In the 13th fixture of the Big Bash League, we will Hobart Hurricanes hosting Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena on Saturday. Both teams have different styles of play and they are at a one-point differential in the point table.
Hobart Hurricanes are struggling as they have witnessed two losses at the start of the league and they are currently at the 7th spot in the point table with a net run rate of -1.114.
Melbourne Renegades are at the 5th spot in the point table with a draw and a net run rate of -0.631. The top bookmakers in India have great odds with them.
Both teams have struggled with their top order. Hence they will face difficulties in maintaining a good partnership at the start against the new ball.
The betting tip is...
The first wicket to fall in the 2nd over
Hobart Hurricanes witnessed a loss in their previous fixture against Perth Scorchers at the Optus Stadium. Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision turned out to be a nightmare as their first 5 batsmen were sent back to the pavilion for a score of 47.
It was Nikhil Chaudhary (40 off 31), Mitchell Owen (28 off 22), and Chris Jordan (59 off 20) who gave the push to the overall score at the lower end.
The bowlers were not in the right frame of mind. Chris Jordan was the only one who could get some success with the new ball as he picked up a single wicket. The rest of the bowling unit was a failure and it is the primary concern for the team management as they come to play their next fixture.
Skipper Ellis will be concerned regarding the form of Ben McDermott, Tim David and Corey Anderson.
Predicted Lineup: Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), Sam Hain, Tim David, Corey Anderson, Nikhil Chaudhary, Mitchell Owen, Chris Jordan, Patrick Dooley, Nathan Ellis (c), Billy Stanlake.
With a single draw and no win, the Renegades are struggling to score their first win in the league. They witnessed their 2nd loss in the previous fixture against the Brisbane Heat. The Hurricanes batters started on a low note as the opening partnership was demolished at the early stage.
It was Jake Fraser-McGurk (55 off 23) who gave the scoring momentum to the team. Jonathan Wells (34 off 24) in the lower order also played a crucial role in taking the overall score towards a respectable number.
On the bowling front, it was a good start as Kane Richardson & Mujeeb Ur Rehman broke the top order of the opposition. Rehman picked up two wickets at an economy of 6.75. However, the bowlers went off track in the middle orders and the spin attack was a complete failure.
Quinton de Kock & Adam Zampa are the two key experienced players who need to step up to make sure that the team gets positive results.
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock (wk), Joe Clarke, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Nic Maddinson (c), Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Peter Siddle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
We are in for an absolute thriller as both teams are in desperate need of a win. The Hurricanes are struggling with their weak batting and off-the-track bowling situation.
The Renegades have lost two fixtures but they have a good batting depth and experienced bowling unit. We predict a win for Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.