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Bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades takes on fifth-placed Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Melbourne lost to Perth Scorchers by 96 runs in their last game. 

Adelaide was defeated by Sydney Sixers by 7 wickets.

Team News

Chasing a tough target of 186, Melbourne folded up for just 89. It was a dismal batting performance. 

Put in to bat first, Adelaide managed to score 150 riding on Jonathan Wells's knock of 66. Only Rashid Khan troubled the batsmen taking three wickets as Sydney chased down the target in 18 overs.

Pitch and Conditions 

Out of the two matches played in Adelaide so far, the victories have been equally split between the sides batting first and chasing.  170 runs will be a par score on this surface. No rain is expected to disrupt the match.

Probable Playing XI:

Melbourne Renegades (MLR): Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Rilee Rossouw, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Josh Lalor, Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmad

Adelaide Strikers (ADS): Philip Salt, Matt Renshaw, Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (c & wk), Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle

Key Battles:

Sam Harper vs Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan
Harper vs Rashid 

Harper scored only 4 runs in the previous match. He opened the innings for the first time this season. He is an explosive batsman blessed with good reflexes and excellent stroke-making skills in different conditions. 

The ICC T20 player of the decade, Rashid scalped three wickets in the last game. He is a tough nut to crack when he is at his best. His deceptive googlies and nagging stump to stump line can outfox any batsman. He possesses a lot of variations up his sleeve and does not give away many runs.

Jack Prestwidge vs Jonathan Wells

Wells
Prestwidge vs Wells

Wells smashed 66 runs in the last match. His solid technique stood out as he kept the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike frequently. He has the right temperament as he can pace an innings very well based on the match situation.

Prestwidge took two wickets in the previous game. He has express pace and can hit up to 150 kmph regularly. He is a typical hit the deck bowler who is strongly capable to make the necessary breakthroughs.

Prediction

Both teams will be itching to get back to winning ways having lost their last encounters. A win for Adelaide could see them move to the fourth spot. Melbourne badly needs a victory to remove themselves from the last position in the points table.

Cricwizz predicts Melbourne Stars to win the match