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The Big Bash League Final 2019 is going to be played between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades. This, of course, means that we are going to have a new champion of the BBL since neither of these two sides has won a Big Bash title before.
The Melbourne Stars will be playing a BBL final for the second time whereas it is going to be the first such occasion for the Melbourne Renegades. Both these two sides have had their ups and down and it would be fair to say that they both have weaknesses to be exploited.
A big occasion match on a dicey batting strip between teams that can be very inconsistent promises a BBL 08 final to remember.
The Melbourne Renegades have been a fascinating team to watch this season. For all the batting talent and depth that they possess, it is this facet of their game that seems to be the most vulnerable. Aaron Finch struggled to get to 44 in the BBL semi-final and got out in an embarrassing fashion. Every time we think he has turned a corner or that the time spent in the middle would do him good, Finch seems to regress.
The ICC World Cup 2019 is just a few months away and Australia must be getting concerned.
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper, Cameron White, and Mackenzie Harvey are the players that batted in the top-6 in the last match. There is also Tom Cooper and Daniel Christian to follow. On paper, this looks like a strong batting lineup but it does not give us much confidence.
Cameron White has not been in the best of form but he is probably the one that could make a big contribution in the BBL final. Marcus Harris also threw away his wicket in the BBL semi-final but has been in decent form.
Sam Harper was the player to give the impetus to the Melbourne Renegades during the previous match but his very high-risk style of playing is not something to bank upon.
Kane Richardson gave away 40 runs in the previous match and would want to make amends. He is the leading wicket-taker of the Big Bash League this season and is going to key to the Renegades chances. The Melbourne Renegades are going to go up against a side that is batting heavy and so the bowlers are not going to have an easy time.
Harry Gurney and Cameron Boyce will also be key on the slower surface that the Docklands has to offer.
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, CL White, Mackenzie Harvey, TLW Cooper, DT Christian, Cameron Boyce, KW Richardson, CP Tremain, Harry Gurney.
The Melbourne Stars disposed of the Hobart Hurricanes with remarkable ease in their previous match. A brilliant bowling performance from Daniel Worrell helped keep the strong Hobart batting in check. His bowling seemed to come at the right time for the Melbourne Stars because they had been struggling in keeping the runs down.
They must hope that one of the bowlers rises to the occasion once again. The way that the Melbourne Stars are currently set-up, the bowling lineup is going to comprise of Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichanne, and Daniel Worrell.
Three all-rounders and three genuine bowlers give some flexibility to the Stars to adapt to the surface but it also makes the bowling a little susceptible. The Melbourne Renegades do not have the most in-form batting lineup but it is pretty deep and filled with proven match winners.
The one area where we believe the Melbourne Stars outshine the Melbourne Renegades is the batting. Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, and Glenn Maxwell are three brilliant batsmen that are in excellent form. All three of them are used to playing under high pressure at the international level and are not going to be overawed by this situation.
Among the three, Stoinis is the one that we are backing to come good in the BBL final.
Marcus Stoinis has been a little quiet for the past few matches and is due to get a big score sooner rather than later.
Ben Dunk is also one of the wildcards in the equation that the Renegades would be worried about. He does not seem to be the player he was a couple of years ago but he very well could turn it on in the BBL Final.
The Melbourne Stars have a stable base in the team which gives them a solidity that the Melbourne Renegades lack.
Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Dwayne Bravo, Sebastian Gotch, JM Bird, Adam Zampa, D Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane.
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The Big Bash League Final 2019 is going to be played between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. This is the home ground for the Melbourne Renegades and playing here definitely gives them an advantage. The Melbourne Stars managed to beat the Melbourne Renegades when they played here earlier this season.
The weather in Melbourne is expected to fair and we should not have a threat of rain. As far as the pitch goes, the surface for the BBL semi-final was better than what we expected and so hopefully another good batting pitch can be served up.
A score of around 165-170 is going to be very competitive in the BBL final.
These are two closely matched sides playing each other. Handling the pressure and making sure you don’t let the occasion get to you is going to be a big part and this is why we are looking at the senior players to stand up and take charge.
This is where the Melbourne Stars seem to be better placed and this is why we think they will win.
Back the Melbourne Stars to win.
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