About the Match
Hobart Hurricanes will host Melbourne Renegades at Hobart in the 3rd Match of the BBL T20 series on 21st December at Hobart. This is the first game of the season for both teams and they would try to put their best foot forward to start their campaign on a winning note. Last year, these two teams hadn’t fared well during the league, getting knocked-out before the semi-finals; they have strong resources to put up a better show this season, and we are sure to see some fireworks across the park on Thursday.
George Bailey will lead the side that consists of batsmen like James Bazley, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Beau Webster, all-rounders Daniel Christian, Sam Rainbird, Hamish Kingston and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine. They also have players like Simon Milenko, Thomas Rogers and Clive Rose, who can keep the scoreboard ticking under crunch situations.
Speedsters Tom Curran, Tymal Mills and Jake Reed can help with quick breakthroughs while spinners Cameron Boyce and Clive Rose could stifle the opponents with their clever tactics. All-rounders Sam Rainbird and Simon Milenko bring variety to the attack, and could contribute with their fast-bowling skills. They have good match-winners who can support Bailey in executing the strategy to perfection here.
The Hurricanes could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with, especially on their home turf; with Bailey, Christian, Boyce and Paine in the squad, they could use their experience to dominate the visitors.
Aaron Finch is a hard-hitting batsman and he could lead the side from the front, helping his side set up a challenging total or chasing one with ease. Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Tom Beaton, Matthew Short and Tom Cooper will add depth to the batting line-up and all-rounders like Thisara Perera, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, who has recently done well with the bat too, could stabilize the innings here.
Brad Hogg and Sunil Narine are the spin specialists in the team, and they could help stifle the Hurricanes batsmen. Spinner Xavier Doherty, pacers James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Peter Siddle and Chris Tremain could provide the breakthroughs at regular intervals. They have a balanced bowling unit with pacers and spinners, and they could put up a stiff challenge to Hurricanes here.
The batting line-up is quite deep, and they could come out all guns blazing against Hurricanes. Overall, the Renegades have a strong mix of experience and young talent, which could give them the edge to make a positive start with a win on Thursday.
Hurricanes are playing in their own backyard and will have the support of their fans in full strength; the Renegades have several star players including international names that make them a strong squad too. It could be a close finish between these two teams on Thursday, but we feel that Melbourne Renegades with plenty of heavy weights on their side, are better placed to emerge victorious here