Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades: Friday 7:40pm AEDT at Adelaide Oval
The second semi-final will be played between the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades. Neither of the two teams has ever won a BBL title or even played in the final, so this game is going to be a big one for both of them.
|Strikers v Renegades||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Adelaide Strikers WIN ($2.00)|
|Top Strikers Batsman||Colin Ingram ($3.20)|
|Top Renegades Batsman||Tom Cooper ($4.50)|
|Top Strikers Bowler||Rashid Khan ($2.75)|
|Top Renegades Bowler||Chris Tremain ($5.00)|
The Adelaide Strikers won seven out of their 10 games and were very consistent throughout the league stages. Their opponents, the Melbourne Renegades, won 6 out of their 10 matches and were much more hit and miss.
The Strikers will be missing Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake for this crucial match. The loss of their best two batsmen and their fastest bowler is going to stretch the Adelaide Strikers to the absolute limit.
They still have an excellent bowling attack but their batting will have to have a really good day in order to progress. The Wolf thinks that there is plenty of quality in this side and that someone like Colin Ingram can do the job with the bat for the franchise pretty easily.
The Melbourne Renegades beat the Brisbane Heat in their last match and would be very pleased that their top-3 batsmen all got significant scores. With Cameron White also returning for this match, the Renegades are definitely the stronger batting team.
They will be missing Kane Richardson and that will be a big loss considering he took 8 wickets in his last two matches. The Melbourne Renegades will have to depend on Dwayne Bravo a lot for his bowling skills as that is one area where they could struggle.
The fact that this match is being played at the Adelaide Oval is also an advantage for the Strikers. They have the bowling to restrict the scoring on a ground where a boundary is never too far away.
This is a contest between the bowing unit of the Adelaide Strikers and the batting unit of the Melbourne Renegades.
Head to Head
The Adelaide Strikers have a 4-3 advantage over the Melbourne Renegades. They also beat the Melbourne Renegades very convincingly when they played against each other in the league stage. The Adelaide Oval has been a good place for the Melbourne Renegades to play cricket as they have won 2 out of their 3 matches against the Strikers.
The Wolf thinks that Strikers have a real chance at winning this match thanks to an incredible bowling attack. They are also available at an excellent price as underdogs.
Top Adelaide Strikers Batsman
If the Adelaide Strikers are to have a chance in this game then it is almost given that Colin Ingram will have to play an extremely big role. The big South African has had a good series and is currently the second highest scorer for the Adelaide Strikers. His best performances have come when he has batted higher up the order, which he will be expected to do in this match.
Top Melbourne Renegades Batsman
Tom Cooper played an excellent innings of 65 not out from just 36 balls with 8 boundaries and two sixes. This was his third fifty-plus score of the tournament and he is just striking top-form at the right moment. Cooper has hit more sixes than any other member of his side and is striking the ball at 143.95. If he can get past the spin attack from the Strikers then he could light up the semi-final.
Top Adelaide Strikers Bowler
Rashid Khan has just had a hefty payday in the IPL auction but his focus remains winning the BBL at the moment. His four overs are going to be the most crucial for the Renegades to combat. The fact that Rashid Khan is part of a strong bowling lineup has helped him immensely. He currently has 17 wickets in the tournament at an economy rate of 5.52.
Top Melbourne Renegades Bowler
Chris Tremain picked up three wickets in the last match and played a big role in helping the Renegades get past the Brisbane Heat. He will be up against a dodgy top-order that could collapse under pressure quite easily. He seems to be a good bet considering the price he is available at as well.