Melbourne Renegades have had the wood over Hobart Hurricanes and have won six out of the last seven times that the two teams have faced each other.
At the same time, the match will be played at Bellerive Oval, in Hobart, which is the home ground of Hobart Hurricanes and the team has won all of their last four matches here. The Hurricanes have included Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad in place of the injured Tymall Mills. Ahmad is expected to feature in the playing XI.
The biggest strength of the Hurricanes is their opening combination in D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade, both of whom are the top two scorers of the tournament. They also have the likes of Ben McDermott and George Bailey, in the middle order, who provide solidity to the batting line-up.
With the ball, James Faulkner is their leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets, while Jofra Archer has 14 from 12 matches.
Melbourne Renegades’ Cameron White got injured in the last game. After the Test series against Sri Lanka has ended, opener Marcus Harris will be available but is unlikely to feature in the final XI. Aaron Finch and Sam Harper will start the proceedings for the team and one out of the two is likely to go big.
They also have all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian in the middle order who can make amends if the start is not great. The bowling spearhead is Kane Richardson who has 22 wickets from 11 matches.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Hobart Hurricanes– Matthew Wade (c)(wk), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, David Moody, Qais Ahmad
Melbourne Renegades– Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Beau Webster, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Chris Tremain.
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