BBL 2018-19, 2nd Semi-final: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Mohammad Nabi is not available for the Renegades.


Chris Tremain
Chris Tremain. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Will it be the Melbourne derby in the finals of the Big Bash League (BBL)? Or will it be the clash between the two most famous cities in Australia? After Melbourne Stars raced past the Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final, Melbourne Renegades will lock horns with the Sydney Sixers in another knockout game. Sixers’ batsmen crumbled under pressure in the last league game while the Renegades have the momentum on their side coming into this clash.

Both the teams lost their respective previous games but it didn’t matter for them as they had qualified for the knockouts. The Renegades have been rocked with Mohammad Nabi’s unavailability for the all-important match as he had to join the Afghanistan squad in India for the upcoming series against Ireland. The Sixers, on the other hand, have lost Tom Curran which makes their bowling look thin.


Match Details:

The 2nd Semi-Final of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixes at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

The match starts at 7:40 PM local time (8:40 AM GMT) (2:10 PM IST).

The game will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in India. Live streaming for this match is available on Sony Liv.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Docklands Stadium has been a low scoring venue this season and the trend is expected to continue for this game as well.

Average first innings score: 128 (Five matches in BBL 2018/19)

Chasing teams’ record: Won – 3, Lost – 2

Probable XI:

Melbourne Renegades:

Aaron Finch (C), Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Chris Tremain, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney.

Bench –Jack Wildermuth, Jon Holland.

Squad changes:

In –Cameron White

Out –Mohammad Nabi

Sydney Sixers:

Josh Philippe, Justin Avendano, Dan Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti.

Bench – Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards.

Squad changes:

In –Ben Manenti, Justin Avendano

Out –Tom Curran, Lloyd Pope

Team News:

Cameron White has recovered from a minor hamstring injury and replaces Mohammad Nabi who joins Afghanistan National team. Tom Curran also joins England team in the Caribbean.

Power Picks:

Sean Abbott –

21 wickets from 14 matches this season. Picked at least one wicket in 13 matches.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Aaron Finch, James Vince, Josh Phillipe, Daniel Christian

Vice-captain options – Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Josh Phillipe

Batters – Aaron Finch, Tom Cooper, James Vince (C), Daniel Hughes

All-Rounders – Daniel Christian (VC), Moises Henriques

Bowlers – Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Cameron Boyce, Kyle Abbott.

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Sam Harper

Batters – Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, James Vince, Daniel Hughes

All-Rounders – Daniel Christian (C), Moises Henriques

Bowlers – Chris Tremain, Cameron Boyce, Sean Abbott (VC), Ben Dwarshius.


Expert Advice:

In wicket-keeper’s category – Harper vs Phillipe:

Harper is consistent.

Phillipe either hits big or falls cheaply.

Probable Winners:

Again, like the first semi-final, it is tough to predict the winner but the Renegades look the favourites to set the finals date with the Stars on Sunday.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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