Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Match 49 Preview: January 23, 2021
In this article, we preview Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, match 48 of the Big Bash League 10 at Melbourne on 26 January. Melbourne Renegades are currently at bottom of the points table with two wins in 11 matches played, while Brisbane Heat are three rungs above them with five wins in 10 matches.
Match Preview: What to Expect
These teams met earlier this BBL season at Canberra on 14 January 2021. Melbourne Renegades batted first in that game and were restricted to 149/6. Jake Fraser-McGurk (40 0ff 33 balls) and Beau Webster (50 off 40 overs) rescued their side with a 58-run stand after Renegades were reduced to 59 for 4. But Heat’s bowlers, especially Mark Steketee (2/24) kept the Renegades batsmen on a tight leash. Xavier Bartlett, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Kuhnemann, and Morne Morkel shared the other four wickets to fall.
When Heat batted, they got off to a good start with an opening stand of 46, in which Max Bryant contributed 23. When Chris Lynn was out for 50 off 40 balls, the scoreboard read 105 for 2 in 13.5 overs, and Heat had a good platform to build on. Joe Denly (31) and Joe Burns (31) ensured that the openers’ efforts didn’t go in vain, as Heat crossed the line with 5 wickets and 8 balls to spare.
Renegades will rely on Sam Harper (231 runs in 10 games) and Shaun Marsh (209 runs in 8 matches) to continue to guide the batting effort. Among Renegades’ bowlers, Richardson (12 wickets in 10 matches) and Imad Wasim (7 wickets in 7 games) have been the most impressive.
For Heat, their openers Chris Lynn (273 runs in 6 matches) and Max Bryant (243 runs in 10 matches) have been consistently among the runs. Mark Steketee (18 wickets in 9 matches) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets in 8 matches) have been Heat’s most successful bowlers.
Brisbane Heat have won 4 of their last 5 matches. That one loss came against defending champions Sydney Sixers, while the 4 wins were registered against Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers.
By contrast, Melbourne Renegades have lost their last five games, respectively, to Adelaide Strikers, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes.
Renegades have established a 10-3 advantage in the head to head comparison with Heat – see the table below. Despite the overwhelming h2h numbers in Renegades’ favour, Heat have displayed better form this season and must be considered favourites to win the contest on January 23. If Renegades are to overturn that sentiment, their key players must play to potential on the day.
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