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by Alastair Symondson Sunday 6 January 2019
In the absence of Tim Paine, wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade has led the team exceptionally well. He has got good support from D'Arcy Short who was the leading run-scorer last year and has backed it with another chart topping performance in this season. Short has scores of 67, 34, 58, 34 and 64 and it has not been even a single time when he has got out cheaply.
Apart from the openers, George Bailey has also made vital contributions in the middle order. In the bowling department, James Faulkner has bagged 10 wickets from 5 matches, his best figures being 3-36 against Sydney Sixers. Jofra Archer has seven wickets against his name while Johan Botha pick up 3 for 22 against the Sixers.
Melbourne Renegades will be boosted by the return of captain Aaron Finch who has been released from the Australian Test squad. However, his return would be short-lived as he would soon join the Australian ODI team.
Mackenzie Harvey is expected to make way for the skipper. His comeback would be crucial in the sense that in his absence runs were hard to come by so much so that the team could manage only 99-9 in the last match.
If at all, the runs have come, they have been scored by all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian. Both of them have been good with the ball as well while Kane Richardson has picked up eight wickets.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Melbourne Renegades- Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Cameron White, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Usman Shinwari
Hobart Hurricanes- Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith
Who will win? – Hobart Hurricanes
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades), D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dan Christian (Melbourne Renegades), Jofra Archer (Hobart Hurricanes)
Most Sixes – Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades), D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)
Team Scores Batting First – Melbourne Renegades 145+, Hobart Hurricanes 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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