Bottom placed teams Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades will be meeting in Match No. 25 of the Big Bash League at the Optus Stadium, Perth on Sunday (January 3).
Both the sides have won just one match each this season so far.
Renegades had to face their fifth consecutive defeat on Friday when rain seized their chance to overcome table-toppers Sydney Thunder.
Scorchers registered a comfortable seven-wicket victory when they overpowered Adelaide Strikers in their last contest.
This time, both the teams will be eyeing their second win of the tournament with some individual brilliance in their sides.
Lack of teamwork
The biggest concern with Scorchers was their opening batsman Josh Inglis, who did not support the fellow opener in any of the three innings he played as an opener this season.
However, in the last game, Scorchers worked on their batting order as opener Jayson Roy struck 49 runs, while Inglis looked comfortable at number four. He also scored 44 runs off 31 balls to support their side in middle overs and helped them register their first win.
The victory has put them at sixth place with 6 points in the table. Ashton Turner also maintained the grip to support their middle-order on many occasions. Their main concern is inconsistency in batting.
On the other hand, Renegades had started their campaign with a seven-wicket win over Scorchers in their very first match of the League. With that only win, they are languishing at the bottom of the table with four points.
The visitors have largely relied on their individual talent so far this season as they could not put together solid team performances.
The highest run-scorer of the last match between Renegades and Thunder, Shaun Marsh has added power in former’s batting side by scoring a couple of 60-plus and an 87-run knock in previous games. The inconsistent performers in the middle-order have contributed to their losses.
Skipper Aaron Finch has also not been at his best in the ongoing season.
Needless to say, Scorchers have shown a solid show with bat and ball in the last encounter. Their bowlers, who were failed to produce wickets in the Powerplay and in death overs, displayed their outstanding skills throughout the match against Strikers.
Renegades need to focus on their bowling part that could not trouble batsmen in the Powerplay in the last two innings against Thunder. However, Kane Richardson has picked up nine wickets for his side in the five innings but he could not impress with his bowling skills in the last match.
Perth Scorchers: Josh Inglis, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner (C), Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Hardie, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Fawad Ahmed
Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, Aaron Finch (C), Imad Wasim, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster, Kane Richardson, Jack Prestwidge, Peter Hatzoglou