Fri, Feb 2, 10:23am by Staff Writer
The second Big Bash League semi-final takes places at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night, when the Strikers host the Melbourne Renegades.
A lot of the discussion about this match has centered around the unavailability of three of Adelaide’s best players for the match; Travis Head, Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake.
All three have been selected for Australia’s T20 triangular series against England and New Zealand which begins on Saturday night.
The Renegades will still be without Aaron Finch and also lose Kane Richardson to international duty.
Cricket Australia will surely have to address the scheduling of international T20 matches, particularly given the huge impact it has had on this match and many others throughout BBL07.
It is detracting from the product on the field and is a talking point for all of the wrong reasons.
Nonetheless, both teams have played well this season, with the Strikers the more consistent of the two teams.
Both teams have lost to Perth twice throughout the season, with the oddsmakers barely able to split the two teams for this semi-final.
The Strikers are home underdogs at $1.95, namely due to the omissions of their three best players.
The Renegades are $1.85 favourites, but did lose to the Strikers in their only meeting this season in Melbourne.
Colin Ingram dominated with the bat on that night, hitting 68 runs off 36 balls, with the Renegades barely getting into the run chase on that night.
There are a range of markets available at Sportsbet including the top runscorer markets for each team.
After his last performance against the Renegades, Colin Ingram leads the way at $3.60 for the Strikers.
Returning from One Day International duty, Cameron White will captain the Renegades and is the most popular choice to lead their runscoring at $4 at Sportsbet.
Some interesting statistics regarding these two teams, including that the away team has won the last five matches contested between the two sides, with Adelaide holding an all-time 4-3 head-to-head lead against the Renegades.
There is not much to separate these two sides, except for the betting bowling figures possessed by the Strikers.
Afghan revelation Rashid Khan has the best bowling economy rate in the BBL at 5.52 runs per over, with paceman Peter Siddle not far behind at 5.84 runs per over.
With Khan also the leading wicket taker in the competition at 17, the Renegades could have struggle, particularly in the middle overs.
Best bet- Adelaide Strikers to win at $1.95
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