The Brisbane Heat started their ongoing BBL campaign on a jittery note. But four victories, including a three-match winning streak, got them back on track. In their last game, the fought tooth and tail, but lost by three wickets to Sydney Sixers.
Moreover, they won’t be having the services of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has left due to national duties. Morne Morkel has joined them for the first time. Their next match is against the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday, January 14 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
On head-to-head count, the Renegades are leading the Heat by 10-3. The Renegades, however, are placed at the bottom of the table with nine points at a net run rate of -2.552. But their six-wicket win in their last game over the Adelaide Strikers should give them some confidence.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Canberra has been a belter for batting thus far. Scores over 200 have also been registered a few times. Chasing can be an option since the track isn’t expected to change nature during the course of the encounter.
The playing conditions will be sunny with the temperature around 27 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 30s with no chances of a downpour.
Average first-innings score
174 (7 unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 3; Lost – 3
Playing Combinations for HEA vs REN
Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (C), Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Pierson (WK), Lewis Gregory, James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Morne Morkel
Bench– Ben Laughlin, Lachlan Pfeffer, Tom Cooper, Sam Haezlett, Simon Milenko, Jack Wood, Xavier Bartlett
Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch (C), Sam Harper (WK), Mohammad Nabi, Jack Prestwidge, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Kane Richardson, Peter Hatzoglou, Noor Ahmad
Bench– Josh Lalor, Will Sutherland, Cameron Boyce, Rilee Rossouw, Benny Howell, Zak Evans, Mitchell Perry, Jon Holland, Brody Couch, Shaun Marsh
Probable Top Performers for HEA vs REN
Chris Lynn– Brisbane Heat
Chris Lynn has played only five matches for the Heat in the tournament. However, despite missing quite a few games, the veteran is their leading run-scorer with 223 runs at an average and strike-rate of 44.60 and 151.70 respectively.
He has two half-centuries to show for his efforts with a top score of 69. If the Heat are to secure their fifth victory, the Queenslander can’t afford to drop his guard.
Aaron Finch– Melbourne Renegades
Aaron Finch is yet to hit his straps in the BBL. After showing great form in the ODI and T20I series against India, the right-hander has tended to strain a wee bit. In eight matches, he has 146 runs at an average and strike-rate of 18.25 and 121.66 respectively.
It goes without saying the skipper needs to come to the party if the Renegades have to get back-to-back wins and get themselves double-digit points.
Match timings – 07:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Brisbane Heat to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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