Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat

Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat

January 27, 2020, Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

Melbourne Renegades take on Brisbane Heat in the final group stage game of Big Bash 2019-20. Brisbane Heat managed to stay alive after thrashing the Melbourne Stars by 71 runs at the MCG in their last game. However, Chris Lynn and Co’s job isn’t over just yet. The match at the Docklands Stadium is a do-or-die affair for the visiting team. They must beat Renegades in this game if they have to go ahead in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Renegades have returned to their dismal best in the last 2 games, despite winning 2 back to back games before them. They are coming on the back of a 7-wicket defeat against Sydney Sixers.

Ahead of the last game, the Heat would be remembering the batting collapse they suffered at the hands of the Renegades at the Gabba. In that game, the Heat lost their last seven wickets for seven runs. For the home team, they are left with no chance of progressing to the next round. Aaron Finch’s ton in their previous game went in vain and Renegades would wish to sign off positively.

Melbourne Renegades performance in Big Bash League:

The Renegades will hope to end the tournament on a positive note after a dismal tournament.

The Renegades have gone in with an unchanged squad. With Shaun Marsh and Sam Harper being ruled out, the onus will be on Aaron Finch to shepherd the batting. The likes of Beau Webster and Mohammad Nabi need to lend him the support. Cameron Boyce, their leading wicket-taker will be trying his performance against the Heat last time. Kane Richardson’s role will also be key.

Melbourne Renegades probable XI:

 Aaron Finch (C), Tom Cooper, Nathan McSweeney, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Samit Patel, Brayden Stepien (wk), Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson

Brisbane Heat performance in Big Bash League:

Heat managed to keep themselves alive in the tournament after beating Melbourne Stars in the last game to end a 3-game losing streak. A win here will in fact push them to 4th.

AB de Villiers was in his scintillating best form, as he smocked 6 sixes on way to his 37-ball 71 runs in the last game.

The Heat haven’t changed their lineup either. Chris Lynn is their leading run-getter with 373 runs, striking at 153.49. Matt Renshaw has 283 runs and has looked reasonable. AB de Villiers is also high on confidence after his maiden BBL half-century. Labuschagne’s role can’t be undermined. Ben Laughlin has 15 wickets, but at an economy of 8.77. Mujeeb and Swepson have to deliver as well.

Brisbane Heat probable XI:

Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Chris Lynn (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Pitch Report:

The pitch at the Docklands Stadium has been a sporting one thus far. Scoring in excess of the 150-run mark has been a norm. Moreover, the team batting second has gotten a fair bit of advantage. There are no chances of rain in Monday’s match. The conditions will be hazy with the temperature around the 23 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the high 50s.

Big Bash League Predictions: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat

  1. Brisbane Heat had lost their last seven wickets for seven runs when these 2 sides had met the last time.
  2. Renegades have lost 11 of their 13 games so far.
  3. Brisbane Heat have won just 1 of their last 4 games.
  4. Chris Lynn has scored 373 runs in the tournament. He is 11th at the moment but has a chance to move up in the batting chart.
  5. Shaun Marsh is 2nd in the batting chart but he is unavailable for the game which is the last for Renegades. It means he will move further down in the chart by the time the tournament is over.
  6. Ben Laughlin is Heat’s top wicket taker so far. He has 15 wickets, which is 10 less than the leading wicket taker of the tournament – Daniel Sams. Laughlin, 7 in the list, has a chance to climb up the ladder.

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