It is derby time in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018/19 season, as Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will play host to the clash between city rivals Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. The Stars have just one win from their three matches in the season, while the Renegades have two wins from their three. This and the fact that the two sides have contrasting form ahead of this game make this a ‘spectacle in waiting’.
Melbourne Stars Preview
The Stars have picked up a win in their last match against the Sydney Sixers. However, the architect of that win Peter Handscomb will miss this match due to Test duty, which will weaken the side. The return of Seb Gotch from injury is a positive!
With the ball, it is the Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (seven wickets) that is fetching returns. If you have not had him in your fantasy XI, it’s high time you sign him up. Another one to look at is the local leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Melbourne Stars Predicted XI: 1 Ben Dunk 2 Marcus Stoinis 3 Nick Larkin 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Seb Gotch (WK) 6 Evan Gulbis 7 Dwayne Bravo 8 Scott Boland 9 Adam Zampa 10 Jackson Coleman 11 Sandeep Lamichhane
Melbourne Renegades Preview
The Renegades have been struggling for runs as well, depending too much on their all-rounder duo for runs. Mohammad Nabi (91 runs, SR 130) has been impressive so far, and having him in your team would have certainly helped.
What has been a surprise for the Renegades is the bowling performance of Kane Richardson (eight wickets). He has certainly repaid all those who selected him in the fantasy XIs. Same is the case with the Pakistani import Usman Shinwari!
Melbourne Renegades Predicted XI: 1 Mackenzie Harvey 2 Sam Harper (WK) 3 Cameron White 4 Tom Cooper 5 Mohammad Nabi 6 Daniel Christian 7 Jack Wildermuth 8 Cameron Boyce 9 Kane Richardson 10 Usman Khan 11 Jon Holland
Fantasy Players to Watch
Mohammad Nabi has been exceptional for the Renegades this season, with both bat and ball. His all-round skills make him an important asset to your fantasy side.
Sandeep Lamichhane has been a perfect import for the Stars. His ability to keep it tight and still pick up wickets has been exceptional this season. Have him in your fantasy side already!
Marcus Stoinis hasn’t really kicked in this season, but the all-rounder is someone whom you can never discount. Injuries have stopped him from bowling so far, but a move up the order could be on the cards and so he could be a good addition to your fantasy XI.
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