The 4th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) season will be played by the Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers. Both teams will get their campaign going and will be keen to win the season’s opening game. This match will be played by Aaron Finch, who was busy playing the limited-overs series against India until December 8 and will look to lead from the front.
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mitchell Marsh was injured playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and has been sidelined since then. For this match, the all-rounder has been included in the 16-man squad and will lead the team. But according to previous sources, he is supposed to concentrate only on batting, not bowling. With the T20 stars featuring in both sides, expect this match to be a close one.
The sky will be clear on Saturday in Hobart. With the temperature hovering about 18-2 degrees Celsius, there is no risk of rain interrupting the process.
A strong one with plenty on offer for both batsmen and bowlers is the pitch at the Bellerive Oval. While there is enough swing and speed available for the pacers, as the game progresses, the spinners should also come into play.
In the hands of the batsmen, who will look to use the powerplay overs, the shorter square boundaries can play in. With the conditions not expected to alter much after winning the toss, both teams will look to chase in this BBL game. At this location, 170 should be a par-score, as the ball is likely to skid on comfortably under the lights.
Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, MacKenzie Harvey, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Benny Howell, Jake Fraser-McGurk/Jon Holland
Mitch Marsh (c), Sam Whiteman (wk), Colin Munro, Cameron Bancroft, Joe Clarke, Ashton Turner, Josh Inglis, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmad, Jhye Richardson
Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers Dream 11:
Benny Howell (c), Sam Harper (wk), Sam Whiteman (wk), Aaron Finch, Rilee Rossouw, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Lalor, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Jason Behrendorff
The Renegades will make their chances of making the playoffs in advance if Aaron Finch finds his form early in the game. Arguably, the Scorchers have one of the most vigorous BBL bowling assaults, and that might give them the edge with some main bowlers missing from the Renegades squad. And the Scorchers are still well-stacked at the top of the order despite missing their two significant hitters.
The strength of the Scorchers in depth means that as slight favourites, they go into the game. Let’s back the Scorchers to win this match with BAJI to win some cash for Christmas!