MR W vs HB W Dream11: The Melbourne Renegades will be confronting Hobart Hurricanes for their first game of the new season in the Women’s Big Bash League. The game will be hosted at the Bellarive Oval in Hobart. In the previous six editions, the Renegades have not been able to advance beyond the first round in the previous four occasions. They came in at 7th in the previous season, with 10 points, as they look to string in a positive run of form this time around.
As for the Hurricanes, they too had an underwhelming 2020 campaign. The Hobart Hurricanes finished at the bottom of the pile with just one win off 14. However, both teams have made quality acquisitions that could have a major role to play as the tournament progresses.
Fixture Name: Match 2, Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes
Date: 16 October
Time: 10:10 AM IST
Ground: Blundstone Arena
Pitch Report: The wicket is usually good for batting. In the first match of the WBBL, both teams scored 99 and 100 respectively within 11 overs. Though the new ball could zip off the track, the side-winning toss would prefer to chase.
A combination of 6-5 in either side’s favor would be the way to go. The likes of Sophie Molineux, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodriguez for Renegades can be added, whereas, Rachel Preist, Richa Ghosh and Tayla Vlaeminck are expected to chip in for Hobart Hurricanes.
WK: R Priest
BAT: M du Preez, C Webb, J Rodrigues
AR: H Kaur, S Molineux, N Carey, E Jones
BOW: G Wareham, B Vakarewa, A Smith
Both sides struggled to get going in the previous season, and it would be interesting to see how the game pans out. A win for either team can possibly set the tone for the fixtures to follow. Considering Renegades’ underwhelming run of performances in the previous six seasons, it’s Hobart Hurricanes that could have the slide advantage heading into the game.
Sophie Molineux, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Jemimah Rodriguez do have the quality and experience to score runs at a quick rate for Melbourne Renegades. Carly Leeson, Georgia Wareham, and Holly Ferling can contribute with the ball in hand.
Sophie Molineux will have to lead by example with both bat and ball for Melbourne Renegades. Molineux scored 221 runs from 11 innings in the previous season, and also picked up 11 wickets in the process with the ball in hand. Talking about her overall career in the WBBL, Molineux has scored 1299 runs and has 57 wickets under her belt from 74 appearances.
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There will be plenty of expectations on India’s star batter Jemimah Rodriguez. The 21-year-old has been a part of 50 T20Is for India and has scored 1055 runs at a strike rate of 110.7. Rodriguez has also struck six fifties in the process.
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MR Playing 11 (Likely)
Evelyn Jones, Sophie Molineux (C), Jemimah Rodrigues, Courtney Webb, Harmanpreet Kaur, Makinley Blows, Josephine Dooley (wk), Elly Hayward, Carly Leeson, Georgia Wareham, Holly Ferling
The Hurricanes skipper Rachel Priest was one of the standouts of the tournament for her side the last time around. Priest had accumulated 354 runs from 13 innings, while, batting at a terrific strike rate of 118. Her ability to keep wickets can also turn out to be beneficial for the bowlers.
Racheal Priest (C and WK), Sasha Mooloney, Rachael Trenaman, Mignon du Preez, Richa Ghosh, Naomi Stalenberg, Nicola Carey, Molly Strano, Tayla Vlaeminck, Amy Smith, Belinda Vakarewa
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The Women’s Big Bash League 2021 will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network in India. The broadcasting rights are currently with Sony Six, and Sony Six HD. As for live streaming, Sony Liv will be the platform available for users.
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