Big Bash League 2018-19: Semi-final 2, Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers: Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI Updates & Fantasy Cricket Tips - February 15th, 2019

Fantasy Cricket Tips
Fantasy Cricket Tips
Dwijesh Reddy

In the second semi-final of the Big Bash League 2018-19, two of the best bowling units take center stage as Melbourne Renegades host Sydney Sixers at the Docklands.

Both teams have been highly impressive in the latter half of the tournament with their bowling attacks paving their way for massive victories en route to a top four finish.

The Docklands pitch has produced competitive matches this season and the semi-final should also been no exception. While Mohammad Nabi and Tom Curran aren't available for this match for the Renegades and Sixers respectively, an opportunity arises for other players to showcase their talent in this highly anticipated contest.

Squads to choose from

Melbourne Renegades:

Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Usman Khan Shinwari, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth.

Sydney Sixers:

Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Joe Denly, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton, Greg West, Ben Manenti.

Playing XI Updates

Melbourne Renegades:

Mohammad Nabi isn't available for this match and could be replaced by another all-rounder in Jack Wildermuth or another batting option in the fit-again Cameron White.

Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris will bore the bulk of responsibility of scoring with their penchant for runs well-known to one and all. Kane Richardson has been impressive this season with 24 wickets so far and with his death bowling abilities, he could add a few more to that tally.

Possible XI: Finch(C), Harris, Harper(WK), Cooper, White/Harvey, Christian, Wildermuth, Boyce, Gurney, Richardson and Tremain.

Sydney Sixers:

Tom Curran's national call-up has dented their batting and bowling with the Englishman scoring 185 runs and picking 20 wickets in the league stage. He should be replaced by either Justin Avendano or Jack Edwards.

This could see a shuffle in the batting order as well with Daniel Hughes dropping down to number four to accommodate an opener alongside Josh Philippe. Lloyd Pope should be replaced by Mickey Edwards with the pacer expected to complete the pace attack alongside Abbott and Dwarshuis.

Possible XI: Philippe(WK), Jack Edwards/Avendano, Vince, Hughes, Henriques, Silk, Abbott, Dwarshuis, O'Keefe, Lyon and Mickey Edwards.

Fantasy Tips and Suggestions

Wicket-keeper: Josh Philippe and Sam Harper have had breakout seasons for their respective teams with 252 and 299 runs respectively. Both of them are great options to have in the side and either of them would make a viable pick in the team.

Batsmen: Aaron Finch and James Vince are invaluable picks to have in the side and along with the in-form, Daniel Hughes, are must have picks in the side.

Tom Cooper has slowly started to find some form over the course of the tournament and could be a viable pick for the team. Jordan Silk could also slot in for Daniel Hughes with the Tasmanian in good form down the order.

All-rounders: Daniel Christian has been the stand-out player for the Renegades with 185 runs and 13 wickets to his name. Along with Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian should be backed to perform well in this highly anticipated match.

Bowlers: Kane Richardson is a must have in the side. He is the highest wicket-taker of the BBL 2018-19 season and along with Ben Dwarshuis and Nathan Lyon, it is a great selection for the fantasy team. Either of Harry Gurney or Cameron Boyce would also be a viable picks to have in the team.

Captain: Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques are big match players making them the prime candidates for captaincy. The other available options include James Vince and Daniel Christian, who have been in great form over the season.

Fantasy Suggestion #1: Sam Harper(WK), Aaron Finch, Tom Cooper, Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Kane Richardson, Harry Gurney, Nathan Lyon and Ben Dwarshuis. Captain: Aaron Finch

Fantasy Suggestion #2: Josh Philippe (WK), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Marcus Harris, Tom Cooper, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Kane Richardson, Sean Abbott, Cameron Boyce and Steve O'Keefe. Captain: Daniel Christian

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Edited by Mridul Bhasin


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