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The Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades have both qualified for the Big Bash League Playoffs. This will be the last match for the Renegades in the BBL 08 group stages while the Hurricanes will still have one more match to play after this one.
The Hobart Hurricanes are two points clear of every other team in the competition and can secure their top-spot with one more victory to their name. Of course, since all four sides that qualify for the knockouts are going to be at the same level moving forward, there is no real advantage to finishing first in the BBL.
This match could be a curtain raiser of the semi-final that we witness since according to current standings, the Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades are slated to play each other in the first BBL 08 Semi-Final.
The first time the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades played against each other, the Melbourne Renegades ended up winning pretty comfortably.
The Hobart Hurricanes return to play their penultimate match of the group stage and their last home game at the Bellerive Oval. This will be the fourth game that the Hobart Hurricanes play at the Bellerive Oval in BBL 08 and all previous three occasions have ended as wins for the home side.
The Hobart Hurricanes are well suited to take advantage of the excellent batting conditions that the Bellerive Oval provides. Matthew Wade and Darcy Short have been unstoppable in this season and it will be interesting to see if Tim Paine gets a look into the side on current form.
It seems like each and every player is pulling his weight so the Aussie test skipper, free from his international commitments may not be able to make it into the side.
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, and even Simon Milenko have done enough to keep their place in the playing eleven. We don’t think there is going to be any change in the batting order unless there is an injury or the Hobart Hurricanes want to give one of their players a rest.
Qais Ahmad has signed up for the Hobart Hurricanes as their second overseas player. Ahmad is another globe-trotting Afghan T20 star. He bowls wrist spin and is handy with the bat. We think he has been included to cover for the possibility of coming upon a spin-friendly wicket. He is likely to get a game against the Renegades and then the best possible eleven will be picked from the next match on.
Jofra Archer, James Faulkner, David Moody, and Clive Rose are expected to be the other players to form the bowling lineup.
The Hobart Hurricanes are an excellent side that has played consistently good cricket up until now. They may have lost two out of their last three matches but they remain favorites for every game that they will play from here on in.
Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, GJ Bailey, Simon Milenko, Jofra Chioke Archer, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, David Moody, Riley Meredith.
The Melbourne Renegades will be happy to welcome back Marcus Harris into their side to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order. It will be the first time in BBL 08 that the Melbourne Renegades will have all of their players available to them.
We really like the look of this Melbourne Renegades side. They have won their previous five matches coming into this match and shown an ability to adapt to different surfaces. With Marcus Harris likely to slot in at the top of the order, we think Beau Webster may miss out playing in his home game.
The Melbourne Renegades have a very decent batting lineup. Finch, Harris, Harvey, Harper, Cooper, Nabi, Christian, and even Boyce are all very handy with the bat. They will be playing at a very good batting strip at the Bellerive Oval and should enjoy it a lot.
If Finch and Harris can get into some run-scoring form ahead of the BBL 08 Semi-Final then the Melbourne Renegades are going to be very difficult to stop. Their middle-order has been bailing them out this entire season and it is time for the top-order batsmen to finally prove their worth.
The Melbourne Renegades also have an excellent bowling attack. Kane Richardson has taken more wickets than any other bowler in this competition. A lot of those wickets have come in the powerplay which makes him the biggest threat to the Hobart Hurricanes in this match.
If Kane Richardson is able to nip out one or even both the openers early then the contest becomes a lot more intriguing. Dan Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Cameron Boyce, Harry Gurney, and Chris Tremain give the Melbourne Renegades a lot of quality options to be able to react to any situation.
Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, TLW Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, DT Christian, Cameron Boyce, KW Richardson, CP Tremain, Harry Gurney.
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The Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades is going to be played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. There is a little bit of rain expected to hit Hobart on match day but hopefully, it should clear up by the time the match gets underway.
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval has been excellent for batting and that is exactly what we expect for this match as well. Both teams have a strong batting lineup and we should see a high-scoring contest.
The Hobart Hurricanes are playing at a venue where they have not been beaten in BBL 08. They have however lost two out of their last three matches and lost against the Melbourne Renegades earlier as well. We think that a bolstered batting unit for the Melbourne Renegades and their in-form bowling unit should be able to get the job done.
Back the Melbourne Renegades to win.
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