the middle order.
The last name in this category will be Beau Webster. He is a fine young batsman who looked in great touch during his penultimate match. He smashed an unbeaten 67 and will look for much of the same later today.
Daniel Christian and Matthew Short will be the two all-rounders in our dream XI team. Christian is a veteran of this tournament having been part of the competition since it’s inception. Christian has looked in good touch with the bat but hasn’t managed to score big. Short has also been among runs and can also chip in with some important wickets. Both these players are sensible picks in the dream XI team.
Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, and Peter Siddle will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Richardson who recently bagged a whopping IPL contract has looked in a good rhythm. Richardson returned with exceptional figures of 4/22 against Perth Scorchers. He will be an important player in the dream XI team. Meanwhile, Harry Gurney has a lot of variations up his sleeve and could prove to be the X factor for his team. However, he has gone for runs in this tournament and will be hoping for redemption.
The last pick in our dream XI team is Peter Siddle who announced his retirement from international cricket only yesterday. He has also looked in good shape and has been taking wickets on a consistent basis. He bagged 3 wickets in the previous clash against Melbourne Stars.
Captain and Vice-Captain
Aaron Finch will be the captain of the day while Jake Weatherald will be the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.