BBL 2018-19 Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades 43rd Match Prediction. Bottom-team Perth Scorchers welcome Melbourne Renegades to the Optus Stadium, Perth, in the 2018/19 Big Bash League. The match is scheduled for January 28 and the live action begins at 18:15 local time.
- Despite the return of their Australian internationals – and Shaun Marsh’s unbeaten 96 – Perth Scorchers lost for the seventh time in ten games as they failed to defend 181/4 in their most recent match, against Sydney Thunder.
- Melbourne Renegades, on the other hand, beat Sydney Thunder in their last game and have won six of their 11 matches they have played so far to remain on track for a semi-final spot.
- Dropped from the Australian test squad, Perth have Shaun and Mitchell Marsh available, while the Renegades can count on Aaron Finch.
Our Pick: Melbourne Renegades
ABOUT THE MATCH
Perth Scorchers faced yet another heart-breaking loss in the ongoing Big Bash League to take their loss tally to seven in ten matches. They’re currently placed right at the bottom of the table with just three wins. Up against them in the next game are Melbourne Renegades who are sitting pretty at the third spot. The match is set to be played at WACA Cricket Ground on 28th January. Melbourne Renegades are just a couple of steps away from a semifinal berth which they’d like to ascertain as quickly as possible. The two teams collided almost a month ago where Renegades triumphed over Scorchers by four wickets in a rain-curtailed encounter. However, Monday is forecasted to be bright and sunny at Perth and we expect a lot closer contest as compared to the one happened earlier.
PRS vs MLR, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Bat Flip Prediction
Perth were asked to bat first last time out but with runs aplenty at the Optus Stadium, they will want to win the bat flip and should back themselves to chase.
Perth Scorchers Team News & Playing 11
PRS Team News
Mitchell Marsh captained the team on his return last time out, while Shaun Marsh opened the batting and blasted an unbeaten 96. Jason Behrendorff returned to take a spot in the bowling attack, meanwhile, as Michael Klinger, Sam Whiteman and Will Bosisto all dropped out, while Aaron Hardie was replaced by Nick Hobson. David Willey has had to return home with a shoulder injury and Ashton Agar has a dislocated finger, however, while Jhye Richardson was a late addition to the Australian test squad.
PRS Key Players
Shaun Marsh showed exactly what Perth have been missing while he has been away with Australia. He hammered an unbeaten 96 from 55 balls, including five fours and five sixes. He had been in good form in the recent Australia vs India ODI series too, scoring 54, 131 and 39 from his three innings and was unlucky to be dropped from the test squad.
Brother Mitchell was in less impressive form, but shared a 58-run partnership with Shaun last time out on his way to a useful 31. The Scorchers will now hope Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner recapture their form around them to form a potentially fearsome top four. Bancroft has 199 runs from seven innings so far in BBL 2018/19, including two half-centuries, while Turner has hit 306 from ten innings.With the ball, Jason Behrendorff marked his return with his ninth wicket of the tournament, taking him level with team-mate Nathan Coulter-Nile, while Andrew Tye has rediscovered his wicket-taking form – his recent form includes 4-18 against the Melbourne Stars and nine wickets in his last four matches.
PRS Team Form
After two consecutive wins to get their campaign back on track, the Perth Scorchers have now lost two in a row since and remain bottom of the points table. They had previously lost three in a row too, before Andrew Tye’s 4-18 and Cameron Bancroft’s 59 helped them beat Melbourne Stars, chasing 147 to win with 2.2 overs remaining.
They followed that up with a brilliant reply to 177/5 against Sydney Sixers – Bancroft hitting an unbeaten 87 from 61 balls to power the chase as the Scorchers eased to a seven-wicket win.
The in-form Hobart Hurricanes beat them in a last-over thriller to end their resurgent form, however – despite Sam Whiteman having hit 68 to lift the Scorchers to 177/9. Needing 16 off the final over, Hobart took just three balls to reach their target and earn a four-wicket win.
And defeat to Sydney Thunder last time out- again in the last over – made it back-to-back defeats again for the Scorchers. Shaun Marsh’s unbeaten 96 from 55 balls lifted them to 181/4but Callum Ferguson hammered an unbeaten century in reply and the Thunder won by six wickets with four balls to spare.
Perth Scorchers Predicted Playing 11
- Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Hobson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matt Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadir
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Aaron Finch’s absence from the Australian test squad means he has returned to captain the Melbourne Renegades. Marcus Harris is in the test squad, however, and was replaced at the top of the order by Cameron Boyce last time out – Matthew Harvey coming into the team but slotting in down the order. Chris Tremain also made his first Big Bash appearance of the season, having previously been with the Cricket Australia XI against Sri Lanka.
MLR Key Players
Aaron Finch hammered his 53rd T20 half-century (he has six hundreds too) in the win against Sydney Thunder last time out – he has 110 runs from his three Big Bash innings so far and he has plenty to prove after this test omission.
It was only the second half-century by a Gades batsman this season – Sam Harper scoring the other, against Brisbane Heat, on his way to 232 runs from 11 innings so far.
Finch was backed by Cameron White last time out, meanwhile – the big-hitting veteran scored 40 off 29 balls to register his highest score of this year’s Big Bash League.
Kane Richardson claimed two more wickets with the ball, meanwhile, to follow his 2-17 against the Melbourne Stars. Richardson has 18 wickets so far – more than any other bowler – and has taken ten in his last four games.
Harry Gurney got the man of the match award, meanwhile, for his 2-27 from four overs and he has five wickets in his four Big Bash appearances so far.
MLR Team Form
Melbourne Renegades have been inconsistent but they have still taken four wins from their last six matches. That includes Aaron Finch scoring 42 in a six-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes to kick-start this run of form. Next up, they needed just 15.4 overs to beat Brisbane Heat by eight wickets – Sam Harper scoring a half-century as they chased 145 to win – but they were then bowled out for 91 by the Heat in the next match in a 101-run defeat.
Victory against Sydney Sixers followed – Mohammad Nabi taking 4-25 as the Sixers were restricted to 115/9 before the Renegades claimed a seven-wicket win – but they then lost the Victoria Derby after being bowled out for just 121 by Melbourne Stars; losing by six wickets with four balls to spare.
Again they bounced back, however, as Aaron Finch scored 54 in a total of 152/9 against Sydney Thunder and Kane Richardson and Harry Gurney both took two wickets in reply as the Thunder could only reach 140/5.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
- Cameron Boyce, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Cameron White, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Matthew Harvey, Chris Tremain, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
PRS : L L W W L
MLR : W L W L W
PRS vs MLR Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades beat Perth Scorchers for the first time just before Christmas, having lost all eight of their previous matches against each other.
Kane Richardson (3-23), Dan Christian (3-22), Jack Wildermuth (2-13) and Usman Shinwari (2-17) shared the wickets as the Renegades bowled Perth out for just 103 from 19 overs. They found themselves 17/4 in the fourth over of their reply but recovered to win by four wickets with 28 balls to spare.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds
Despite their poor form, Perth Scorchers – with their Australia internationals back – are actually favourites to win with the bookmakers. They are as high as 1.80 to win with Betfair, meaning a generous best price of 2.10 on the Renegades to beat the Scorchers for the second time this season.
The Scorchers might have their batting stars back, but Melbourne Renegades do too, in the form of Aaron Finch, and he is 3.30 with Betfair to be their top batsman.And the Renegades also boast the highest wicket-taker in this year’s tournament so far – Kane Richardson is 3.20 to be their top bowler with Betfair.
For Perth, Shaun Marsh’s return is a huge boost though. He scored 96* last time out and is 3.40 with Bet365 to be their top batsman.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Perth Scorchers could not take advantage of their star players returning last time out and, with Melbourne Renegades enjoying a much better season, the Gades can claim a second win against the Scorchers.