The 44th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades at The Gabba in Brisbane.
The match starts at 06:10 PM local time (08:10 AM GMT) (01:40 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:
The caravan of the Big Bash League rolls on and the 44th game will see Brisbane Heat play hosts to defending champions Melbourne Renegades at The Gabba on Sunday. The Brisbane Heat are back to their home turf where they will hope to shrug off what was a mauling at the hands of Adelaide Strikers during their trip to the oval by ten wickets.
But, the task wouldn’t be as straightforward. They will lock with Melbourne Renegades- a side who after having suffered nine back-to-back defeats, finally managed to pull one back when they beat Sydney Thunder by 12 runs (DLS method).
Unfortunately, it is expected to be a day of Thunderstorms in Brisbane on Sunday. According to the weather report, the city is expected to be lashed with consistent spells of rain throughout the day. While the temperature is set to be between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to hover around 71%. Chances of rain- 90%.
With the city set to be lashed with rain throughout the day, the bowlers may come into the picture thanks to the moisture on the pitch.
Average first innings score:– 136 [In the three T20s played at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
The Melbourne Renegades have retained the same 13-member squad that beat Sydney Thunder by 12 runs in the last game.
Brisbane Heat have added Sam Heazlett in their 13-man squad.
Probable Playing XIs
Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant/Sam Heazlett, Joe Burns, AB de Villiers, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, Mitchell Swepson/James Pattinson
Bench – Jack Prestwidge, Mitchell Swepson/James Pattinson
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (WK), Shaun Marsh, Beau Webster, Daniel Christian (C), Samit Patel, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Andrew Fekete, Jack Wildermuth
Bench: Tom Cooper, Joe Mennie
Brisbane Heat- Brisbane Heat will hope that the superstar duo of AB de Villiers and Chris Lynn turn up the geat at the Gabba. On the bowling side of things, James Pattinson, who claimed a five-wicket haul in his last outing at the Gabba should once lead the attack. He, along with Ben Laughlin will be key.
Melbourne Renegades: The trio of Shaun Marsh , Marcus Harris  and Sam Harper  were the cornerstones in the defending champions posting an eventual match-winning total of 4-172. They will once again hold the key for Renegades on Sunday.
Daniel Christian claimed three wickets in the last game while the likes of Andrew Fekete [1-13], Mohammad Nabi [1-35] and Samit Patel [1-23] chipped-in with one each. Nabi has troubled AB in the IPL in the past, and he might just hold the key against the Proteas legend on Sunday.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – AB de Villiers, Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn
Vice-Captain – Sam Harper, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Matt Renshaw
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jimmy Pierson
Batters – AB de Villiers, Chris Lynn (C), Shaun Marsh (VC), Beu Webster
All-Rounders- Dan Christian, Matt Renshaw
Bowlers – Cameron Boyce, Andrew Fekete, Ben Laughlin, Josh Lalor
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sam Harper
Batters – Marcus Harris, AB de Villiers (C), Shaun Marsh, Beu Webster
All-Rounders- Dan Christian (VC), Mohammad Nabi, Samit Patel
Bowlers – Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Both sides have got brilliant top-order batsmen like Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Shaun Marsh. Hence, opting for them as captain/vice-captain of your Dream11 Fantasy side would be a prudent punt.
Brisbane Heat is expected to come out as the winners.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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