Renegades fear Strikers' Rashid in semi

Adelaide Strikers spinner Rashid Khan is set for a key role in the Melbourne Renegades BBL semi.
Adelaide Strikers spinner Rashid Khan is set for a key role in the Melbourne Renegades BBL semi.

Melbourne Renegades captain Cameron White has no doubt who the Adelaide Strikers' key man will be in their BBL semi-final.

White has identified Strikers legspinner Rashid Khan as a potential trump card in the Adelaide Oval fixture.

The winner will meet the Hobart Hurricanes in Sunday's final.

But even if the Strikers advance, Rashid won't be available - he's been summoned to national duties for Afghanistan.

The 19-year-old tweaker has been a revelation in his first BBL campaign, taking 17 wickets at an average of 13 - no bowler has claimed more victims.

But White says at least he and his Renegades teammates had a look at Rashid when the teams met on January 22 in Melbourne and the Afghani took 2-26 in an Adelaide win.

"That is one good thing about playing in the round games - you get a bit of a look," White said.

"And you get all the data and all that analytical stuff about where you would be able to score best and how to go about it.

"Getting a look at him the other night, I think only a couple of us had faced him before. I know it was my first time.

"Hopefully, we will play him a bit better this time around but, no doubt, he's their key."

Rashid has also been miserly while collecting wickets, conceding an average of 5.52 runs an over.

And White said each Renegade batsman would have his own plans to score off the leggie.

"Most of the data suggests the sweep shot," he said.

"But it's really up to the individual. Everyone's scoring areas are different.

"You have to weigh up the conditions, whether it's spinning, whether it's sliding on - everyone will have a bit of a different plan."