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Melbourne Renegades take on Brisbane Heat in match number 37 of this Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22. The Simonds Stadium in Geelong will be the venue for this game.
Melbourne Renegades won their first game by two runs against Adelaide Strikers but they then lost five games in a row and were lying low at the bottom of the points table. However, they had their game against Sydney Sixers washed out before they beat Melbourne Stars pretty convincingly to lift to the sixth spot on the points table. Thus, they will be looking to build on their last win and have a late flourish.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat have three wins and five losses so far. This will be the second successive game in as many days for the Brisbane Heat. Their game against Sydney Sixers was postponed by a day due to COVID-19 cases and in less than 24 hours, they will play this encounter. Hence, this could be a chance for them to gather momentum and get on a roll, threatening to enter the top few spots.
As far as the head to head record is concerned, Brisbane Heat have won just six games while Melbourne Renegades have returned with 10 wins. However, Brisbane Heat have won each of the last three games between these two sides.
Wins: Brisbane Heat 6, Melbourne Renegades 10, No Result 0
Last 5 matches: Brisbane Heat 3, Melbourne Renegades 2, No Result 0
Melbourne Renegades have relied heavily on a few players to get the job done. The batting hasn’t really turned up but every time Aaron Finch has fired, they seem to be in a better place with the bat. Mackenzie Harvey is the other batter who has fared decently and has a couple of half-centuries. But apart from that, there hasn’t been anything of note.
The bowling is dependent on Kane Richardson to get the bulk of the wickets. International recruits Reece Topley and Zahir Khan have done well too. Mohammad Nabi’s form with both bat and ball is a huge concern as the Afghan all-rounder just hasn’t turned up.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat’s batting hasn’t been any better either. Only Ben Duckett (2) and Chris Lynn (1) have recorded half-centuries in this BBL season so far and overall, the batting has been a huge let-down. However, the bowling has been pretty decent. Three bowlers have picked up 10+ wickets – James Bazley (11), Mark Steketee (10) and Xavier Bartlett (11).
Thus, with two vulnerable sides and batting line-ups, there may not be any clear favourites heading into this game. But with Brisbane Heat players returning positive COVID-19 tests, their squad could be rejigged and hence, the Melbourne Renegades may have a bit of an advantage.
Mark Steketee and Chris Lynn will be the ones to watch out for from the Brisbane Heat line-up. Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson might be the game-changing options from the Melbourne Renegades side.
Kane Richardson has been bowling really well and has returned with 12 wickets from six innings in this tournament.
Kane Richardson’s form makes him one of the top contenders to be the player of the match. Chris Lynn has a good record against the Renegades which makes him a decent candidate as well.
Chris Lynn has got starts throughout this tournament but a big score could well be around the corner for him.
|Jake Lehmann||c Mohammad Nabi b Kane Richardson||65||52||8||0||125|
|Jack Clayton||lbw Zahir Khan||15||15||3||0||100|
|Fakhar Zaman||c Zak Evans b Zahir Khan||3||8||0||0||37.5|
|Sam Heazlett||c Sam Harper b Mohammad Nabi||12||16||0||1||75|
|Tom Cooper||c Mackenzie Harvey b Mohammad Nabi||4||7||0||0||57.14|
|Lachlan Pfeffer||c Will Sutherland b Kane Richardson||6||6||0||0||100|
|Steve McGiffin||not out||14||11||1||0||127.27|
|Will Prestwidge||not out||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 6.4)||128/6|
|Sam Harper||b David Grant||0||3||0||0||0|
|Aaron Finch||c Ronan McDonald b David Grant||37||28||2||2||132.14|
|Shaun Marsh||c Fakhar Zaman b Mujeeb Ur Rahman||57||35||6||3||162.86|
|Nic Maddinson||not out||22||14||0||2||157.14|
|Will Sutherland||c Mujeeb Ur Rahman b David Grant||5||7||0||0||71.43|
|Mackenzie Harvey||c Jake Lehmann b Ronan McDonald||0||2||0||0||0|
|James Seymour||not out||3||1||0||0||300|
|Total||(15 Ov, RR: 8.6)||129/5|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||4||0||16||1||4||1||0|