Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades, (HH vs MR, Match 14, BBL 2022-23)
Date: December 24, 2022 – 10 AM IST
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades are set to collide in the 14th match of the Big Bash League 2022-23. The contest will take place at the Hurricanes’ home Bellerive Oval on Saturday, December 24th.
Hobart Hurricanes didn’t get off to a desired start, suffering a 38-run defeat versus Melbourne Stars in the first game. They bounced back to edge out Perth Scorchers by eight runs. They then fell six runs short against Sydney Sixers in a rain-shortened game.
In a 14-over shootout after the rain delay, Patrick Dooley picked 2 for 19 off his three overs but the rest of the attack was taken apart by the openers and Hayden Kerr. Chasing 138, Hobart scored 28 off the first three overs but could not stay within the required rate and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Melbourne Renegades won three matches in succession for the first time in several years. They have defeated Brisbane Heat twice and Sydney Thunder in between. In the most recent clash, the men in red defeated Brisbane by four wickets.
Tom Rogers snared 4 for 23 while Akeal Hosein bagged 3 for 26 to restrict the opponents to 137/8. The Renegades batting unit was then rattled by Michael Neser, who picked four wickets in eight balls. Coming in at 4/9, Andre Russell counter-attacked 57 off 42. Akeal Hosein played a vital hand of 19-ball 30 while Aaron Finch saw them home with a struggling 31 not-out.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for HH vs MR, Match 14, BBL 2022
Hobart’s Bellerive Oval is one of the best venues for batting in Australia. The average first innings score from 63 T20 matches played here stands at 167. However, there has been some assistance for the bowlers this year, with the average batting first score dropping down to under 150.
The weather in Hobart on Saturday afternoon is likely to be partly sunny and pleasant with no threat of rain. There’s only around a 3% chance of precipitation with the temperature hovering around 22°C.
Hobart Hurricanes – Expected XI and Team News
Hobart Hurricanes are likely to be unchanged despite coming off a loss. Shadab Khan, James Neesham and Asif Ali are the three overseas players in the side. The bowling attack comprises Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Joel Paris, Shadab and Patrick Dooley.
Probable XI – D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (c/wk), Shadab Khan, Tim David, Asif Ali, James Neesham, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
Melbourne Renegades – Expected XI and Team News
Melbourne Renegades have made one change to the squad, resting Kane Richardson to manage workload. Jack Prestwidge is set to take his place. This will be Andre Russell’s last match with the team this season.
Probable XI – Nic Maddinson (c), Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Aaron Finch, Andre Russell, Jon Wells, Akeal Hosein, Will Sutherland, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Tom Rogers, Jack Prestwidge
Head to head record of HH vs MR
Total Encounters – 15
Hobart Hurricanes Won – 8
Melbourne Renegades Won – 7
Hobart Hurricanes lead the last five encounters by 4-1.
Best Captaincy Picks for the HH vs MR match
Matthew Wade: Wicketkeeper Batter, Hobart Hurricanes
The Hurricanes skipper scored 35 in the first game and followed it up with a 29-ball 51 in the second. Matthew Wade is amongst the leading run-scorers in the BBL, with 2257 runs at an average of 32 and strike rate of 141. Wade has 15 fifties and a hundred in the BBL.
Shadab Khan: All-rounder, Hobart Hurricanes
The Pakistan all-rounder has picked four wickets and scored 43 runs in three games this season. Shadab has 255 wickets in his T20 career at an economy of 7.22 while scoring over 2000 runs at 137 strike rate.
Andre Russell: All-rounder, Melbourne Renegades
Andre Russell is coming off a fantastic knock of 57 off 42 to save his team from a precarious situation. The Jamaican all-rounder has smashed over 7200 runs in the shorter format at 27 average while striking at 168. Russell has taken 383 wickets with the ball as well.
Top Differential Picks
Nathan Ellis: Bowler, Hobart Hurricanes
Picked by only 18% fantasy teams, Nathan Ellis can be a good differential pick. He’s one of the best pacers in the league in the last few years. Ellis has taken 86 wickets in T20 cricket at an economy of under 8.
Jake Fraser-McGurk: Batter, Melbourne Renegades
Jake Fraser-McGurk recently smashed 80 off 38 in the Victorian Super Slam. The 20yr old is still in his early developing phase at senior level but has the skill set to do well. He’s picked in 32% of the MPL teams and can be a good differential.
MPL Fantasy XI
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
For those in India, you can watch the Big Bash League on Sony Sports Network. Watch the Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades match on Sony Sports 5 at 10 AM on Saturday. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Sony LIV.
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.