Hobart Hurricanes, who are currently at the number two spot in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020 points table, will take on Melbourne Renegades on Saturday (December 19) in Hobart. This will be the 10th match of the season but the two teams will face each other for the first time in this season.
Adelaide Strikers broke Hobart Hurricanes two-match winning streak after defeating them on Tuesday (December 15). The team led by Peter Handscomb lost the match by five-wicket after giving below par 147 runs target.
Coming off from a defeat, Hurrican will look to regain the momentum against Renegades, who also faced an embarrassing defeat in their last match.
Here, let’s take a look at Melbourne Renegades Playing XI:
D’Arcy Short, who had an unimpressive T20I series against India, was out for two runs in the last match against Adelaide Strikers. The opening batsman needs to give a good base to Hurricanes. He will look to redeem in the home ground where he had scored a half-century against Adeliade Striker in their first meeting.
The English young cricketer Will Jacks was said to be a head-turner but he has been out for duck two times in the last three matches. Everyone had high hopes from Jacks but so far, he has been disappointing.
The Hobart Hurricanes debutant needs to bounce back stronger against Renegades otherwise he might be benched.
Colin Ingram is currently leading the most runs table with scoring 126 runs in three matches. In the last match, he missed his second half-century of the season by four runs. Ingram will look to continue his good form and with the opening batsmen struggling, his contribution is significant.
Peter Handscomb, who is one of the most experienced players of the BBL, has scored 24, 4 and 5 runs respectively in the last three matches. Being the captain of Hobart Hurricanes, he needs to get a good sum of runs.
The hard-hitting batsman Macalister Wright has scored 1,2 and 15 runs respectively in the last three matches. He has been unable to accelerate the innings whenever the team needed him. If he could not get runs against Renegades, Hobart Hurricanes might drop him.
After scoring a century for Australia A in the second pink ball warm-up game, Ben Mcdermott played his first BBL match of the ongoing season against Adelaide Strikers, which was the second meeting of Hobart Hurricanes. He scored 46 runs to guide his team to set up 147 runs target albeit it was not enough to defend against Strikers
The Singapore cricketer Tim David is currently the second-highest scorer in the ongoing 10th season of BBL. He has scored 103 runs, which also include a half-century, in the three matches. Although he is an allrounder, he is being used as a pure batsman. He might be later used in the bowling option.
The fast-bowling allrounder James Faulkner is the leading wicket-taker of Hobart Hurricanes. In three matches, he has picked up seven wickets while has maintained an economy rate of over five. But he has not been a huge contributor with the bat. Overall, he has scored only 18 runs and was out for a duck in the last outing.
The medium-pacer Nathan Ellis picked up two wickets but was not economical in his four overs quota (3.4). He leaked 36 runs and was hit for two boundaries and two sixes. As a result, Hobart Hurricanes could not defend a below-par target.
Scott Boland was way too economical in the last match against Adelaide Strikers. He picked up only one wicket but only conceded 15 runs in his four overs quota. The 31-year-old will look to replicate a similar performance against Melbourne Renegades to maintain the spot in the points table.
The 24-year-old local player went wicketless and also went expensive in the last match. Being beaten badly by Strikers, Meredith could not open his account in his four overs quota. He needs to get wickets against Renegades, who are already low on self-esteem.