BBL 7, 2nd Semi-Final: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades – Match Predictions
The Strikers have been undefeated at home this season and they will want to ensure they stretch that run further.
Published - Feb 1, 2018 9:43 pm
Updated - Feb 1, 2018 9:43 pm
The Melbourne Renegades have reached the Adelaide Strikers’ fortress for the second semi-final of the Big Bash League (BBL) 7. The Strikers have been undefeated at home this season and they will want to ensure they stretch that run further. These two teams have played one game against each other in this edition so far and that went in the favour of the Strikers as they toppled the Renegades at their home, the Docklands Stadium.
Comparing the two teams man to man on paper, it’s the Strikers who look stronger despite the fact that they have two of their main players not available for them because of their national commitments. It’s not that the Renegades don’t have the game changers, but the Strikers both with bat and ball seem to be more balanced and to go with that, they also have the home advantage. So they will definitely walk into the game as favourites.
The Adelaide Oval is generally a batting wicket and it’s not as big a ground as some of the others in Australia. So it promises to be a high scoring game. There may be a little bit of turn for the spinners as the game progresses and that’s why the captain winning the toss is likely to choose to bat first.
Peter Siddle and Travis Head who had not played for the Strikers in the last game have been included for this one. While Siddle’s comeback was expected, Head’s availability has come as a bit of a surprise as he was with the Australian national camp and was set to give this game a miss but was allowed to play by Cricket Australia. Also, Harry Nielsen will stand behind the sticks in what will be his first appearance in BBL 7.
Predicted XI: Travis Head (C), Colin Ingram, Harry Nielsen (wk), Jono Dean, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald
Cameron White has returned to the folds for the Renegades as he has not been picked in the T20 squad of Australia for the upcoming Tri-series and he will be the skipper in the absence of Aaron Finch and will also bat 3. The two overseas players will be Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, while the bowling line up will be without the veteran spinner Brad Hogg who, much to the surprise of everyone, has been dropped for this massive fixture.
Predicted XI: Cameron White (C), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Kieron Pollard, Matt Short, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth
Here’s what we, at CricTracker predict will be the final result:
Probable top performers
Travis Head (Adelaide Strikers) | Dwayne Bravo (Melbourne Renegades)
Head to Head
Total games played – 7| Adelaide Strikers won – 4| Melbourne Renegades won – 3
Timings of the match: 02:10 PM IST
TV – SonyESPN
Live streaming – SonyLIV
The prediction is for the Adelaide Strikers to win the game.