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Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades Big Bash League Semi-Final Match Preview and Predictions - Renegades to make first final

Rippa Staff 31 Jan 2018
  • Neither side have reached the BBL final before
  • Adelaide Strikers lead the head-to-head 4-3
  • The Strikers have also won the three of the last four meetings

The only sides never to reach the Big Bash League Grand Final clash for the right to play in the decider when Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades clash in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, February 2. 

BBL07 has thrown many surprises, but none more than the Strikers finishing in the top two. Never the favourites to do so, the Strikers finished second behind the Scorchers after a very good league season.

All that counts for nothing, however, as they prepare to take on the Renegades. Can they continue to pleasantly surprise, or will they be pegged back by national call-ups? 

Match Preview


The Strikers may have lost to the Scorchers in their final game and with that the top position. However, finishing second with 14 points and just three losses – two of those are against the Scorchers – is commendable.

Should that make them feel confident? In a strange way, their success has been their bane as three of the Strikers’ top performers would be unavailable due to national call-ups. Earning a home semi is a solace, but will that be enough to offset the loss of players?

If a tournament like Big Bash is all about flying under the radar and doing the right things silently, then the Renegades have done that perfectly. They picked up six wins and 12 points to pick up the third place.

The Renegades will hope to benefit from the T20 call-ups as they have peaked at the right time. But, will a weakened Strikers’ squad propel the Renegades to their first Big Bash final?

Earlier in the season


The teams met at Etihad Stadium and the Strikers romped home by 26 runs. It was Colin Ingram (68 from 36 balls) and Travis Head (58 from 47 balls) who led them to 173-5, which was successfully defended thanks to the troika of Ben Laughlin (2/18), Rashid Khan (2/26), and Billy Stanlake (2/22).

Who’s hot & who will be missed?


The Strikers’ will rely heavily on the batting of Colin Ingram (262 runs, SR 137.17) as they miss their top scorer Alex Carey (425 runs, SR 143.09). With the ball, it has been a Rashid Khan show so far (17 wickets, economy 5.52). The hosts will be missing the services of Carey, Head and Stanlake for this crucial fixture.

The Renegades are led with the bat by their captain Cameron White (302 runs, avg. 100.66, SR 112.26). With the ball, it has been the performance of DJ Bravo (17 wickets, economy of 8.13) that’s synchronising their bowling harmony. While White returns to the side for this game, the Renegades will miss the services of Kane Richardson (12 wickets). Brad Hodge is also ruled out with an injury.

Tips and Predictions


The Strikers and the Renegades have always had balanced tussles, with the hosts leading 4-3 in head-to-head. In fact, they have won three of the last four encounters. But, the visitors have a slight edge now thanks to the absence of key players for the Strikers. Back the Renegades at odds of $1.80 (CrownBet).

Will the Strikers go for more maximums than their counterparts? Back them to score more sixes at odds of $2.40 (Neds).

Ingram’s runs will be crucial for the hosts, more so with Carey’s absence. Back him to score at least one six at odds of $1.53 (Ladbrokes).


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Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades Big Bash League Semi-Final Match Preview and Predictions - Renegades to make first final

Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades clash in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, February 2 for the right to reach their first final.

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