Melbourne Renegades will lock horns with Brisbane Heat in a BBL fixture at the Marvel Stadium in Docklands on 23rd January.

The match is scheduled to start at 10:35 AM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD, and mobile viewers can also stream it live via the Sony Liv app.

Preview: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, 49th Match

Bottom-table Melbourne Renegades have had one of their most disappointing BBL seasons as they sit at the 8th spot with just 9 points to their name. The Renegades have played 11 BBL games so far and have managed to post a victory in just 2 of them. In their previous encounter against Melbourne Stars, the Stars won the game by 6 wickets at the MCG. It’s difficult for Melbourne Renegades to make it to the playoffs, but they’ll likely be making the progress of other teams difficult.

Speaking of Brisbane Heat, they’ve had a poor start but are performing quite well lately. In their previous 5 matches, the Chris Lynn led team has managed to post a victory in 4 games. But still, batting is one of the major concerns for the side as many of their batsmen have failed to perform consistently. So, every game from now will be like a knockout for the Heats.

Pitch report

The pitch at the Marvel Stadium tends to hold the ball, so the venue isn’t quite favorable for batting. But the chasing record at the venue has been good till now so the team winning the toss would likely choose to bowl first.

Weather report

The weather will be bright and sunny during the match day. An average temperature of around 56 degrees Celsius and humidity of around 43% is expected during the game.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at the Marvel Stadium is 155.

Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat probable XI

Brisbane Heat: Probable XI

Chris Lynn (C), Jimmy Peirson (WK), Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Morne Morkel, Mark Steketee.

Bench

Tom Cooper, Jack Wood, Matthew Kuhnemann, Sam Heazlett, Ben Laughlin, Lachlan Pfeffer, Simon Milenko.

Melbourne Renegades: Probable XI

Sam Harper (WK), Mackenzie Harvey, Jack Prestwidge, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmad, Kane Richardson.

Bench

Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Will Sutherland, Brayden Stepien, Jon Holland, Mitchell Perry, Josh Lalor.

Wicketkeeper: Sam Harper

Batsmen: Max Bryant, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly

All-rounder: Jack Wildermuth, Jack Prestwidge

Bowlers: Peter Hatzoglou, Mark Steketee, Kane Richardson, Morne Morkel

Top picks for Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat

Chris Lynn has been a key prospect for Brisbane Heat since his return from injury. In 6 matches, Lynn has aggregated 273 runs at an average of 45.50 and a strike rate of 145.99. His highest score in BBL 2020-21 is 69.

Mark Steketee has been phenomenal in the bowling unit of the Brisbane Heat. In 9 innings, Steketee has scalped 18 wickets at an economy rate of 8.52.

Aaron Finch couldn’t make much of an impact in BBL 2020-21, but he has the potential to destroy any bowling unit if he gets in his rhythm.

Kane Richardson has been a key asset for the Renegades. In 11 innings, Richardson has aggregated 15 wickets at an economy rate of just 8.  

Man of the Match prediction

Chris Lynn could be the Man of the Match in the next game.

Winner prediction

Melbourne Renegades had managed to bring a halt to their losing streak in a game against Adelaide Strikers, but it turned out to be a one-off as they lost their 2 games after that. Speaking of Brisbane Heat, they have been performing quite well lately. Also, they have a good lineup of batsmen to make most of the conditions on offer at the Marvel Stadium. While the bowling department is a bit hamstrung in the absence of Mujeeb, they can overcome it against the struggling Melbourne Renegades. So, Brisbane Heat is the team to back in the contest.

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Last Updated on January 30, 2021

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