BBL Semi-Final Preview: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades

The Renegades and the Strikers are the only two teams in the competition to not advance to a BBL grand-final. The Strikers will be banking on their import players to get them across the line when they host the Renegades. The Strikers will be without Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake. Travis Head has been released by the Australian team to join the Strikers.

Rashid Khan has shown the BBL why he is regarded as the best T20 spinner in the world. The Afghan-international has picked up 17 wickets at an economy rate of 5.52.  Strikers paceman Ben Laughlin has backed up Khan’s efforts with 15 wickets.  

Veteran Cameron White will slot back into the Renegades top-order. White has shown his class in the BBL this season, with 302 runs. The Renegades will be confident of breaking their finals hoodoo, after away wins against the Thunder and the Heat. 

With their impressive record away from home, the Renegades will be favourites go through to their first BBL final. 

Win-Draw-Win 

The Renegades have won five from six games on the road this season. The West Indies duo of Kerion Pollard and Dwayne Bravo will be looking to utilise their T20 experience to get the Renegades over the line. Bravo has proven to be a match-winner with the ball. The West Indies all-rounder took 3/25 in the final round win over the Heat at the Gabba. 

The Strikers will be looking for the Adelaide crowd to provide some inspiration to get them into their first final. Strikers stand-in skipper Colin Ingram blasted 69 from 36 balls the last time these two sides met in Melbourne. Jake Weatherald has been handy at the top of the order for the Strikers with two half-centuries.  

Tip: Back the Renegades to win ($1.88) 

Runscorer Markets  
Adelaide Strikers 

Colin Ingram (43.50) remains in good form for the Strikers with the bat. The South-African has belted 262 runs at a strike rate of 137.17. Ingram has the ability to put the accelerator down towards the end of an innings; clearing the rope 13 times this campaign.  

Jake Weatherald ($4) has quietly accumulated 211 runs at the top of the order and is worth some consideration. Weatherald has notched two half-centuries and looked confident at the crease.  

Tip: Back Colin Ingram to be the Strikers top run scorer ($3.50) 

Melbourne Renegades  

Tom Cooper has been one of the unsung heroes of the Renegades top order. Cooper has hit three half-centuries this season at a handy strike-rate of 143.96. His ability to bat through the innings has taken the pressure off Cameron White ($3.75) and Marcus Harris ($4). Cooper represents some terrific odds at $4.50. 

Labelled the next David Warner, Harris continues to make a name for himself in the BBL. The opener blasted a season-high 64 from 41 deliveries against the Thunder in Canberra. Harris has promised some excitement every time he’s walked out to the middle.    

Tip: Back Tom Cooper to be the Renegades top run scorer ($4.50)