In the 49th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10), Melbourne Renegades will take on Brisbane Heat at Docklands Stadium (Melbourne) on Saturday (23rd January) afternoon.
It will be their second meeting in this BBL season. They earlier met in this season at Canberra on 14th January (39th match), where Heat claimed a 5-wicket victory.
In the latest BBL points table, Melbourne Renegades are in the eighth or last position with 13 points in 12 matches. On the other hand, Brisbane Heat are standing in the seventh spot with 21 points in 12 games.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 49: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat – Match Preview
Melbourne Renegades have won only thrice in this BBL season out of their 12 matches while they have also suffered 9 defeats. They have no chance to qualify for the BBL 10 finals (top 5).
Only Shaun Marsh and Sam Harper have shown some good batting performances for this side. While Harper has scored 275 runs in 12 innings, Marsh has scored 272 runs in 10 innings. While Harper has scored two fifties, currently struggling Marsh has hit three half-centuries in this season. Captain Aaron Finch has mostly dull experience with his bat in this BBL season as he has scored 169 runs in 11 innings. In the late moment of this tournament, Mackenzie Harvey has scored 153 runs in 7 innings, including his heroic match-winning 47 not out in the last game.
Among their bowlers, Kane Richardson (11 innings) and Peter Hatzoglou (10 innings) have taken 15 wickets each in this BBL season. Also, Imad Wasim has got 8 wickets in eight games while Josh Lalor has bagged 6 wickets in six matches.
Talking about their latest changes in the squad, while Marcus Harris returned to the squad after completing his Test duties, Brody Couch (previously he was a replacement of Marcus Harris) retained his place in this squad as the new replacement of Mohammad Nabi.
Latest full available squad
Aaron Finch (C), Brody Couch, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Brayden Stepien, Will Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Beau Webster
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Won, Lost, Lost and Won
Brisbane Heat are also struggling in this BBL season as they have won five matches but lost 7 games. However, victories in the last two matches can secure their spot for the BBL 10 finals (top 5).
Skipper Chris Lynn and Max Bryant are their most consistent batsmen in this season. Lynn has scored 317 runs in 8 innings, including three half-centuries. Meanwhile, Bryant has managed to score 273 runs in 12 innings despite scoring only one 40s. Also, wicket-keeper batsman Jimmy Peirson has scored 193 runs in 11 innings, including one half-century.
Marnus Labuschagne just returned to the side after completion of Australia’s home Test series against India, who scored 28 runs and also took two wickets in the last game which was also his first match in this tournament.
Mark Steketee has bagged 19 wickets in 11 games of this season. However, they are now missing the Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who got 14 wickets in 8 games of this season before joining his national team. Also, Jack Wildermuth has picked up 13 wickets and Xavier Bartlett has managed to claim 10 wickets.
Latest full available squad
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (C), Morne Morkel, Lachy Pfeffer, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Won, Lost and Lost
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 49: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat – Match Prediction
In their head-to-head records, Melbourne Renegades are dominating over Brisbane Heat with 10-4 winning records. However, in their earlier meeting of this season, Heat won by 5 wickets.
Due to maintaining slight better form, Brisbane Heat are better favourite for this forthcoming BBL match.