Big Bash League (BBL08) Fantasy Tips: Renegades vs Sixers Preview

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers
Can the Renegades make it a Melbourne Derby in BBL08 final? Or, will the Sixers play spoilsport?

We are into the final two matches of the Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08) tournament. Melbourne Renegades will play host to the Sydney Sixers in the second semi-final on Friday. The winner will earn the right to play Melbourne Stars in the final on Sunday.

The Renegades and Sixers finished with identical records (W8, L6) in the league stage, only separated by run rate. The league form will be put on the back burner, as the two sides look to earn the hosting rights for the final.

Melbourne Renegades Preview

The Renegades have lost their last league match to the Hurricanes, but three wins in four games give them momentum. None of their batsmen showed individual brilliances through the tournament. Simon Harper has shown promise with the bat, while the return of Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris is eagerly anticipated.

However, it is Kane Richardson, who hogs the limelight. The pacer leads the wickets tally for BBL08 and will once again be vital for his side’s chances. The loss of all-rounder Mohammad Nabi for national duty is a setback, though.

Melbourne Renegades Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch 2 Marcus Harris 3 Sam Harper (WK) 4 Cameron White 5 Tom Cooper 6 Jack Wildermuth 7 Daniel Christian 8 Kane Richardson 9 Chris Tremain 10 Cameron Boyce 11 Harry Gurney

Sydney Sixers Preview

The Sixers have won four of their last five matches, but the heavy loss to Melbourne Stars in the last group game is a concern. That result robbed them of a home semi-final and a loss of confidence as well.

However, their bowling is one of the best in BBL08. Sean Abbott, Tom Curran and Steve O’Keefe feature in the top-five bowlers list of the season. Daniel Hughes’ batting is a positive, but the return of Curran to England set-up is a blow.

Sydney Sixers Predicted XI: 1 Daniel Hughes 2 Josh Philippe (WK) 3 James Vince 4 Moises Henriques 5 Jordan Silk 6 Justin Avendano 7 Sean Abbott 8 Steve O’Keefe 9 Ben Dwarshuis 10 Nathan Lyon 11 Ben Manenti

Fantasy Players to Watch

Kane Richardson has 24 wickets to his name this season. His consistency is crucial and should earn a place in your fantasy side.

Sean Abbott has 21 BBL08 wickets and only just behind Richardson in the wickets tally. His ability to take wickets in all conditions makes him an ideal fantasy pick.

Simon Harper has 299 runs in BBL08 at a fairly impressive SR of 135.90. His runs will be vital for the Renegades and your fantasy XI.

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