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Match Preview: Strikers v Renegades

15 January 2017

The equation is simple: the Strikers must win their last two games and hope other results go their way if they want to feature in the BBL|06 finals series.

Unfortunately for the Strikers, key paceman Kane Richardson has failed to pass a fitness test after struggling with a lower back injury, and has subsequently been ruled out of the remainder of BBL|06. 

With the Renegades in a similarly desperate situation late in the tournament, expect this to be a fierce contest.

LAST TIME

Renegades v Strikers Match Highlights
 

Tim Ludeman, Jono Dean and Travis Head were the standout performers for the Strikers the last time these two teams met at Etihad Stadium in BBL|05.

Batting first, the Strikers made 170 from their 20 overs, thanks to an 85-run opening partnership between Ludeman (49) and Dean (48).

Chris Gayle was at his devastating best at the start of the second innings, but Travis Head’s crafty off-spin eventually dismissed the danger man on his way to a man-of-the-match performance with figures of 3-16.

The Strikers eventually dismissed the Renegades for 143 in the 16th over to record a 27-run victory, with Neser (2-15) and Holland (2-24) chipping in with some handy wickets. 

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

 

Ish Sodhi

Our newest international import could do no wrong in the field in his first game for the Strikers.

Defending a modest total of 152, it was Sodhi’s leg-spin that kept the Strikers in the hunt against the Stars. He took 2-25 from his four overs and was the mastermind behind the Kevin Pietersen run out, which completely changed the momentum of the game.

Expect another good performance from the Kiwi international in front of another packed Adelaide Oval.

 

DANGER MAN

 

Aaron Finch

The Renegades captain has been in good touch so far in BBL|06 despite his team's struggles, averaging an impressive 44 at a strike rate of 153 to sit third on the leading run-scorers table. 

Having been dropped from the Australian ODI side and stung by a shock loss to the Hobart Hurricanes in their last match, expect Finch to be looking to make a point on Monday when he takes to the crease.

His wicket will be a crucial one for the Strikers attack to claim early in order to limit his influence at the top of the order. 

 

STRIKERS 13-PLAYER SQUAD

1. Brad Hodge (c)

2. Wes Agar

3. Jono Dean

4. Ben Dunk

5. Ben Laughlin

6. Jake Lehmann

7. Tim Ludeman

8. Michael Neser

9. Liam O'Connor

10. Kieron Pollard

11. Kelvin Smith

12. Ish Sodhi

13. Jake Weatherald

 

 

RENEGADES 13-PLAYER SQUAD

1. Aaron Finch (c)

2. Tom Cooper

3. Callum Ferguson

4. Marcus Harris

5. Brad Hogg

6. Sunil Narine

7. Peter Nevill

8. James Pattinson

9. Nathan Rimmington

10. Thisara Perera

11. Matt Short

12. Chris Tremain

13. Cameron White

 

 

 

 

 

 

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