BBL Semi-Final Preview: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades

BBL Semi-Final Preview: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades :


Match Preview


The Renegades and the Strikers are the only two teams in the competition to not advance to a BBL grand-final. The Strikers will be banking on their import players to get them across the line when they host the Renegades. The Strikers will be without Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake. Travis Head has been released by the Australian team to join the Strikers.

Rashid Khan has shown the BBL why he is regarded as the best T20 spinner in the world. The Afghan-international has picked up 17 wickets at an economy rate of 5.52.  Strikers paceman Ben Laughlin has backed up Khan’s efforts with 15 wickets.

Veteran Cameron White will slot back into the Renegades top-order. White has shown his class in the BBL this season, with 302 runs. The Renegades will be confident of breaking their finals hoodoo, after away wins against the Thunder and the Heat.

The Renegades have won five from six games on the road this season. The West Indies duo of Kerion Pollard and Dwayne Bravo will be looking to utilise their T20 experience to get the Renegades over the line. Bravo has proven to be a match-winner with the ball. The West Indies all-rounder took 3/25 in the final round win over the Heat at the Gabba.

The Strikers will be looking for the Adelaide crowd to provide some inspiration to get them into their first final. Strikers stand-in skipper Colin Ingram blasted 69 from 36 balls the last time these two sides met in Melbourne. Jake Weatherald has been handy at the top of the order for the Strikers with two half-centuries.

With their impressive record away from home, the Renegades will be favourites go through to their first BBL final.

STRIKERS SQUAD: Colin Ingram (c), Harry Nielsen (wk), Wes Agar, Jono Dean, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser. Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells. Nick Winter

RENEGADES SQUAD: Cameron White (c), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Kieron Pollard, Matt Short, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth




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