BBL 2018-19, 2nd Semi-Final, Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Renegades have the momentum on their side.
Published - Feb 14, 2019 4:44 pm | Updated - Feb 14, 2019 4:44 pm
Since they encountered a massive loss in their final league game, the Sydney Sixers failed to secure a home semi-final. Thus, they will be taking on the Melbourne Renegades at their home in the second semi-final of BBL 2018-19. The battle between number two and number three teams is going to be an exciting one.
Both the teams lost their previous match and that will nullify the confidence and momentum factors. They will need to start afresh and be at their best in order to enter the final game of the season. These two teams seem to be equally strong on the paper and it will be all about holding onto their nerves on the big occasion.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Docklands stadium is a slow one. Teams chasing have won two out of the three games in here edition of the BBL here at this venue. The ball tends to hold up slightly and stroke-making is quite difficult. Humidity levels are predicted to increase by a fair margin in the second half of the match. Hence, the track could quicken up and toss will play a crucial factor.
Mohammad Nabi will not be available for the last stages of the BBL 2018-19 as he left to join the Afghanistan squad in India. Thus, Cameron White will be the man who is likely to replace him after missing out the previous two matches. The rest of the team could be similar to what it was in the league game against the Hobart Hurricanes. Aaron Finch will continue to lead the side.
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Cameron White, Mackenzie Harvey, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Harry Gurney.
Ben Manenti and Justin Avendano replaced Tom Curran and Lloyd Pope in the Sixers squad. Losing out on Tom Curran is a big blow for the team and it will surely upset the balance slightly. While Manenti will replace Lloyd Pope, either of Jack Edwards or Justin Avendano could come in for Curran. The batsmen will look to put up a good show after the miserable outing last time.
Predicted XI: Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards/Justin Avendano, Ben Manenti, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshius, Nathan Lyon.
Probable Top Performers
Cameron Boyce – Melbourne Renegades | Nathan Lyon – Sydney Sixers
TV – Sony Six and Sony Six HD
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
Match Timings – 14:10 IST; 19:40 local
The toss is expected to play a crucial role in the match.