BBL 2018-19 Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades 52nd Match Prediction. Melbourne Renegades will be aiming for their fourth successive win in the season when they take on the league leaders Hobart Hurricanes.
- Melbourne Renegades have won six of their last seven matches against Hobart Hurricanes, including the most recent encounter earlier this season.
- Hobart Hurricanes have the home advantage on their side and they have won all their four matches played at this ground this season.
- Hobart Hurricanes have a stronger batting line-up than Melbourne Renegades with D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade in terrific form.
Our Pick: Hobart Hurricanes are favorites to win
Who Will Win Hurricanes vs Renegades, BBL 2018-19?
Melbourne Renegades will be aiming for their fourth successive win in the season when they take on the league leaders Hobart Hurricanes. This 52nd fixture of the Big Bash League 2018-19 will be played on February 7 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM local time.
HBH vs MLR, BBL 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, BT Sport, Fox Sports, SuperSport, Seven Network
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Foxtel Sports, SuperSport Live
The Bellerive Oval has hosted four matches so far this BBL season and all four of those have been won by the side batting second. Since the wicket at this ground has favored the batsmen more during the second period of play, the team that wins the ‘bat-flip’ here on Thursday will probably prefer chasing.
Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11
HBH Team News
Hobart Hurricanes have roped in young Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad into their squad as a replacement for the injured fast bowler Tymal Mills. Ahmad is in line to make his BBL debut which means one of Clive Rose or Jarrod Freeman could make room for him. The rest of the Hurricanes’ line-up is expected to remain unchanged.
HBH Key Players
The opening pair of D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade is going great guns for the Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League 2018-19 and it definitely holds the key to their batting. Short is the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 567 runs (six half-centuries) followed by Wade who has scored 487 runs (five half-centuries). The latter is coming off a brilliant 54-ball 88 against Adelaide Strikers. Ben McDermott and George Bailey, who smashed a fifty each in the reverse encounter in Melbourne, are the team’s reliable batsmen in the middle order. The Hurricanes will be counting on James Faulkner and Jofra Archer to deliver the goods when it comes to bowling. Faulkner has been the most impressive of all the bowlers in the side with 18 wickets in 12 matches and he will have a crucial role to play in the powerplay. Archer has taken 14 wickets in the season from 12 matches and he is more likely to finish with the best figures in this match.
HBH Recent Form
Hobart Hurricanes have won nine and lost three out of the twelve matches they have played so far in the league stage of the BBL 08 and are currently sitting at the top of the points table with 18 points. They have now lost two of their last three games – they first lost to Sydney Sixers by nine wickets at the SCG, then got the better of Brisbane Heat in a home game before going down to the Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets at Launceston.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11
- Matthew Wade (c/wk), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose/Jarrod Freeman, David Moody, Qais Ahmad
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Melbourne Renegades made one change to their line-up for the previous match against Sydney Thunder with Beau Webster replacing Cameron White who injured his hamstring while batting during last week’s game against Perth Scorchers. White is expected to fully recover in time for this game, and if he does, he would be slotted straight back into the playing eleven. Opening batsman Marcus Harris is also available with Australia’s test series against Sri Lanka completed, but he may have to wait a while before he gets an opportunity.
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MLR Key Players
Aaron Finch and Sam Harper are the key men with the bat for Melbourne Renegades at the top while Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian are their biggest hopes in the middle order. Harper has scored the most runs for his team this BBL – 279 runs in 13 matches – and he will be expected to score big against the Hurricanes. Finch failed to fire last time out and he will look to make amends in this game. Mohammad Nabi is a vital cog in this line-up. The allrounder can bail the team out of trouble with the bat should they lose early wickets and has the ability to turn things around with the ball. Kane Richardson, however, remains the trump card for the Renegades in terms of bowling. The Australian fast bowler is topping the wickets charts with 22 wickets in 11 matches. He took a three-wicket haul in the reverse fixture and was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-27 in the last game against Sydney Thunder.
MLR Recent Form
Melbourne Renegades are currently occupying the third position in the BBL 08 league standings with eight wins and five losses from thirteen matches. They now have four wins in their last five matches and have won their last three matches in a row. The Renegades have been very impressive with the ball on the previous three occasions and they even bowled out Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder for just 79 and 113 runs respectively in their last two matches.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
- Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Beau Webster/Cameron White, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Chris Tremain
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
HBH : L W L W W
MLR : W W W L W
HBH vs MLR Head to Head
Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades have played eight matches against each other in the Big Bash League with the latter leading the scoreline 6-2.
Melbourne Renegades have won six of their previous seven encounters against Hobart Hurricanes, including the most recent encounter last month at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
Melbourne Renegades, after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in that game, restricted Hobart Hurricanes to 145/5 at the end of 20 overs. They then chased down that total in the final over to win the match by six wickets.
Matches Played: 8; Hobart Hurricanes Won: 2; Melbourne Renegades Won: 6
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds
Hobart Hurricanes are the bookmakers’ favorites to win this BBL match and they are being offered at odds of 1.75 on Betfair and 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365. Melbourne Renegades begin as the underdogs for this game at a higher price of 2.15 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.28 on Betfair.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Melbourne Renegades boast a fabulous record against Hobart Hurricanes with six wins from eight head-to-head meetings. They will also gain plenty of psychological advantage from the fact that they have beaten the Hurricanes four times out of five at the Bellerive Oval. Plus, they have the momentum with them having won their last three matches on the trot. However, their batting does not look as strong compared to that of the Hurricanes who have openers D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade in really good touch. The Hurricanes also have the benefit of playing at their home ground and they are yet to face a defeat here this season. So even though the Renegades have an outstanding record against the Hurricanes, we feel that the latter will bring their A-game into play on Thursday night to end the Renegades’ winning streak.
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