Melbourne Renegades take on Hobart Hurricanes in the 11th game of the Big Bash League this season at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. We’ll have live scores from 7.00pm AEDT.
The Renegades have galloped to two victories from two played and another win here will take them to being sole leaders in the points table.
The Hurricanes began well with a victory over Brisbane Heat but fell back a little as they went down to Shane Warne’s Melbourne Stars in their second encounter.
Renegades captain Aaron Finch’s batting has been the side’s fulcrum. After a punishing century that quietened their cross-town rivals Melbourne Stars, he scored a vital 31 in a low-scoring game against the Sydney Thunder to lead them to a win.
While this augurs well for the captain’s confidence, the team will also need to start looking at other batsmen to put their hand up and get big scores.
Ben Rohrer has had starts in both these games while Marlon Samuels has shown excellent form in this format of the game all year, making them two dangerous batsmen for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes’ mixed start can be attributed to their inconsistency in batting and a probable over-reliance on Travis Birt and Owais Shah.
Birt and Shah were standout batsmen for the Hurricanes last season and every time they get a start, the team has shown to do well.
Interestingly, captain George Bailey was at the centre of some gamesmanship around his batting, from Stars captain Shane Warne but deflected the on-field happenings with a straight bat.
He will look to reproduce the kind of effort that was on display in Australia’s defeat at the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals earlier this year.
Doug Bollinger made up for a poor start to the competition for the Hurricanes with a solid 2/22 in his four against the Stars and will be looking to build on that.
Surprisingly, Xavier Doherty has bowled only two overs in each of the first two matches as well, and will look to get more support from his captain.
Coach Tim Coyle has admitted that Jason Krejza could also get a look-in for this game, making it a two-pronged spin attack for the Hurricanes.
We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the Docklands and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.