The BBL08 final will be an all-Melbourne affair as the Renegades host the Stars in a mouth-watering prospect at Marvel Stadium but the home side will need a big performance to beat their rivals here.
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.
Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to utilise their home advantage to progress to the final of BBL08. They finished top of the ladder by four points and were the best team throughout the competition but that will mean nothing if they cannot defeat Melbourne Stars in this semi-final.
The Stars come into this game knowing a victory will see them qualify for the semi-finals but they have been in great form in recent matches. The Sixers have already qualified and even with defeat – barring a heavy one – will see them finish second and seal a home semi-final.
The return of Sydney Thunder’s Australian Test players to boost their ranks can not come soon enough with the Thunder needing to win here and then hope the Melbourne Stars to slip up and leave the door ajar to qualify for the finals.
Only pride is on the line in this game with the two teams at the foot of the ladder facing off in a contest to avoid the wooden spoon. Both teams have been disappointing in this edition of the BBL but more so for the Strikers who have not defended their trophy well at all.
Brisbane Heat have the perfect reason to go out and claim a win here with this potentially being Brendan McCullum’s final appearance in the BBL. With a win, they would keep their slim hopes of a semi-final berth but a defeat would confirm their fate and allow Melbourne Stars to progress.
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.
Perth have a big reason to try and end their home campaign with a win after Michael Klinger announced his retirement. Klinger has been sensational throughout his time with the Scorchers and will be looking to go out with a bang in what will be his final home appearance.
Both of these teams are still alive in the competition but will need minor miracles to qualify for the finals. Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat have seemingly left themselves with too much to do to qualify at this late stage.
The Sydney Smash will be pivotal for the fate of both teams in their penultimate game of BBL08. The Sixers are in a strong position to make the finals and need just one win from their final two matches to seal a semi-final berth.
A really tough match to call in the Big Bash as neither of these teams realistically has a chance of reaching the top four and their selections of various young players suggests they are resigned to that fact.
Hobart Hurricanes will be relishing this match-up against a side that they hammered by 10 wickets in their previous meeting as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the ladder. The Hurricanes have well and truly cemented their place as the side to beat and should add yet another win here against the struggling Strikers.
Melbourne Renegades host Sydney Thunder in a vital game that could have big consequences for the loser. That is definitely the case for the Thunder who could be pushed out of play-off contention with a defeat.