Coming off from an embarrassing defeat in their last match, Melbourne Renegades will take on Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday (December 19) in Hobart.
While chasing the daunting 145 runs set by Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades was bundled out for 60 runs. This would surely have been a moral-dropping defeat for them, who are currently at number fifth position in the table. But this is not their lowest total in this tournament. In 2015, they were all out for 57 runs against Melbourne Stars.
In Hobart, they will look to regain their confidence against Hurricanes, who have also lost their last match.
Here, let’s take a look at Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing XI:
Shaun Marsh, who scored a gun-blazing half-century in the victory against Perth Scorchers, was out for 13 runs against Sydney Sixers. As a result, Melbourne Renegades failed to chase the mammoth target. He will look to redeem in Hobart and entertain fans with his fiery knock.
Aaron Finch (c):
Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch also left his team struggling after scoring 12 runs off seven balls. Before this match, he scored 35 runs off 28 balls to guide his team to victory in their opening match.
The southpaw is currently in good form and he will surely get better off Hobart Hurricanes.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Harper has scored only 1 and 5 runs respectively in the last two outings. He has not got a lot of matches this season because of the COVID-19. The youngster might take time to get back the rhythm and Aaron Finch is likely to back him.
The South African cricketer Rilee Roscoe Rossouw is also not currently in the best of his form. He is playing the game of cricket after March since the outbreak of coronavirus thus, the 31-year-old might take time which will hurt them. In the last match, he was out for a golden duck.
Beau Webster, who has also played for Hobert Hurricanes, has also a decent start to the tournament. In the first match, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat but bowled three overs in which he gave away 14 runs while picked one wicket. Against SS, he scored only two runs besides going wicketless.
The 18-year-old Jake Fraser-McGurk, who showed his firepower in Australi U-19, has not stood up to expectation. In his first BBL match, he was out for a duck. Against SS, he had the opportunity to come out as a hero but he was out after scoring just 13 runs. Melbourne Renegades is surely going to back the youngster considering his evident potential.
The all-rounder hasn’t got much opportunity to bat. In the first match of Melbourne Renegades, because of the massive contribution from the top-order, he didn’t get to bat while in the next match, he was out for a duck. Also, he has been unable to pick wickets. The 32-year-old will look to open his account in Hobart.
Kane Richardson, who missed out on the limited-overs leg of Australia against India, had an impressive start of the 10th season of BBL. He notched three wickets in the maiden match with Melbourne Renegades to take the game home. However, the pacer in the next match went expensive, leaking 37 runs in his four-over while picked only one wicket. He is the main wicket-taker for the Aaron Finch-led side and thus, the team will hope to give them breakthroughs in the coming matches.
Josh Lalor was the most expensive bowler in the disappointing defeat against Sydney Sixers. He conceded 49 runs in his four overs and got the wicket of Josh Phillipe, who until then had done the harm with the bat. But he was the highest wicket-taker in the first match, picking three wickets. He will look to bounce back stronger in the coming match.
Peter Hatzoglou, who had also an impressive outing in the first match, could not run rate against the Sixers. He leaked 40 runs in his four overs but picked two wickets to give early breakthroughs albeit they faced defeat.
Jonathan Mark Holland:
The spinner played his maiden BBL 2020 match against Sydney Sixers but was unfortunate to take the game home for them. He bowled only two overs but gave away twenty runs but he is likely to be retained for tomorrow’s match.