Things don’t get any easier for the Melbourne Stars as they search for their first win against in-form rivals the Renegades at Docklands Stadium on Friday night.
After a couple of tight losses to start the season, the Stars experienced their third consecutive trouncing to go 0-5, this time crushed by the Adelaide Strikers to the tune of eight wickets. Although Marcus Stoinis (39 off 29 balls) showed some promising signs after being elevated to open, the remainder of the Stars top order faltered once again and it took another rescue effort from controversial all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (60 off 39 balls) just to get them to an underwhelming 6/151. In the field their bowlers lacked menace and penetration as Adelaide cruised home with eight balls remaining, with paceman Scott Boland continuing his forgettable campaign with 0/26 off two overs.
Although they sit firmly in the top four the Renegades are also coming off a loss, beaten by bogey side the Perth Scorchers despite an unbeaten 68 off 55 balls from Cameron White lifting them to an imposing 3/185. On this occasion, the Renegades bowlers were unexpectedly profligate as the Scorchers snuck home in the last over with star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo experiencing a difficult night, taken for 43 off his full allotment. With the Stars in a rot and weakened further by international call-ups, the price on the home side looks a bit rude so I’ll be backing the Renegades to inflict more derby pain.
- The Renegades have won six of their past eight matches.
- The Stars have now lost their past eight matches.
- The Stars have also lost five of their past seven matches away from home.
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