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Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades won the toss and chose to bowl first
Melbourne Renegades beat Brisbane Heat by 5 wickets
Massive challenge for Brisbane Heat against Renegades
Melbourne Renegades to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Melbourne Renegades would count their opportunity as they take on the Brisbane Heat in the 37th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The Renegades won their last game against the Melbourne Stars, and they would be confident here. Brisbane Heat has become the latest side to be hit by Covid and they will have to field several new faces in this game.
Most of the Brisbane Heat players would be out of action in this game and this raises big concerns for the side. They will have to field an inexperienced group of players here and it won’t be easy for them against a full-strength Renegades. It would be interesting to see which of the players are available for selection for the Heat in this game, the betting apps in India are not favouring Brisbane for this game.
Nic Maddinson is back captaining the side and they come here with a win against the Melbourne Stars. The side made good use of the opportunity in the last game against a depleted Melbourne Stars side to win the game by 5 wickets. They again have a good opportunity here as Heat would find it difficult to put up a side and shall look to make the best use of it.
Aaron Finch played well in the last game and he would aim to set up a good opening wicket stand with Sam Harper. Shaun Marsh, Maddinson, and Mackenzie Harvey add good strength to the line-up and they will have an important role here. The side would also like to see a good hitting down the order from Mohammad Nabi and James Seymour.
Their bowlers did well in the last game with Reece Topley bowling tight lines with the new ball and he would look for a similar show sharing the new ball with Kane Richardson. Nabi has been unimpressive through the season and the side would want him to bowl better lines. Zahir Khan, Maddinson, and Jack Prestwidge shall look to exploit Heat’s weakness in the batting department.
Nic Maddinson (c), Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan, James Seymour
James Seymour, Aaron Finch, James Pattinson, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper, Will Sutherland, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Zahir Khan
They are the latest side to have been hit by Covid. Their last game against Sydney Sixers had to be postponed with 12 players in the squad having tested positive for the virus. The side would have to find replacement players for this game and it would be a tough challenge for them to gel well together in such a short period and produce a good show in this game.
It will be interesting to see which of the players are available for selection in this game as their batsmen had struggled previously. The silver lining for them would be the form of Melbourne Renegades bowlers. The side would have to bat well as replacement bowlers are likely to struggle as they would be playing their first game of the season.
On the bowling front, the side would like to see bowlers sticking to the basics. The Renegades batsmen have struggled in most parts of the tournament and the Heat bowlers would have to bowl good lines and lengths in this game to put up a good challenge in this contest.
Jack Clayton, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Fakhar Zaman, Will Prestwidge, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Lachlan Pfeffer, Jake Lehmann, Steven McGiffin, Ronan McDonald, David Grant
There would be cloud cover over Geelong on January 06 and conditions are expected to be tough for the batsmen. They will need to play to the merit of the ball. Fast bowlers are likely to enjoy the conditions in this game. The side batting first here shall need 160 or more on the board to feel confident.
Simonds Stadium, Geelong is a small ground and we have seen big scores being put up here. Batsmen have done well at this ground as the ball comes onto the bat nicely. There is good pace on the surface for the fast bowlers and they do well with the new ball. Spinners have struggled at this venue in the past. Expect wickets to fall late in this game and place your bets at the cricket betting sites for late wickets.
In the past, we have seen successful run chases at this venue. The wicket is good here and it allows batsmen to play their strokes freely. Setting up a score at this venue is always a massive challenge. The side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first at this ground.
It will be a big challenge for Brisbane Heat in this game. They would find it tough to assemble a squad for this game and the availability of their key players in this game remains a question at the moment. The Renegades would be able to field a full-strength squad for this game and having won their previous game they would start favorites here.
Melbourne Renegades to win
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