Melbourne Renegades (MLR) vs Sydney Sixers (SYS), 2nd Semi-Final BBL 2019 free betting tips & prediction. Get schedule, head to head stats to bet with Betway, Betrally & Bet365.
Second-placed Melbourne Renegades and third-placed Sydney Sixers both finished with eight wins from their 14 matches in the league phase - the Renegades earning home advantage for this game thanks to a marginally better net run rate.
The Sixers sat second ahead of their final game, but were bowled out for 74 in 13.4 overs in a 96-run defeat to drop to third and therefore lose home advantage for this game.
That could be key because, though the Sixers restricted the Renegades to 99/9 from 20 overs when they last met at this ground, Kane Richardson has taken 24 wickets in this year's tournament to lead the bowling charts.
Melbourne Renegades will welcome Sydney Sixers to the Marvel Stadium for the second of this year’s Big Bash League semi-finals. The match is scheduled for February 15 and the live action begins at 19:40 local time.
MLR vs SYS, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Fox Sports, Sony Six, Sky Sport, BT Sport, SuperSport, Willow TV, Ten Sports, BeIN Sports
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MLR vs SYS Bat Flip Prediction
The Renegades have favoured bowling first when they have won the Bat Flip and they will be keen to unleash Kane Richardson on this bowler-friendly wicket.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixer, BBL 2018-19 .
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Melbourne Renegades suffered an unexpected blow when the Afghanistan Cricket Board requested Mohammad Nabi’s early release in order to join their preparations for their fixtures against Ireland in India. The Gades had expected the all-rounder to be available for the finals. Marcus Harris returned to the squad last time out after his test-match commitments, but Cameron White missed that game with a hamstring injury.
MLR Key Players
Only three Melbourne Renegades hit half-centuries during the league phase, with Aaron Finch – back as captain – one of those. Finch’s big-hitting capabilities in T20 cricket are well known and he has 53 half-centuries and six centuries to his name in the format.
Sam Harper was the Gades’ leading run scorer with 299 from his first 14 games, including one half-century, while Cameron Boyce – who took 12 wickets with the ball – was the other to hit a half-century.
With the ball, Dan Christian – who hit 185 runs with a high score of 49* with the bat – has 13 wickets to his name but that pales into insignificance compared to Kane Richardson.
Richardson has led the bowling attack, especially at the Marvel Stadium, and he has 24 wickets from 12 matches so far. Incredibly, his economy rate of 7.64 is actually the highest of the Gades’ regular starters, showing how economical their bowling has been across the board.
MLR Team Form
Melbourne Renegades bounced back from being bowled out for 121 by Melbourne Stars in a six-wicket Victoria derby defeat by winning three games in a row. They did lose to Hobart Hurricanes last time out, however.
Aaron Finch scored 54 in a total of 152/9 as the Gades bounced back from their derby defeat by beating Sydney Thunder by 12 runs – Kane Richardson and Harry Gurney both claiming two wickets.
Then, they beat Perth Scorchers as Chris Tremain (3-9) and Dan Christian (4-20) led the bowling as, after posting 157/5, the Renegades bowled Perth out for just 79. The bowlers shone again in another win against Sydney Thunder. Cameron Boyce’s unbeaten half-century lifted the Renegades to 140/7, before the Thunder were dismissed for 113 – Kane Richardson taking 3-27.Their final group game saw them finish on 167/8 in reply to Hobart’s 183/6, however, to end their winning streak – even if their net run rate ultimately proved enough to finish second.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth, Dan Christian, Mackenzie Harvey, Cameron Boyce, Chris Tremain, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
Tom Curran will miss the semi-final after linking up with England’s one-day squad in the West Indies. Nathan Lyon went wicketless in a rare BBL appearance last time out, but the Australian international might still get the nod for the semi-final leaving Jack Edwards, Lloyd Pope and Ben Manenti battling for two places – one in place of Curran. Pope played last time but was expensive. Jack Edwards’ batting may swing it his way, meaning Manenti could edge out Pope for the final spot.
SYS Key Players
Tom Curran will be a big miss as he has 20 wickets in this season’s tournament in total and contributed with the bat in both previous matches against the Renegades too.
He is actually one behind team-mate Sean Abbott in the bowling charts, however, and Abbott will relish the Marvel Stadium wicket. He has 21 from 14 games, while Steve O’Keefe has 19 wickets and an economy rate of 6.65 runs per over.
Ben Dwarshuis has also contributed 14 wickets, and an economy rate under seven, with the Sixers’ bowling attack a key part of their success.
With the bat, meanwhile, Daniel Hughes leads the way with three half-centuries and 347 tuns in total. James Vince has taken just seven matches to score 241 runs, meanwhile. Josh Phillipe’s strike rate of 156.52 also highlights the danger he poses at the top of the order.
SYS Team Form
Sydney Sixers charged into the play-offs on the back of four straight wins but a crushing defeat last time out brought them crashing back down to earth. The Sixers were bowled out for just 74 in 13.4 overs by the Melbourne Stars, throwing away second place as a result of their 94-run loss.
It was in stark contrast to their accomplished batting displays during the winning streak, with Daniel Hughes and James Vince central to those. Vince scored 75 in a total of 177/7, beforethree wickets apiece for Tom Curran and Sean Abbott saw Brisbane Heat bowled out for 98 at the start of that run of form.
Next up, Vince scored an unbeaten 74 and shared a record-breaking 167-run partnership with Josh Philippe (86*), as they chased 173 to beat Hobart Hurricanes by nine wickets.
Hughes’ unbeaten half-century, and one for Moises Henriques too, helped them chase 125 to beat Adelaide Strikers in just 14.1 overs next up – Ben Dwarshuis having earlier returned bowling figures of 3-7 from four overs.
And the Sixers won the Sydney Derby next up, as Vince and Hughes guided them to victory in a rain-reduced game. They were in great shape, and second in the table, until that heavy defeat last time out cost them home advantage in this semi-final.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti, Nathan Lyon
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MLR : L W W W L
SYS : L W W W W
MLR vs SYS Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers both won one each of the two meetings during the league stage of Big Bash 2018-19. The Sixers edge the overall record with five wins to four from their previous nine matches.
Back in December, Tom Curran hit an unbeaten 23 in a total of 132/7 - Kane Richardson having taken 3-22 - and then took 3-18 as the Renegades posted just 99/9 in reply.
In the second meeting, Curran top-scored with 44 from 30 balls but the Sixers could only post 115/9 as Mohammad Nabi claimed 4-25. In reply, Tom Cooper hit 49 from 33 balls as the Renegades required just 13 overs to claim a seven-wicket win.
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Betting Odds
Having blown home advantage for this semi-final, Sydney Sixers have gone out to a best price of 2.10 to win with Bet365, while Betway are offering 1.95. Melbourne Renegades are 1.80 and 1.75 to win respectively.The Sixers still boast a brilliant bowling attack and a dangerous top order, however, and can upset the odds. Sean Abbott is 4.00 to be the Sixers’ leading bowler, on a surface that will suit the seamers. Abbott will need to shine with Tom Curran unavailable.
For the Renegades, Kane Richardson is 3.50 with Bet365 to be their best bowler – he is the leading wicket-taker in this season’s Big Bash League, averaging two per game so far.
If Josh Philippe, James Vince and Daniel Hughes fire, meanwhile, the Sixers could get off to a big start and combat Richardson’s bowling. They are 2.00 with Bet365 to post the highest total off the first six overs.
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Prediction
Sydney Sixers will miss Tom Curran but still have the bowling and batting strength to overcome Melbourne Renegades – even if they did lose home advantage for this game with a heavy defeat last time out.
Back Sydney Sixers to beat Melbourne Renegades at 2.10 with Bet365 and 1.95 with Betway.