Melbourne Renegades to win
As Hobart Hurricane’s opening victory against Sydney Sixers proved, the unusual circumstances around this tournament mean that it’s hard to call who will go well.
On that basis, it’s worth backing underdogs Melbourne Renegades – who won three of their last five games of last season – to beat the odds here.
Aaron Finch to be Melbourne Renegades’ top batsman
That Finch has been playing high-level cricket for the last few months is surely going to prove a big advantage coming into this match.
He passed this mark in four of his five international appearances against India, having also struck 32 in his final IPL appearance for RCB.
Josh Inglis to be Perth Scorchers’ top batsman
Inglis has a habit of making a significant contribution once he gets going at the top of the order.
He passed 20 eight times in last year’s competition and went on to make 50 in four of them, so is worth backing as the Scorchers’ top batman in case he has one of his good days.
Matthew Kelly to be Perth Scorchers’ top bowler
Kelly had a habit of taking his wickets in small bursts last season.
He went wicketless in four of his last seven matches, but took at least two wickets in the other three, so is worth backing in this market.
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