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Match Preview: Renegades v Stars

12 January 2018

The Melbourne Renegades will be looking to bounce back after a last over loss to Perth, while the Stars are searching for their first win of the season.

Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Etihad Stadium

Friday January 12, 7:40pm

The squads:

Renegades: Brad Hodge (c), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Matt Short, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth

Stars: John Hastings (captain), Liam Bowe, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, Daniel Fallins, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright

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TV: Channel 10 from 7:30pm

The key match-ups:

Dwayne Bravo v Kevin Pietersen

They are the international stars and in the absence of some key players for both sides, the importance of Dwayne Bravo and Kevin Pietersen is only increased.  Bravo has been brilliant with the ball and will relish greater opportunity with the bat.  Pietersen has yet to fire but will eventually and the Renegades will be hoping its not tonight.

Mohammad Nabi v Ben Dunk

Nabi has featured early in the bowling innings for the Renegades in recent matches.  If that happens again he'll come up against Dunk who threatened when the sides met last week.  Nabi has proved an astute signing for the Renegades and will be hoping to finish on a positive note.

Tom Cooper v Glenn Maxwell

Without Cameron White and Aaron Finch, Tom Cooper's role in the top order will be significant.  He's averaging 48 with a strike rate of 135 throughout the Big Bash.  Maxwell's talents are well known.  Both players also offer handy spin options for their captains.

The form:

The Renegades are looking to sure up a finals berth and enter the clash with a 4-2 record.  The Stars are winless and seemingly out of the finals race.

The man to watch:

Brad Hogg will be looking to bounce back after the match against Perth.  His bowling numbers stack up well this season.  He's taken seven wickets and is conceding 7.4 runs per over.