The 24th match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 08 will be played between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at the Eastern Oval in Ballarat on October 30. The game will begin at 9.30 AM IST (3 PM LOCAL).
Both teams will play their sixth game of the competition. While Melbourne Renegades have won one and lost four, Sydney Sixers have won four and lost one. The Renegades are at the bottom of the points table. On the other hand, the Sixers are at number two.
Melbourne Renegades: Sophie Molineux (captain), Sarah Coyte, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Ella Hayward, Shabnim Ismail, Carly Leeson, Hayley Matthews, Rhiann O’Donnell, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Georgia Prestwidge, Erica Kershaw, Eve Jones
Sydney Sixers: Ellyse Perry (captain), Jade Allen, Suzie Bates, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Sophie Ecclestone, Ash Gardner, Ange Genford, Alyssa Healy, Kate Peterson
Players to watch
The right-arm speedster of Melbourne Renegades was one of the three wicket-takers in her last outing against Melbourne Stars. She accounted for 15/1 in four overs, striking in her second over. Opening the bowling with captain Sophie Molineux, Ismail was the most economical bowler.
The right-handed opening batter of Melbourne Renegades top-scored with 24 runs off as many balls against Melbourne Stars in her last appearance. She hit three boundaries and provided a steady start to her team. With the ball, the off-spinner picked up 16/1 in three overs.
The star all-rounder of Sydney Sixers won the player of the match award in her last fixture against Hobart Hurricanes, thanks to her valuable contributions with the bat, ball, and on the field. Coming in at number three, the right-hander blasted 43 off 22, including three boundaries and as many sixes. With the ball, the off-spinner scalped 23/4 in three overs. She also held on to two catches.
The wily left-arm spinner of Sydney Sixers opened the bowling and claimed 16/2 in three overs. She was the most economical bowler for her side. Bowling well inside the powerplay and in the middle overs, Ecclestone hit the right straps consistently.
It will be the tournament’s third match at the venue. The teams batting second have won both games so far here. The wicket looks good for bowling, as the teams have not been able to post scores above 100 in any of the innings. With cloudy conditions, expect the fast bowlers to get assistance.
The weather is expected to see some sun, then turning cloudy with occasional rain in the afternoon. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 17 degrees Celsius. There will be an 84 percent cloud cover and a 62 percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the north.
Fantasy Playing XI
Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Suzie Bates, Courtney Webb, Maitlan Brown, Ellyse Perry, Hayley Matthews, Sophie Molineux, Sophie Ecclestone, Shabnim Ismail, Sarah Coyte
Date: October 30, 2022
Time: 9.30 AM IST (3 PM LOCAL)
Venue: Eastern Oval, Ballarat
Live streaming: Sony Sports Network (India), Foxtel (Australia), BT Sports (England)
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