Two certain top-four Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08) semi-finalists will clash in match #52 on Thursday. Hobart Hurricanes will play their last regular season home game at Blundstone Arena against the Melbourne Renegades.
They are the team to beat this season, but the Hurricanes (W9, L3) have lost two of their last three matches. They have also lost the reverse fixture to the Renegades earlier this season. The Renegades (W8, L5) are looking to book their home finals and will be completing their league engagements with this match.
Hobart Hurricanes Preview
The Hurricanes seem to have lost the early season momentum. Though they remain the team to beat, getting back to winning ways remains the priority. With their batting still the best in BBL08, the Hurricanes will look to swamp the Renegades.
Even their bowling looks settled, with James Faulkner and Jofra Archer leading the pack. Though Faulkner will miss the clash, the addition of exciting young Afghan spinner Qais Ahmed raises the profile.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted XI: 1 Matthew Wade (WK) 2 D’Arcy Short 3 Caleb Jewell 4 Ben McDermott 5 George Bailey 6 Simon Milenko 7 Clive Rose 8 Jofra Archer 9 Qais Ahmad 10 Riley Meredith 11 David Moody
Melbourne Renegades Preview
The Renegades have picked up form with three consecutive wins. The visitors have, in fact, won six of their last eight. Clearly, the momentum is with the Renegades as they aim for another win.
The presence of Aaron Finch is a great positive, while the return of Marcus Harris is a boost. The firepower in the side is augmented by the consistent Simon Harper. With the ball, Kane Richardson leads the charts.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch 2 Marcus Harris 3 Simon Harper 4 Tom Cooper (WK) 5 Jack Wildermuth 6 Mohammad Nabi 7 Dan Christian 8 Kane Richardson 9 Chris Tremain 10 Harry Gurney 11 Cameron Boyce
Fantasy Players to Watch
Kane Richardson is in the form of his Big Bash career. He already has 22 wickets to his name and looks hungry for more.
Matthew Wade can walk into any side purely on the basis of his batting. He has 487 runs this season and has a SR of 143.23.
D’Arcy Short is showing that he is a Big Bash legend in his own right – 567 runs at a SR of 141.04 to go with six wickets in the season.
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