Melbourne Renegades Women v Hobart Hurricanes Women, Match 8
January 12, 2018, 7.30 IST
Junction Oval, Melbourne
The surface at Junction Oval in Melbourne hosted the opening game of Women’s Big Bash League 2018/19, where a total of 165 was chased down in 17.2 overs by the Melbourne Stars. However, as the season progressed, the wicket showed that it had something in it for the bowlers as well.
The chasing team has had more success on this ground this season, winning four games out of five.
Melbourne Renegades, who are fourth in the table at the moment, must remain vigilant ahead of their final two fixtures. They will look to go all guns blazing into these games, so as to secure their spots for the semi-final.
Hurricanes, on the other hand, have struggled this season, failing to bring their best to the table, despite having some strong performers on their side. They sit at the bottom of the points table and will play their final game of the season against Renegades.
They will hope to bow out of this season with a strong and solid victory under their belt.
Head to Head
Total matches – 7
Won by Renegades – 2 (28%)
Won by Hurricanes – 5 (72%)
Form (Recent first)
Renegades – L W W W W (decent form)
Hurricanes – L L L L W (poor form)
Last Match’s Playing XI and possible changes
Danielle Wyatt, Lea Tahuhu, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Emma Inglis (wk), Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Claire Koski, Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Jessica Duffin, Courtney Webb
Possible changes: Renegades are likely to field the same XI
Heather Knight, Smriti Mandhana, Alex Hartley, Corinne Hall, Stefanie Daffara, Brooke Hepburn, Sasha Moloney (c), Veronica Pyke, Meg Phillips, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Ashley Day
Possible changes: Erin Fazackerley for Meg Phillips
My dream XI
Redmayne, the Hurricanes wicket-keeper, has been in good form off-late. She amassed 78 runs in her last two innings, including an unbeaten knock of 54 against the Adelaide Strikers in a thrilling contest.
Wyatt, the Renegades opener, has been on fire this season. The England batter has scored 347 runs in 11 innings, and is sixth on the list of top run-getters in this edition of the tournament.
Koski, who has a highest score of a mammoth 132 in all of limited-overs cricket, has done her job with the bat lower down the order, but hasn’t really come to the party yet. Fireworks can be expected from her blade against Hurricanes, if she gets a chance to bat for a substantial period of time on Saturday.
Mandhana, the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, is a stylish and swashbuckling left-hander at the top of the Hurricanes’ batting order. She recently scored a 25-ball 52 against Strikers, and slammed seven boundaries and two sixes.
Hall, the experienced campaigner of the Hurricanes unit, will be expected to bring her best game to the fore against Renegades. She has had a few starts over the last handful matches, but has not been able to convert them into significant scores. The right-hander will want to correct that on Saturday.
Molineux, the Renegades all-rounder, has been having a splendid season in the WBBL so far. While she has claimed regular scalps with her left-arm spin, the 20-year-old has also been among the runs too – she scored a riveting 78 against Melbourne Stars at the start of this month.
With 346 runs in 12 innings, Knight is the seventh highest leading run-scorer in this edition of the WBBL. The England skipper has been exceptional with the bat as well as the ball, affecting 14 dismissals so far.
A lot will depend on the performance of Moloney, the Hurricanes skipper, who hasn’t quite found her own in the tournament yet, especially with the bat. However, she is a match-winning all-rounder who is always a threat to the opposition. Saturday might just be her day.
Strano, with 18 wickets in 12 games, is just one scalp away from becoming the joint-highest wicket-taker this season. She has been imperative to Renegades’ strong form this season, dishing out strong performances with her right-arm off-spin.
Wareham might just be 19, but the teenager is always an exciting option to have in your side, as she brings variation and spunk to the bowling attack.
Pyke, the left-arm seamer, will play an important role against the likes of Mandhana on Saturday. The veteran bowler’s experience will be important against the talented stroke-makers in the Renegades line-up.
Captain and vice-captain: Danielle Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana
Other options: Heather Knight
Player to watch out for: Danielle Wyatt
The opener has been exceptional this season and will be raring to get into the middle in familiar conditions. She has scores of 59 and 45 in her last two innings – will she touch triple digits on Saturday?