The final of BBL08 will be a Melbourne derby as the Renegades and Stars battle to lift the title for the first time at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
The Stars upset top-ranked Hurricanes in Hobart in the first semi-final on Thursday before the Renegades won a thriller at Marvel Stadium against the Sydney Sixers to book a first-ever appearance in a Big Bash League final.
Head to Head
Melbourne Stars have dominated their rivals in head to heads, winning 11 of the 15 meetings. That includes winning six of the seven meetings to have taken place at Marvel Stadium. Following a seven-wicket win at the MCG on Boxing Day and a six wicket win at Marvel Stadium, the Stars have now lost just two of the last 12 games against the Renegades.
Renegades have won only one of the seven head to head matches played at Marvel Stadium
That win came back in December 2012.
Stars have a 11-4 winning record over the Renegades, winning the last three in a row.
Renegades have won four of their six matches at this venue in BBL08.
The Renegades ended the league season second in the points tally (W8, L6) behind Hobart Hurricanes. A better run rate gave them a home semi-final and the Renegades made the best use of that to rech the BBL final for the first time.
Riding on the performances of Cameron Boyce (2/33), Aaron Finch (44) and Daniel Christian (31* off 14), the Renegades booked their first-ever BBL final appearance with a three-wicket win over the Sydney Sixers.
Only a last league match win helped the Stars (W7, L7) qualify for the semi-final. They then stunned the favourites the Hurricanes at the Bellerive Oval by six wickets. Daniel Worrall (4/23) and Glenn Maxwell (43*) were the architects of the Stars’ passage to just a second ever BBL final appearance.
For the Renegades, only Sam Harper (335 runs) has passed 300 runs, but captain Aaron Finch (207 runs) adds experience to the squad. Kane Richardson (24 wickets) has been sensational throughout BBL08, while Cameron Boyce (14 wickets) has proven difficult to hit.
Marcus Stoinis (494 runs, 14 wickets) has been the cornerstone of the Stars’ success this season. Glenn Maxwell (330 runs) has scored vital runs as the tournament progressed, while the control of Sandeep Lamichhane (11 wickets) and Adam Zampa (12 wickets) gives them an edge.
Both sides are in good form coming into this game with the Renegades having won four of their last five and the Stars having won five of their last seven games.
It could boil down to how well the Australian national team players perform for their respective sides – Stoinis, Maxwell and Finch. However, keep an eye out for the young guns Harper and Lamicchane.
Prediction: Stars to score most sixes ($1.83 MadBookie)