Who will win Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes BBL 24th match?
Melbourne Renegades are set to be in action against Hobart Hurricanes on January 12. This 24th fixture of the ongoing Big Bash League 2016-17 will be played at the Docklands Stadium which is the home ground of the Renegades. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:40 PM local time.
A beautiful batting strip can be expected for this match as the ground has seen 170 or more being scored in the first innings five times in its past seven matches. Also since three of the last four matches at the Docklands have been won by the side batting first, the team that wins the toss on Thursday is more likely to bat first.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, odds and match prediction for Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes, Big Bash League 2016-17....
None of the players are reported to be suffering from injury and the team is looking in a good physical condition.
Aaron Finch struck his second fifty of BBL 06 in the last game against the Sydney Sixers. He has scored the most runs for the side and will be a key batsman along with Cameron White who has also contributed on quite a few occasions. Sunil Narine has so far been their most effective bowler with seven wickets from five matches and we predict the offspinner to pick up wickets and contain the Hobart batsmen.
Melbourne Renegades have won two and lost three of their first five league matches and are currently positioned fifth in the standings with four points. They will be coming into this match after having faced defeats in their last two against Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers respectively.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted XI
AJ Finch (c), CL White, TLW Cooper, CJ Ferguson, NLTC Perera, MW Short, SP Narine, JL Pattinson, CP Tremain, PM Nevill (wk) and GB Hogg.
Hobart Hurricanes will come into this match with all its players fully fit. They are likely to retain the same playing eleven that played against Sydney Thunder in the last match.
Tim Paine and George Bailey are the key members in their batting lineup. Paine is currently one of the leading run-getters this year while Bailey is averaging 59.33. The latter recently smashed an unbeaten 69 against Sydney Thunder and we predict him to trouble the scorers a lot on Thursday. Daniel Christian and Stuart Broad are doing a good job with the ball and the Renegades may not take too many risks against these two.
Hobart Hurricanes are struggling at the moment with four losses and just two wins from six matches in this season of BBL. They have lost back-to-back games, one against Adelaide Strikers and the other against Sydney Thunder, and are placed second to bottom on the points table.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted XI
TD Paine (c/wk), DJM Short, BR McDermott, GJ Bailey, DT Christian, JW Wells, BJ Webster, CJ Boyce, CA Rose, SCJ Broad and SW Tait.
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes have come face-to-face five times in the past. While the Hurricanes won the first game, the Renegades came out on top in the next four - a win percentage of 80 over the former. The Renegades had also won the only match to be played between the two sides at the Docklands Stadium.
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Betting Odds
Melbourne Renegades have almost always been the more successful of the two teams in the past. They have beaten Hobart Hurricanes four times out of five and will be seeking their fifth straight win over them on Thursday. The Renegades will have the support of the home crowd and are thus favorites to win this game at best odds of 1.72 with bet365, who have Hurricanes as outsiders at 2.10.
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Prediction
Both teams have faced defeats in their previous two matches and will be under pressure. However, it is the Hobart Hurricanes who will be feeling more heat as they desperately need to earn the next four points in order to keep their semi-finals hopes alive. So chances are that they could fall apart and succumb to the pressure. Plus, the fact that they have been beaten once before by Melbourne Renegades at the Docklands won't do their confidence much good. Even though the Renegades haven't been doing well at this venue lately, we feel they are still a strong enough side to take down the struggling Hurricanes here.
Final Verdict: Back Melbourne Renegades to beat Hobart Hurricanes at best odds of 1.72 with bet365.