BBL 2018-19, Final, Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

BBL 2018-19, Final, Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

Stars have won on both the occasions this season.

Glenn Maxwell & Aaron Finch
Glenn Maxwell & Aaron Finch. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

The climax of the eighth edition of the Big Bash League is here. It will be a famous Melbourne Derby at the Docklands Stadium in the final of the tournament on a Super Sunday. Not many would’ve given these two teams a chance after the league stage. Hobart Hurricanes were the favourites to clinch the title, but they endured a bad day in the semi-final and came across an in-form Melbourne Stars.

Led by Glenn Maxwell, the Stars have found their groove at the right time and would be hoping for one final clinical performance to win their first BBL title. The same is with the Melbourne Renegades. They have qualified for the final first time in the history of the tournament. They are coming into this game after chasing down a mammoth 180 against the Sydney Sixers and will be playing at the same venue which is also their home ground.

Pitch and Conditions

The surface for the semi-final was a belter. A similar kind of pitch is expected to greet the teams and a high-scoring game is on the cards to decide the new winner of the BBL. The atmosphere is expected to be brilliant for the game of cricket with the temperatures hovering around 25-27 Degrees Celsius.

Road to the Finals

Melbourne Renegades

Opponent Date Result
Perth Scorchers 20-Dec Won by four wickets
Adelaide Strikers 23-Dec Won by five wickets
Sydney Sixers 29-Dec Lost by 33 runs
Melbourne Stars 1-Jan Lost by seven wickets
Adelaide Strikers 3-Jan Lost by 32 runs
Hobart Hurricanes 7-Jan Won by six wickets
Brisbane Heat 10-Jan Won by eight wickets
Brisbane Heat 13-Jan Lost by 101 runs
Sydney Sixers 16-Jan Won by seven wickets
Melbourne Stars 19-Jan Lost by six wickets
Sydney Thunder 22-Jan Won by 12 runs
Perth Scorchers 28-Jan Won by 78 runs
Sydney Thunder 30-Jan Won by 27 runs
Hobart Hurricanes 7-Feb Lost by 16 runs
Sydney Sixers 15-Feb Won by three wickets

Melbourne Stars

Opponent Date Result
Sydney Thunder 21-Dec Lost by 15 runs (DLS Method)
Hobart Hurricanes 24-Dec Lost by six wickets
Sydney Sixers 27-Dec Won by five wickets
Melbourne Renegades 1-Jan Won by seven wickets
Sydney Thunder 5-Jan Won by eight wickets
Perth Scorchers 9-Jan Lost by six wickets
Adelaide Strikers 11-Jan Lost by 41 runs
Hobart Hurricanes 14-Jan Lost by 59 runs
Melbourne Renegades 19-Jan Won by 6 wickets
Adelaide Strikers 23-Jan Won by 44 runs
Brisbane Heat 27-Jan Won by five runs
Perth Scorchers 3-Feb Lost by 27 runs
Brisbane Heat 8-Feb Lost by 10 wickets
Sydney Sixers 10-Feb Won by 94 runs
Hobart Hurricanes 14-Feb Won by six wickets

Team Combinations

Melbourne Renegades

The Renegades haven’t made any changes to their squad for the final. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch will open the innings while Sam Harper will bat at three. There could be a temptation to promote him to open and bring Jack Wildermuth at the all-rounder’s spot as well. Daniel Christian will be high on confidence after finishing the game while the likes of Tom Cooper and Cameron White will bat in the middle-order.

Probable XI: Marcus Harris/Jack Wildermuth (not opening if selected), Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Cameron White, Mackenzie Harvey, Tom Cooper, Daniel Christian, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Harry Gurney.

Melbourne Stars

The Stars have brought back Jackson Coleman in the squad at the expense of Nick Larkin. But they don’t seem to be making any changes to their XI after a perfect semi-final. Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis will open the innings while the skipper Maxwell and Peter Handscomb to take the care of the middle-order. Daniel Worrall has turned out to be an excellent addition to the squad and his opening spell will be crucial for the team even as Sandeep Lamichhane’s return has strengthened the bowling attack.

Probable XI: Ben Dunk, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Seb Gotch, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis/Jackson Coleman, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Sandeep Lamichhane.

Probable Top Performers

Sam Harper – Melbourne Renegades | Marcus Stoinis – Melbourne Stars

Broadcast Details

TV – Sony Six and Sony Six HD

Live Streaming – Sony LIV

Match Timings – 9:15 IST; 14:45 local

The prediction is for the Melbourne Stars to clinch its maiden title.


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