The 26th Big Bash League 2021-22 game between the Melbourne Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes would be crucial for the Renegades. They need to win this game in order to move on. The team was defeated by the Perth Scorchers in their most recent game and currently sits at the bottom of the points table. In the previous game, the Hurricanes defeated the Adelaide Strikers.
After four straight losses, the Renegades would be feeling the heat. This would have undoubtedly harmed their confidence, and the team would need to play spirited cricket from now on to get back on track. Their record against the Hobart Hurricanes has also been poor. It will be interesting to see if the team can make a quick turnaround in the tournament with a win in this game.
The game will take place on December 29, 2021, at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes, 26th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 29, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Team Previews
The Renegades have now lost three games in a row, and Nic Maddinson’s side is on the same path as the previous two seasons, when they finished at the bottom of the points table. In their most recent game, the team was defeated by the Perth Scorchers by 8 wickets, resulting from another poor performance by their bowlers. They’d be up against a tough opponent in the Hurricanes, so they’d have to step up their game.
The team would benefit from a strong start from Aaron Finch and Mackenzie Harvey, as they have struggled in the tournament due to poor starts. The side would expect more consistency from Sam Harper and Maddinson in the middle order, and they would need to add runs to go with Jake Fraser. Down the order, they’ve had batting collapses, and they need Will Sutherland and Mohammad Nabi to score runs to keep the game alive.
Their bowling has been poor thus far in the tournament, and they would like to see early wickets from Reece Topley and James Pattinson in this game. Maddinson and Zahir Khan have been the most consistent bowlers for the team, and they will be expected to perform well here. Nabi, Sutherland, and Kane Richardson will bear a lot of responsibility in keeping the Hurricanes in check.
Melbourne Renegades Squad
Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Nic Maddinson (c), Jake Fraser, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan, Jonathan Merlo, Mitchell Perry, Kane Richardson, James Seymour
Predicted XI: Nic Maddinson (c), Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch, Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, James Pattinson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan
Matthew Wade’s team has won two games in a row, and they will be confident going into this game. In their previous game, they defeated the Adelaide Strikers by 7 wickets after chasing down a large total. They’ve had a good record against the Melbourne Renegades in the past, and they’d like to improve on that with a win in this game.
Ben McDermott scored a century in the previous game and forms a strong opening pair with Matthew Wade. They have one of the best players in this format in D’Arcy Short. He’d look to add runs in the middle of the order with Harry Brook and Tim David, who have yet to score. Peter Handscomb and Jordan Thompson are both good hitters who must make the most of their opportunities in this game.
Thomas Rogers and Riley Meredith have struggled with the new ball, and their lines will need to improve in this game. The side has a bowler in Nathan Ellis who can stop the flow of runs and would aim to bowl tight spells alongside Tim David. The team would be concerned about Sandeep Lamichhane’s form, as he hasn’t been at his best so far and will need to perform well for the team to win.
Hobart Hurricanes Squad
Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade(c & wk), D Arcy Short, Harry Brook, Tim David, Peter Handscomb, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Wil Parker
Predicted XI: Matthew Wade (c & wk), Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Toss Prediction
It’s one of the best batting surfaces in Australia, and we’ve seen teams put up big numbers. Batting first has resulted in more wins for teams here. The team that wins the toss in this game will look to take advantage of the surface by batting first and aiming for a high score.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium has a flat surface and a fast outfield. Batsmen have been able to score a lot of runs thanks to the shorter boundaries. The ball lands nicely on the bat. The margin for error for the bowlers is small, and while the surface helps the fast bowlers, it is a difficult venue for the spinners.
If the weather forecast predicts clear skies over Melbourne on December 29, we’ll have a good game on our hands. The surface is flat, and batsmen can easily score runs on this wicket. On this pitch, there is little for the bowlers, and the team batting first would need 180 runs or more.
Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Match Prediction
The Melbourne Renegades find themselves in an uneasy but familiar situation. The team must overcome the mental block that has plagued them over the last two seasons. A win here would boost their confidence, but their players would have to perform well in both areas of the game. The Hobart Hurricanes have momentum on their side, having won two games in a row, making them favourites to win here.
Hobart Hurricanes is the favourite to beat Melbourne Renegades at the odds of 1.55.
- The Melbourne Renegades have lost their last four games in a row and are in poor form.
- The Hobart Hurricanes have won four of the last five games between the two teams, which should boost their confidence.
- Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short of the Hobart Hurricanes are in good form with the bat.