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27 Jan 2019 by Rob

2018-19 Big Bash League – Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Monday, 28th January - 10:15 (UK)

Where is Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Optus Stadium

What is the expected weather for Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades? 26-28c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades? http://www.perthscorchers.com.au/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Perth Scorchers W8, Melbourne Renegades W1
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Perth Scorchers by 4 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

PERTH SCORCHERS

Coach: Adam Voges

Captain: Mitchell Marsh

  • The Scorchers are all but mathematically out of the tournament now after their disappointing loss to Sydney Thunder last time out although they will be keen to salvage some pride especially in front of their home fans.

  • They made the move to drop struggling veteran Michael Klinger for that last game and it paid off as they hit 181 which is their highest total of the tournament so far, and he will likely miss out again here even if he returns for the final home match next weekend against the Stars in what could be a farewell appearance.

  • After making an unbeaten 15 from 11 balls, talented young batsman Nick Hobson should retain his place and they may decide to give another youngster an opportunity to gain some experience as they consider their approach for season’s Big Bash.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • The Renegades are coming off a 12-run win over Sydney Thunder and with the race for the top four places so tight at the moment, they know they have to win here to maintain their spot in the play-off places.

  • The biggest positive from the win over the Thunder was the return to form of veteran Cam White who had been struggling prior to his 40 from 29 balls, and they will hope he and Finch can reproduce their form from that game and kick on further.

  • Joe Mennie returns to the squad at the expense of Jon Holland but the likelihood is that they name an unchanged line-up for this crunch match although they will still be wanting more from all-rounders Nabi and Christian who are not contributing enough right now.

THE PREDICTION

The Scorchers’ season is petering to something of a miserable end which is not a situation they are accustomed to in the Big Bash. They have virtually no chance now and all the talk coming out of Perth suggests they are resigned to that fact after the loss to Sydney Thunder last time out. The Renegades on the other hand are desperate for a win to stay in the hunt for a knockout spot and they have form on their side too. With Finch and White finding some form now, they should have too much firepower for the Scorchers to live with here.

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