In the 39th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Brisbane Heat will encounter Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 14 (Thursday). This will be the first meeting of the Brisbane Heat with Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades.
After having a disappointing start to the tournament, Brisbane Heat gained the momentum back as they maintained a three-match winning streak. But they are coming off from a defeat against Sydney Sixers, who are the current table toppers.
Chris Lynn-led Heat surely has the upper hand in the game against Melbourne Renegades, who are languishing at the bottom of the points table with seven defeats out of nine matches.
Here, let’s take a look at how Brisbane Heat’s Predicted XI shape in:
In the last match against Sydney Sixers, Max Bryant could not set up a match-winning partnership with his opening partner Chris Lynn. He was out after adding just 10 runs on the scoreboard.
In nine matches, he has overall scored 220 runs at the strike rate of 137.50. But he hasn’t scored a half-century this season. His highest score is 40 runs so far. The opener will look to redeem against Melbourne Renegades.
Chris Lynn (c):
After returning from injury, the skipper Chris Lynn has fired every opposition. In the last match after the early fall of his opener, he scored 56 runs off just 44 balls, smacking seven fours and one six at the strike rate of 127.27. But Brisbane Heat was bundled out for a below-par score of 148 runs.
Currently, he is the highest scorer for his team after playing only five matches. He will hope that all the players chip in to guide the side to victory against Melbourne Renegades.
Against Sydney Thunder, he stitched a match-winning partnership with Joe Burns and in process, registered maiden half-century of the season. But after that match, he hasn’t got a good sum of runs from his bat. In the last match, he was out for seven runs. Apart from batting, he is also a good bowling option but Brisbane Heat hasn’t used him as a bowler.
Joe Burns has returned to the Brisbane Heat after the Australia team released him from the ongoing Test series. After being out for one run in his first match, Burns registered the maiden half-century against Sydney Thunder which powered Heat toward the win. Against Melbourne Stars, he accelerated the innings, scoring 22 runs off 11 balls. He will look to play such more knock to gain confidence which he had lost during the Test series
Jimmy Peirson (wk):
Jimmy Peirson, who was leading the team in absence of Chris Lynn, hasn’t managed to charge up the innings in the last couple of matches. Against Sydney Sixers, he consumed 18 balls but was out after scoring 16 runs. Brisbane Heat will hope that he replicates the knock as he played against Adelaide Strikers, scoring unbeaten 69 runs in 36 balls.
The all-rounder Lewis Gregory has given useful contributions with both bat and ball. In the six matches, he has picked up six wickets, his best figure being 3/22. He has also played firey knocks like in the last match he scored 26 runs in 15 balls, striking one boundary and two giant sixes. He is going to play a vital cog for Brisbane Heat in the coming matches.
Bazley made his debut for Brisbane Heat against Hobart Hurricanes. He stitched a match-winning partnership with the captain Jimmy Peirson to take the game home after the collapse of the middle-order. The all-rounder scored unbeaten 31 runs, striking two fours and three sixes. But after that knock, he hasn’t managed to even score 10 runs in a match.
The fast bowling allrounder Jack Wildermuth’s best has come during his maiden match for Brisbane Heat that was against Sydney Thunders. He went on to play a rocket fueling knock, scoring 31 runs in 11 balls in which he struck four fours. Apart from batting, he was also economical and picked three wickets while gave away only 23 runs in his four overs quota. The franchise will want him to continue giving them success.
The right-arm pacer Mark Steketee has got the knack of picking wickets but he needs to learn the art of control the run rate. In seven matches, the 26-year-old pacer has picked up 16 wickets but at the poor economy rate of 8.86. He had leaked 40 runs in his four overs quota in the last match against Sydney Sixers.
Bartlett has given breakthroughs in crucial situations. His best has come in his second match of the season that was against Adelaide Strikers batting attack. The pacer picked three wickets while gave away 24 runs in his four overs quota to halt them for 150 runs. The speedsters need to replicate a similar performance against strong Sydney Sixers.
Mujeeb ur Rahman has ended the stint for his 10th season after playing the last match against Sydney Sixers. His place in the playing XI is likely to be given to Matthew Kuhnemann, who is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He has featured in four matches this season but hasn’t got many opportunities to bowl.