Recent Match Report – Strikers vs Renegades 36th Match 2022/23

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adelaide strikers 202/4 (Lynn 69*, Kellepotha 2-32) beat Melbourne Renegades 182/6 (Harper 63, Agar 2-26, Short 2-26) by 20 runs

Chris Lynn scored his third straight half-century as Melbourne Renegades dominated the Adelaide Strikers to a 20-run win.

The Strikers claimed early wickets to set up the Renegades chase and move up to third on the BBL ladder with their fifth win of the season.

Chris Lynn’s hot form continues

After a quiet start with his new team, Lynn is on a roll before heading to the new cash-up T20 league in the UAE.

As has been their approach during the bounce-back season, the Strikers made a cautious start after losing openers Matthew Short and Ryan Gibson in the seventh over.

He scored 25 runs in his first 18 balls and then hit a six off seamer Tom Rogers. This woke Lynn, who shared a blistering 78-run partnership with Colin de Grandhomme to take the Strikers past 200 again.

De Grandhomme’s 16-ball 32 was marked by three straight sixes off Kane Richardson, who went uncharacteristically at times and was uncharacteristically expensive, finishing with 1 for 62 in four overs.

Lynn ended the innings brilliantly by attacking Richardson to underline his red-hot form. But a lightning strike amid steamy conditions affected Lynn, who was out of the ground in the Renegades’ innings due to fatigue.

Ruvantha Kelpotha delivers on BBL debut

There was intrigue as to how a new-look Renegades attack would make up for the loss of spin duo Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Aqeel Hossain, who have left for the UAE.

After the Strikers suffered a setback in the powerplay, the pressure mounted on legspinner Matt Critchley and Ruwantha Kelepotha, who were signed as international replacements.

The Englishman Critchley could not do anything by hitting Gibson’s first ball for a six in the middle of the 17-run over. In his BBL debut, Kellepotha did better, hitting a length and reducing the run rate rapidly.

He broke a 63-run opening partnership by getting Gibson caught at backward point, then had the good fortune to dismiss Short with a half-tracker.

Sri Lanka’s figures took a slight beating of Lynn, hitting the last ball of his allotted overs for a six.

But he was still the Renegades’ standout bowler, a surge for the 31-year-old journeyman, who earned a Sheffield Shield call-up for Victoria after strong performances in Melbourne club cricket in the first domestic season.

Kellepotha played 20 first-class games in Sri Lanka between 2011-2013 before his unexpected career revival and after an encouraging start, he appears to be an X-factor for the Renegades.

Strikers overcome Colin de Grandhomme injury

The Strikers had a new look after talisman Rashid Khan left for South Africa’s new T20 league. He did not select leading wicket-taker Henry Thornton, while veteran paceman Peter Siddle was ruled out with a back injury.

They suffered a setback when de Grandhomme could not take the field after injuring his hamstring while batting. The strikers missed his ability to bowl slower deliveries – especially invaluable on the flat Adelaide surface.

But the Strikers’ attack generally bowled with discipline to overcome de Grandhomme’s absence, with former Australia T20 legspinner Cameron Boyce using his experience to start a solid season.

Short and Wes Agar claimed two wickets each to ensure that the Strikers were never a serious threat.

Sam Harper’s Strong Comeback

In a much-needed tonic for the Renegades, wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Harper has regained his belligerent form, conceding just six runs in four innings including three ducks.

He ended his drought with a match-winning 48-ball 89 against the Hurricanes and continued his revival against the Strikers.

While the Renegades’ top-order struggled, Harper looked a square up and made his move in the middle overs. He scored 19 runs in a five-ball purple patch and scored a second straight half-century.

But his dismissal in the 13th over before a late cameo from Will Sutherland seemed to have ended the Renegades’ challenge.

Sutherland could not pull off miracles, but his 14-ball 31 has fueled the belief that he should move up a few places from his current No.7 position.

Tristan Lovelett is a journalist based in Perth

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