All-time meetings: Melbourne Renegades W4, Sydney Sixers W5
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by 7 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Captain: Aaron Finch
Melbourne Renegades edged Sydney Sixers out for second place on the ladder and earned a home semi-final as a result thanks to the Sixers’ awful showing in their final game which resulted in the Renegades having a better net run rate.
Kane Richardson is the leading wicket-taker in the BBL this season, taking his total to 24 with two more wickets against Hobart Hurricanes in the Renegades’ 16-run defeat in their last outing.
The Renegades have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their semi-final with Afghanistan calling Mohammad Nabi into their training camp which leaves them without the quality all-rounder for the finals and increases the pressure on Dan Christian to produce as their sole authentic all-rounder now.
Coach: Greg Shipperd
Captain: Moises Henriques
Sydney Sixers managed to throw away a home semi-final after they were hammered by Melbourne Stars in their final match which allowed the Renegades to leapfrog them into second place on the ladder.
The Sixers will now travel to Melbourne to face the Renegades to try and continue their good run of form against the hosts who they have beaten in five of their last seven contests although the Renegades did win the last match between the two teams.
Tom Curran signed a three-year deal with the Sixers this week but will be unavailable for the finals after he had to leave his teammates to join up with the England squad that are currently on tour in the West Indies and that is a significant blow to the team.
Both teams head into this semi-final with key players missing because of international call-ups. The Renegades will be without an all-rounder of genuine quality whilst the Sixers will miss the wicket-taking prowess of Tom Curran who has taken 20 wickets for his side this season. There is very little to split the two and that is highlighted by them both finishing on the same points but the Sixers could be made to pay for surrendering second place with the Renegades able to edge the win.