Cricket match date: 15th February 2019
Cricket match time: 02:10 pm IST
Cricket match location: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Big Bash League
Team A: Melbourne Renegades
Team B: Sydney Sixers
Team A Captain: Tom Cooper
Team B Captain: Moises Henriques
Cricket Match Preview:
The second semi-final will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at Melbourne. It is expected to be a thrilling contest between two evenly matched sides. Both cricket teams finished at the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively on the points table after the group stage.
Both teams had to fight hard for these two spots as, apart from Hobart Hurricanes, every other side remained in contention of the knockout games until the end. Sydney Sixers managed to slip under the radar under the leadership of underrated Moises Henriques. They kept on winning the cricket games especially at the later stages of the tournament, when they really gained momentum and won 4 out of their last 5 cricket games.
Melbourne Renegades, on the other hand, were buoyed by the late entry of their regular skipper, Aaron Finch. Since his return, they found a new lease of life and started putting victories on the trot. They were also helped by the two all-rounders, Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian, who kept on providing them with the X factor with both the bat and the ball. The inclusion of HF Gurney also gave them the much-needed edge with the ball.
James Vince has been one of the most inspiring addition to the playing eleven by Sydney Sixers. Ever since his inclusion, the batting of Sixers has really clicked and gave them the much-needed firepower. This has helped the skipper, Moises Henriques, to play freely and made their middle order stronger. Tom Curran’s performance as an all-rounder has also given Sixers the freedom to play extra bowlers.
It is going to be a fascinating cricket game between the two good sides of the tournament. The winner of this cricket game will pose a different kind of challenge to the second finalist.
Cricket Match Information:
Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers will take on each other in the second semi-final of this year’s Big Bash League. There is nothing to differentiate the two sides as both won 8 cricket games in the group stage of the tournament. While Renegades finished at number 2 spot, Sydney Sixers finished at number 3 spot on the points table.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Melbourne Renegades have been one of the most consistent sides of the tournament. The presence of Aaron Finch as a skipper as well as an opener have helped the team. They lost their last cricket game against Hobart Hurricanes. Our prediction is of one change from them, where Mohammad Nabi will have to be replaced by someone as he has gone back to Afghanistan.
Here is our prediction of Melbourne Renegades’ playing XI:
- Marcus Harris
- SB Harper
- Aaron Finch
- TLW Cooper
- MW Harvey
- Dan Christian
- W Sutherland
- CP Temain
- CJ Boyce
- Kane Richardson
- HF Gurney
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Sydney Sixers, despite the loss in their last cricket game, will be quietly confident. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven for the second semi-final as their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Sydney Sixers’ playing XI:
- JL Denly
- Daniel Hughes
- Moises Henriques
- James Vince
- Josh Philippe
- Tom Curran
- Stephen O’Keefe
- JC Silk
- Sean Abbott
- Nathan Lyon
- L Pope
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
James Vince has looked good in almost every cricket game of the tournament. His form has given a much-needed impetus to the Sydney Sixers’ batting line up. His form is going to be a crucial aspect of the second semi-final. Our prediction is of a good knock from him in this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
This stadium has given reasonable success to Melbourne Renegades in this cricket tournament. From the international cricket point of view, there has been no T20 international cricket game played on this ground yet. Our prediction is of a good score by both cricket teams. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Melbourne Renegades will begin the game of cricket as slight favourites. Despite the loss in their previous cricket game, they have a better balance in home conditions. Sydney Sixers are expected to be a tough challenge but our prediction is of a Melbourne Renegades’ win.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
James Vince (SS) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
HF Gurney (MR) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Daniel Christian (MR)
Melbourne Renegades – 1.68
Sydney Sixers – 1.95
*odds may change anytime