Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes
Match Date & Time: 16 October, @ 05:40 AM UTC
Melbourne Renegades will clash against Hobart Hurricanes in the season opener for both two teams. In the 2020-21 season, both squads finished at bottom-two, with Melbourne at the number 7 spot with just 4 wins, and Hobart with a season-worst three wins. However, both teams made some changes in the offseason and look better in terms of team combination.
Hurricanes’ acquisitions: Hobart injected some life into its middle order by completing the overseas signings of Mignon du Preez and Richa Ghosh. Mignon averaged around 31.66 last season and can give impetus to a fragile middle-order last year. Ghosh made an impression with her stroke playing and quick run-scoring during the recent India-Australia series. In terms of bowling, a fast-bowling combination of Tayla Vlaemnick, Nicole Carey, and Belinda Vakarewa bring more than a decent amount of international experience.
Renegades’ acquisitions: Renegades made some major changes in the offseason, bringing in Eve Jones, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Harmanpreet Kaur. Meanwhile, the captain is going to be stalwart spinner Sophie Molineux. Rodrigues is going through her purple patch, and both Jemimah and Eve have turned up with match-winning innings recently. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur provides depth to the middle order. Meanwhile, the spin combination of Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux can pose multiple challenges to many teams.