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Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades preview: Renegades eye three in a row

Melbourne Renegades will be keen to build on their impressive victory against Hobart Hurricanes when they take on Adelaide Strikers in their latest Big Bash clash.

Sam Harper was the hero, scoring a career-best 89 as the Renegades claimed a six-wicket victory over the Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium.

The Victorian hit four fours and seven sixes from 48 deliveries as the Renegades reached their target of 163 with 11 balls to spare.

Harper is 9/2 to be the Top Team Batter against Adelaide as the Renegades chase their sixth victory of the season.

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When19:10, Tuesday 10th January
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Fox Cricket
OddsAdelaide Strikers 8/11, Melbourne Renegades 11/10

Renegades return to form

Adelaide Strikers have won four and lost four of their eight Big Bash clashes to date while the Renegades have had an inconsistent campaign, winning their first three matches, then losing the next four, before beating Melbourne Stars and then Hobart.

Aaron Finch, 10/3 to be Top Team Batsman, has been in great form for the Renegades while with the ball Tom Rogers is still basking in the glory of taking an incredible 5-16 against Melbourne Stars.

Melbourne Renegades will be without Shaun Marsh who faces a spell on the sidelines with a low-grade hamstring strain. He was not included in the matchday squad for their victory against the Hurricanes and, although the Australia international is expected to feature at some point in the remainder of the competition's group stages, he will not feature against Adelaide.

Captain Nic Maddinson is out for the rest of the campaign with a ruptured ACL, while overseas spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Akeal Hosein played their final game of the season against the Hurricanes as they are relocating to the ILT20.

The Renegades have signed Matt Critchley and Ruwantha Kellapotha as international replacement players and they have both been named in the squad for the first time this season.

English leg-spinning all-rounder Critchley joins the Renegades after a successful Vitality Blast competition for Essex. The 26-year-old scored 248 runs at a strike rate of 139.33 and took 15 wickets in 10 matches.

Critchley also represented the Welsh Fire in The Hundred and was named in the England Lions One-Day squad earlier this month to tour Sri Lanka in February.

Scintillating Strikers make history

Adelaide Strikers won their last match - against Hobart - thanks to an unbeaten hundred from Matt Short, 10/3 to be his Team’s Top Batsman against the Renegades.

The Strikers successfully completed the highest run-chase in Big Bash history after Hobart had posted their biggest total in 12 years of the competition - 229-4.

Short hit eight fours and three sixes in his 59-ball knock, his first T20 century.

Short and Chris Lynn shared a 124-run stand in 9.4 overs for the second wicket, as the Strikers came out on top after an amazing match as Adelaide ended their four-match losing run in style.

Adelaide have made one enforced change to their squad for the match against the Renegades, with opener Henry Hunt returning in place of Rashid Khan, who has travelled to South Africa for SA20.

It has been decided to leave Travis Head and Alex Carey out of the squad for the game to give them a break in a busy summer although they are set to feature in Saturday’s home match against the Brisbane Heat.

This season there have been first-innings scores of 229, 186, 184 and 150 on this pitch so odds of 5/6 on a 1st Innings Score of over 163.5 runs appear tempting.

Lynn has scored 324 runs in the tournament to date and is 3/1 to be his Team’s Top Batter in the match while Henry Thornton picked up eight wickets in his first three BBL games at home this season and is 9/4 to be his Team’s Top Bowler.

Last season both teams recorded a victory over the other but overall Adelaide have triumphed in 10 of their 16 matches against the Renegades, who have lost five of the last seven games between the two sides.

Adelaide can be backed at 8/11 to win Tuesday’s encounter while the Renegades are available at 11/10 to come out on top.

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