Date: December 22, 2021
Time: 1:45 PM (IST)
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
The Scorchers will lock horns with Melbourne Renegades in the 17th match of Big Bash League 2021. Scorchers, an unbeaten team in the tournament so far, is having a dream run this season. They have registered four successive wins so far and will be eager to maintain their consistency.
In their last outing, the team outplayed Hobarts in all the departments. With Kurtis Patterson’s 78 off 48 balls and Agar’s 30 off 11 balls cameo at the end, the team could manage to put up a decent total of 167 runs at the loss of 7 wickets. Bowlers too stepped up and provided much-needed breakthroughs to the team.
On the other hand, Melbourne Renegades are struggling to register a single victory since their first match. The team started well against Adelaide Strikers and had a promising start to the campaign but ever since nothing went in their favour. They suffered a heavy loss against Brisbane Heat in their most recent match.
The pitch is a bit batting friendly, and bowlers will have to be on their toes to make a mark. We can expect some huge total from either side on the surface.
Head to Head:
The team has the least to worry about as their players are performing well and have ticked all the right boxes since the start of the campaign. Kurtis Patterson’s heroics injected a lot of courage into the management and a fair share of support from each batter helped them to score a defending total. Not just batters, but even bowlers are doing well for Scorchers and the overall team is looking well to continue their winning streak.
They need to sit with pen and paper and list out why everything is going so wrong for them. Their performance has been an utter disappointment for their fans. Players are performing in bits & pieces but they need to do it collectively if they want to cross the winning mark.
Melbourne’s probable XI
Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Nic Maddinson (c), Mohammad Nabi, James Seymour, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Scorchers’ probable XI
Kurtis Patterson, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro, Ashton Turner (c), Laurie Evans, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills
Melbourne will be trying to forget their past and make a new start but Scorchers will be favourites on Wednesday going by their current form.