We are in the Grand Final of the Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08) tournament. Melbourne Renegades will play host to the Melbourne Stars on Sunday as the teams search for their first BBL title. The Melbourne Derby rematch is sure to light up the city and the entire world.
The Stars have a 11-4 record against the Renegades, both home and away. In BBL08, the teams have met twice and the Stars won both the matches. Marcus Stoinis was the player of the match on both the occasions and will once again be the key to this match result.
Melbourne Renegades Preview
The Renegades overcame the Sydney Sixers by three wickets in the semi-final. A late batting flourish from Dan Christian was the difference between the sides. Sam Harper has been in excellent hitting form, while Aaron Finch has excellent Big Bash pedigree.
Kane Richardson and Cameron Boyce have been in exceptional bowling form for the Renegades, which is good news for the home fans. With the crowd proving to be their 12th man, expect the Renegades to put in another spirited performance.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch 2 Marcus Harris 3 Sam Harper (WK) 4 Cameron White 5 Tom Cooper 6 Mackenzie Harvey 7 Daniel Christian 8 Kane Richardson 9 Chris Tremain 10 Cameron Boyce 11 Harry Gurney
Melbourne Stars Preview
The Stars stunned the Hobart Hurricanes, extending the curse of League toppers in BBL finals. Daniel Worrall packed the Hurricanes with a spell of 4/23, while Glenn Maxwell led with the bat. A calm unbeaten 43 from the Stars’ captain took them over the line.
Marcus Stoinis had 494 runs & 14 wickets in BBL08 and has been the star of the Stars’ season. With Maxwell returning to form at the right time and Sandeep Lamichhane (11 wickets, ER 6.97) re-joining the squad, the Stars have the right squad to challenge the Renegades.
Melbourne Stars Predicted XI: 1 Marcus Stoinis 2 Ben Dunk 3 Peter Handscomb 4 Nic Maddinson 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Seb Gotch 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Adam Zampa 9 Jackson Bird 10 Dan Worrall 11 Sandeep Lamichhane
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sam Harper is probably one for the future in Australian cricket. His ability to take the game up to the opponent bowlers makes him an ideal fantasy pick.
Marcus Stoinis –how can you not have him in your side! He can bat, he can bowl and he also has two ‘player of the match’ awards in two games against the Renegades.
Glenn Maxwell has added control to his game this season and looks a completely different player. Time to have him in your side!
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