After two close games that went down the wire, action in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 has picked up pace. Match #15 of the season will see defending Champions Melbourne Renegades host Adelaide Strikers. This match will be played at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The Renegades are yet to win a point, having lost their first three matches. The Strikers have five points from three matches, with two wins and one ‘no result’. Both teams would be gunning for a win, albeit for contrasting reasons.
Melbourne Renegades Preview
The Champions have been poor in all their three games so far, going on to lose each of those. Shaun Marsh with 134 runs and captain Aaron Finch with 107 have been their key players. A place in your fantasy side should be a reward for these two Gades.
The Renegades’ bowlers have struggled this season and that has been their main problem. Harry Gurney hasn’t yet clicked and all eyes will be on the English import to deliver. If the hosts can get their main man Kane Richardson to fire consistently, the Renegades will have some chance.
Adelaide Strikers Preview
The Strikers have the best batting unit of the tournament. The troika of Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells have aggregated 140+ runs already. These three are definite picks for your fantasy side.
Among the bowlers, the frugal Peter Siddle remains an excellent choice. He will get a lot of support from Rashid Khan. The Afghan leg-spinner hasn’t really clicked yet, but remains a very good fantasy choice. The worry around the Strikers’ camp is that their bowlers do not really command a fantasy spot.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shaun Marsh has 134 runs this season, with a 50+ score. More importantly, the southpaw has hit 11×4 and 6×6 this season.
Alex Carey has been a calm influence for the Strikers. His ‘keeping points adds to the runs and will be a very good all-round option for your side.
Peter Siddle has shown that he is very frugal at this level for the Strikers. He adds a lot of value with his dot balls, not to speak of the wickets.
Melbourne Renegades: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 Sam Harper (WK) 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Marcus Harris 5 Beau Webster 6 Dan Christian 7 Tom Cooper 8 Harry Gurney 9 Kane Richardson 10 RIchard Gleeson 11 Cameron Boyce
Adelaide Strikers: 1 Jake Weatherald 2 Phil Salt 3 Alex Carey (C & WK) 4 Jon Wells 5 Harry Nielsen 6 Cameron White 7 Rashid Khan 8 Wes Agar 9 Cameron Valente 10 Peter Siddle 11 Billy Stanlake
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