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04 Feb 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2018-19 Big Bash League – Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Thursday, 7th February - 08:40 (UK)

Where is Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Blundstone Arena

What is the expected weather for Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades? Heavy rain and thunderstorms could threaten this game although it could clear beforehand in 21-23c temperatures

What channel is Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades? http://www.hobarthurricanes.com.au/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W2, Melbourne Renegades W6
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Hobart Hurricanes by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Adam Griffith

Captain: Matthew Wade

  • After looking like comfortably claiming top spot on the BBL08 ladder, Hobart Hurricanes were on the end of a surprising loss against Adelaide Strikers as they gave the chasing pack an opportunity of overhauling them.

  • The Hurricanes will now need a win from one of their final two matches in order to guarantee a home semi-final following the seven-wicket loss and face a tough contest against Melbourne Renegades who have a good head-to-head record against them.

  • Hobart have finally secured a replacement for the injured Tymal Mills in the form of Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad and he could come straight into the team for this crucial game at the top of the ladder.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • Melbourne Renegades continued their good run of form as they claimed their third consecutive win when they faced Sydney Thunder in their last match and with that win, they kept alive their hopes of a home semi-final.

  • The Renegades were again thankful for their bowling unit as they skittled the Thunder for 113 in the 27-run win which was the second game in a row that they managed to bowl their opponents out.

  • With eight days between games, the Renegades have the chance to freshen their squad up ahead of the important run-in and that could lead to veteran Cameron White overcoming a hamstring problem.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Renegades head into this contest on the back of a three-game winning streak in a game they must win in order to give themselves a chance of a home semi-final. They face a Hobart Hurricanes outfit that they got the better of earlier in the competition and have a favourable all-time record against. The Hurricanes suffered a shock defeat last time out and could have become complacent thinking they were secure at the top of the ladder. However, that position is now under threat and the Renegades can place them under even more pressure by turning them over here.

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