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We have now reached the business end of the tournament after the completion of 56 KFC Big Bash league stage matches. The 2nd semifinal match will see the Sydney Sixers taking on the Melbourne Renegades at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The match will be played on the 15th of February and it will be the last hurdle for the two teams vying for a place in the finals. The Renegades were losing semi-finalists last season while inaugural winners Sydney Sixers will be hoping to make their 4th final out of the 8 seasons. Our online cricket win tips look at the teams and the players to help you make a calculated judgment on the outcome of this match. Read this tip to find out what we predict!
The Melbourne Renegades finished 2nd in the league table with 8 wins from 14 matches. They recorded 16 points and finished with a NRR of 0.173. The Renegades won 3 matches on the trot to ease through to the semifinals before losing their last league stage game to the Hobart Hurricanes.
Sam Harper is the leading run-scorer for the Renegades this season with 299 runs at a strike rate of 135.90. He has hit the top score by a Renegades batsman this season, which is a lowly 56 not out. Captain Aaron Finch is the other half-centurion in the side having scored 163 runs with the top score of 54. The experienced Tom Cooper has found some form of late making 49 against the Sixers and 44 against the Hurricanes during the last match. Afghanistani middle-order dasher Mohammad Nabi has scored over 220 runs this season while Dan Christian has scored 185 runs in 12 innings. The problem for the Renegades has been the strike rates of their batters. No one is scoring in excess of 120 runs per 100 balls and this has put the bowling attack under serious pressure at times.
Fast bowler Kane Richardson is the leading wicket-taker this season with 24 wickets from 12 games. He has a strike rate of 11.7 balls per wicket and has captured multiple 3-wicket hauls throughout the tournament. Richardson was carted for 55 runs in 4 overs by the Hurricanes during the last match and they showed that attacking stroke-play could derail the premier strike bowler for the Renegades. Dan Christian has captured 13 wickets with his right-arm medium pace while Harry Gurney continues to impress capturing a wicket in almost every inning. Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce is the leading spin bowler in the side with 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.23 per over while Mohammad Nabi has captured 8 wickets with his off-spin with 4 of those wickets coming in one single inning against the Sydney Sixers.
The Sydney Sixers too finished with 8 wins from 14 matches but finished with a NRR of 0.047 that was slightly lower than the NRR of the Melbourne Renegades. The Sixers won 4 matches on the trot while batting 2nd and qualified for the semifinals by the end of the 13th match. They had the chance of getting a home semifinal only to lose that opportunity by losing badly to the Melbourne Stars by a whopping margin of 94 runs during their 14th league stage match.
Daniel Hughes is the highest scorer for the Sixers with 347 runs from 14 innings inclusive of 3 half-centuries. He made an unbeaten 51 against the Adelaide Strikers and followed it up with a 27-ball 41 against Thunder before scoring just 12 runs against the Melbourne Stars in a match that was of utmost importance. James Vince who replaced Joe Denly has scored 241 runs in 7 innings with the top score of 75 against Brisbane Heat. He also made an unbeaten 74 against the Hobart Hurricanes and remained 43 not out against Sydney Thunder. Jordan Silk, Moises Henriques, and Josh Philippe are the other key batters in the side having made 263, 261 and 252 runs respectively.
The Sixers have 3 bowlers featuring among the top 10 wicket-takers this season. Sean Abbott is the leading bowler for the Sixers with 21 wickets thus far. He has captured 9 wickets in the last 5 matches and has best bowling figures of 3 for 18. Englishman Tom Curran has had a wonderful season with the bat and with the ball. He has scored 185 runs with the top score of 62 and captured 20 wickets at an average of 19.85 per wicket. Ben Dwarshuis is the 3rd seam bowler in the side and he is expected to take the new ball for the Sixers. Steve O’Keefe who was the season’s leading wicket-taker at one point has now slipped down to 6th place. He has captured 19 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 6.65 runs per over.
The cricket win tips for the 2nd semifinal match of BBL 2018/19 is as follows.
We expect to see a closely contested game between two evenly matched teams. Both the teams have been erratic and unpredictable this season and it has made our job of making the winner cricket match prediction for this match even harder. However, we predict that the Sydney Sixers will continue their good fortunes at Melbourne to defeat the Melbourne Renegades and go on to reach the finals of this year’s BBL.