The semi finals of the Big Bash 7 take place this midweek
Of the Big Bash clubs, the Adelaide Strikers have been the hardest hit for the semi finals, set to lose three players for national duties. This is an especially big blow for Jason Gillespie’s team ahead of a certain title-tilt.
The Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades have each lost two players
Thursday 1 February 8.40am UK time.
Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes
Perth Scorchers winning a low-scoring scrap against Adelaide is a fitting end to BBL history at the WACA: a venue that has become a fortress for the Scorchers. They leave the ground, now replaced by the new Perth Stadium for this game and potentially the final with a win percentage of 70% the fourth highest home venue win percentage in T20 cricket (minimum 25 matches)
Perth finished the group stages with 8 wins out of 10 to top the table and will be strong favourites to retain their title
Hobart edged into the post season with a 5-5 record primarily due to strong performances all competition from opening batsman D’Arcy Short and fast bowler Jofra Archer. Their form gives them a “punchers chance” here but only a week ago the Scorchers chased 168 to beat the Hurricanes at the WACA
Perth should win again at 8/11 with Bet365
Friday 2 February 8.40am UK time
Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades
Adelaide finished the group stages with a 7-3 record but as above have several absentees for the post season, not only the Australian players but also leg spinner Rashid Khan. Adelaide have relied on spin all competition
The Renegades finished 3rd in the group stages with 6 wins in 10 games and beat the Brisbane Heat in their last group game to make the semi finals scoring 187 and winning by 26 runs
The Renegades with Bravo and Pollard complementing the domestic players, are dangerous underdogs here. I like them to win at 11/10