The 39th match of BBL 2020-21 will be played between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades at the Marvel Stadium, Docklands on 14th January 2021.

The striking battle between the two sides will start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

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Preview: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades

The 39th match of the BBL will be a distinctive one as it will be played between two teams that are currently placed at the bottom half of the point table. While the Brisbane Heat is occupying the 6th position, the Renegades have retained the bottom position on the table.

For the Renegades, the tournament is only becoming worse as the season is progressing. They’ve played 9 BBL matches so far, of which they were able to register a victory in just 2 of them. Speaking of their last five encounters, they’ve failed to stop their opponents in five of them.

Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, has a slight edge over the Renegades. Brisbane Heat has won 4 of the 9 matches they’ve played and have 16 points to their name. In their last match, they lost the game to Sydney Sixers by 3 wickets at the Metricon Stadium.

Weather report

The weather at the Marvel Stadium on Thursday will be mostly cloudy, but no showers are expected. A temperature of around 21 degree Celsius and humidity around 49% is expected during the game.

Pitch report

The upcoming clash between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades will be the first game at the Marvel Stadium this year. The pitch of the stadium is typically on the slow side, but chances are that there will be an improvement in the surface this year.

Injury and availability updates

After being out for six matches, Captain Chris Lynn is expected to make a return on January 14.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the Marvel Stadium is 158.

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades probable XI

Brisbane Heat: Probable XI

Chris Lynn (c), Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Jack Wildermuth, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett.

Bench

Connor Sully, Jack Wood, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin, Jack Sinfield, Lachy Pfeffer, Simon Milenko, Joe Denly.

Melbourne Renegades: Probable XI

Aaron Finch (C), Sam Harper (WK), Mohammad Nabi, Mackenzie Harvey, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Jack Prestwudge, Kane Richardson, Noor Ahmad, Peter Hatzoglou

Bench

Rilee Rossouw, Imran Tahir, Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Marcus Harris, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, James Pattison, Will Sutherland

Wicketkeeper: Sam Harper

Batsmen: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Mackenzie Harvey

All-rounder: Mohammad Nabi, Jack Wildermuth

Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kane Richardson, Peter Hatzoglou, Mark Steketee

Top picks for Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades

Sam Harper was a key member of the Renegades’ Squad in BBL 09, and this season is no exception. In 9 innings this year, the wicketkeeper has aggregated 158 runs at an average of 19.75 and a strike rate of 117.04. This decent score of 158 comprises 3 sixes and four boundaries. As far as the fielding is concerned, Harper has 6 catches and 1 stumping to his name.

Having donned Teal for the third consecutive season, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been a great prospect for his side so far. In 8 innings, Mujeeb has scalped 14 wickets at an economy rate of 6.27. The off-spinner has also managed to garner the Player of the Match title in this BBL season.

One of Afghanistan’s most celebrated cricketers, Mohammad Nabi has had a decent start in BBL 2020-21. In 7 matches, the all-rounder has aggregated 149 runs at an average of 24.83 and strike rate of 126.43. When it comes to bowling, Nabi has scalped 4 wickets at an economy rate of 9.33.

Man of the Match prediction

Chriss Lynn could garner the ‘Man of the Match’ title in the game.

Winner prediction

Both Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades have good batsmen in the form of Sam Harper and Chris Lynn. So, it’s no surprise that the upcoming clash would be an intriguing one. As for their last five encounters, Brisbane Heat has managed to post a victory in three games whereas Melbourne Renegades have won just a single game. Hence, it’s likely that Brisbane Heat will win the upcoming game at the Marvel Stadium.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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