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With just four more matches to go in the Big Bash League 2021 season, the points table looks pretty settled. As many as four teams have already ensured a playoff spot for themselves and now the battle remains between the two sides - Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars, to occupy the fifth spot. Melbourne Stars no longer have their fate in their own hands and depend upon the result of the upcoming Hurricanes' match.
Hobart Hurricanes are set to meet Melbourne Renegades in the next match of the tournament. The match is to be played at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne on 18th January 2022. Since this match is basically going to govern the fifth occupant in the playoffs, Hobart Hurricanes are expected to put in their everything. Renegades, on the other hand, would want to avoid finishing at the bottom and are expected to come out all guns blazing. Given the stakes involved, it is a high-pressure match and a cracking contest is certainly on the cards here.
Hobart Hurricanes didn't get off to the kind of start they would have wanted, but quickly bounced back to the winning ways and consequently into the contention. With Adelaide Strikers already done with their quota, the best Hurricanes can do is get to the fourth spot, but that is not going to make any difference whatsoever.
A win here in this upcoming match will certainly take them to the fifth spot, at best to fourth, and that is exactly what they will be looking to do in this upcoming match. As it currently stands though, Hobart Hurricanes are placed at the fifth spot on the ladder, having a total of 24 points and a net run rate of 0.045. They have had a mixed tournament thus far - winning six and losing six out of a total of 12 matches played.
Hurricanes are coming off a decent run in their last three matches, registering two wins in those. Their most recent win - over Sydney Thunder, would have brimmed that with confidence given that Sydney Thunder have been one of the better sides in the tournament thus far. Batting first, the Hurricanes got going well with Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott getting them off to a reasonably good start. Thanks to a fifty from Jewell and a splendid knock of 83 from Matthew Wade, the Hurricanes eventually finished with a total of 177, which proved to be too heavy to take on for Thunder.
Riley Meredith, in particular, was spectacular with the ball as he picked up three important wickets without giving much away. Jordan Thompson and Sandeep Lamichhan contributed brillianty in the middle overs, picking up 5 wickets between them at the expense of 50 runs in seven overs.
On paper, Hobart Hurricanes are looking a terrific side, especially with Caleb Jewell doing well at the top. With the likes of D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Tim David, and Peter Handscomb available in the middle-order, the Hurricanes have frightening depth. The presence of versatile all-rounders also allows them to have variety in the bowling lineup and we saw them use that perfectly in the last match as they used seven bowlers in total.
All in all, Hurricanes have only improved as the tournament has progressed and much of that can be attributed to the way their top-order has played. It would be important for one of Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, Caleb Jewell, or D'Arcy Short to get a big one in this upcoming match and if that happens, the Renegades will certainly have their work cut out.
Ben McDermott, Josh Kann, Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Tim David, Caleb Jewell, Peter Handscomb, Jordan Thompson, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Melbourne Renegades are having torrid times in the tournament right from the last season and although it looked like that they would manage to do a tad better this year, they just ended up losing the plot. A win here will, at best, get Melbourne Renegades off the bottom of the points table, but even that could be a big deal for them, especially considering the way they have performed in the competition so far.
As it currently stands, Melbourne Renegades are placed at the bottom of the points table with just three wins from 12 matches. They have a total of 15 points to their name coupled with a poor net run rate of -1.720, which anyway is no longer going to be of any significance. However, their net run rate does indicate how poor they have been in the competition thus far.
Even though Melbourne Renegades have had a couple of favorable results recently, both those wins came against the sides depleted by Covid-19 as Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat both played without their regular players in their respective matches against the Renegades. More recently though, Melbourne Renegades are coming off three back to back losses and are likely to be running low on morale.
They were defeated comprehensively by Melbourne Stars in their most recent match, which was played just a couple of days ago. As had been the case for Renegades up until that match, they were terrible against Stars as they managed to put a total of just 122 runs on the board. So poor was their batting that the Stars cruised past the total set by them with 33 balls to spare and six wickets in hand.
It's not that Renegades do not have a decent side at their disposal. With the likes of Aaron Finch, Nic Maddinson, Kane Richardson, and Mohammad Nabi, the Renegades always had a decent side on paper. However, their execution was so off that they ended up on the losing side more often than not. It is going to be a difficult assignment up next when they take on Hurricanes and will need to be at their absolute best. They are a capable unit and if they are able to hit their peak potential, they can well and truly surprise Hobart Hurricanes.
Aaron Finch, James Seymour, Shaun Marsh, Unmukt Chand, Jonathan Merlo, Sam Harper, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Josh Lalor, Zahir Khan.
This is one of the many venues in Australia where setting a total first up can be a very difficult task. Also, the fact that batting gets easier with every passing over makes it further more difficult for the team batting first. Both captains will be wary of those factors and the captain winning the toss is expected to field first.
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The Docklands Stadium at Melbourne is no longer as batting friendly as it was at the beginning of the tournament. Having said that, batsmen once set can take advantage of the short side boundaries to their advantage. Also, the ball should come onto the bat nicely in the back-end of the second innings. Powerplay will be the best time to score quickly and Max Bryant showed that in the last match. With short side boundaries, we expect seamers to enjoy more success here as compared to the slower bowlers. Considering all those factors, the team batting first would want to put up a total of at least 175 runs. Anything less than 155 will be advantageous for the team batting second.
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This match may not be important from the standings point of view, no team is expected to take it lightly, especially given the other things at stake. While Melbourne Renegades have plenty of experience available in their ranks, they have not been able to utilize that experience well. Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, have done a decent job and have improved as the tournament has progressed. They have the form and momentum with them and that can be a big factor in this format of the game. Considering that and the other factors stated above, Hobart Hurricanes walk in as firm favorites. Bet on Hurricanes to register a win in this upcoming match.
Ben McDermott has been in terrific touch in the recent matches for Hobart Hurricanes and is also the primary reason that the Hurricanes are in pole position to qualify from here. He bats at the top of the order and will have ample time to get set before going for the big ones. Bet on him to be the best batsman of the day for Hobart Hurricanes.
Melbourne Renegades have undoubtedly been dismal in the tournament thus far with batting being their Achilles' Heels. Bowling, on the other hand, has done a reasonable job and Kane Richardson has done well more often than not. Even though he has been expensive at times, he has been amongst the wickets. Given the form he is in and the way their other bowlers have performed, Kane Richardson is the perfect candidate to bet on as the best bowler for the Renegades in the upcoming match.
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