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The upcoming Big Bash League match will see teams that are on opposite ends of the BBL League standings at the moment. The Melbourne Renegades won their opening two matches but have since lost their next three. They are third from the bottom right now and their prospects don’t see too bright. They are also going to be playing against the Hobart Hurricanes in this match, a side which has won all five of its matches so far.
The Hobart Hurricanes lost in the final of the BBL previous season and look certain to be a part of the playoffs this season as well. A few players who were expected to leave the side for the Australian national team have also unexpectedly been made available.
It is not clear whether Aaron Finch will be made available to the Melbourne Renegades for this match against the Hobart Hurricanes. Finch is not a part of the playing 11 in Sydney and could be very useful for the Renegades at the top of the order.
The Melbourne Renegades have been struggling with their batting in the tournament so far. Harvey and Harper have batted in the top-3 in all matches but have not been able to make any notable contributions.
Their inability to score runs and early loss of wickets puts pressure on the batsmen that follow. It also does not help that Cameron White and Tom Cooper have been unable to get into top-gear either.
The constant shifting of batsmen from their usual positions has just added to the problems. This is not the kind of batting form the Melbourne Renegades want to be in while taking on the best batting side of the BBL.
On paper, the Melbourne Renegades have a good batting lineup. Dan Christian and Jake Wildermuth are dangerous players to have coming in at number 7 and 8. Unless the start of the batting inning can be a bit more consistent, though, the lower order is not going to be able to do much.
The Melbourne Renegades bowling has also suffered in the last few matches. Kane Richardson has been very expensive this season of the BBL, Usman Shinwari has failed to find his line and length, and Jake Wildermuth has not been good either.
This leaves a lot of work for Boyce, Nabi, and Christian. They not only have to pick wickets but have to stop the run scoring as well.
The Melbourne Renegades have the players to win but need one or two of their big name batters to start performing.
Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, TLW Cooper, BJ Webster, Mohammad Nabi, DT Christian, JD Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, KW Richardson, Usman Khan.
Five matches, five wins. The Hobart Hurricanes could not have dreamt of having a better start to this edition of the BBL. Their run of wins has been highlighted by some excellent batting from their top-order.
Darcy Short has 257 runs in five innings and has been absolutely brilliant. He was one of the players that were supposed to leave the Hurricanes for Australian national duty. Now that he has been dropped, the Hobart Hurricanes have an excellent chance of maintaining their winning run.
There are some other very good players around Darcy Short as well. Matthew Wade, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, and Simon Milenko form the strongest batting lineup in the BBL.
McDermott has been out of form so far but his ability to change things around makes him a very dangerous player. He is another player dropped from the Australian national side and has plenty to prove.
The Hobart Hurricanes will end up losing Meredith from their bowling attack to Australian national duty but that is a loss they can cover. They still have Archer, Faulkner, Rose, and Botha to form an excellent bowling attack.
The Hobart Hurricanes have looked the best side in the BBL by far. They go into this match against the Melbourne Renegades with everything on their side.
Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, GJ Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Chioke Archer, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith.
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The BBL 08 match between the Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes will be played at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. The weather is expected to be good for cricket on match day.
The pitch at the Docklands Stadium has not been very good this season. It has been slow, a little difficult to score on, and has offered a lot of help the spinners. A score of around 140 may prove to be difficult to chase down.
It is difficult to look past the Hobart Hurricanes in the kind of form they have been in. They have an excellent batting lineup and a very good bowling attack. They have also won four out of the last five matches played against the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.
Back the Hobart Hurricanes to win.
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