Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat
BBL T20 Match Prediction & Tips
Time: 21 Dec, 01:45 PM (IST)
Series: BBL T20 Match
Venue: Simonds Stadium – Geelong, Australia
Nic Maddinson scored 87 runs from 49 balls and took the Player of the Match Award when these teams met in Match 3. Opening the batting, the captain is our tip for Melbourne Renegades’ highest run scorer in this game. With the ball, Akeal Hosein caused the Brisbane Heat batters plenty of problems in the last clash and the spinner is well worth backing as the Renegades’ top wicket taker in Match 10.
Colin Munro averaged 43.33 in last season’s BBL and hit an encouraging 35 runs from 30 balls on his Brisbane Heat debut last week. He is our pick for Brisbane Heat’s highest run scorer against Melbourne Renegades. All-rounder James Bazley took 2-19 in Match 3 and he is a strong choice for Brisbane Heat’s top wicket taker in this fixture.
On a pitch expected to turn, we recommend backing Akeal Hosein to take over 1.5 wickets in this game.
This match will be shown live on Sky Cricket, FoxTel and the Sony Network.
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Weather & Pitch Report:
Humidity levels will rise in the second half of the game with plenty of cloud cover. Expect the temperature to be in the high teens for the majority of the match.
Spinners have traditionally had the most success on this pitch although it does offer bounce. It is a strong batting wicket with a par score likely to be over 185.
From the six BBL games played at this venue, four have been won by the team batting second. With dew more likely in the second innings, we expect both captains to choose to field first.
Team Form in the Last Matches:
W, W, L, L, L
L, L, L, L, L
REN Team News:
After having to wait eight games to pick up their second victory of the competition last year, Melbourne Renegades are already looking far better in the 2022-23 season. Experienced batter, Sean Marsh, is still a week or so away from being in contention in his rehabilitation from a calf injury.
HEA Team News:
Jimmy Peirson’s side will once again be without their Australian international trio of Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja as they prepare for the second Test against South Africa. There are no injury worries in the squad ahead of this match.
2. Nic Maddinson(C)
3. Jake Fraser-McGurk
4. Aaron Finch
5. Jonathan Wells
6. Andre Russell
7. Akeal Hosein
8. Will Sutherland
9. Tom Stewart Rogers
10. Kane Richardson
2. Josh Brown-I
3. Colin Munro
4. Sam Billings(WK)
5. Jimmy Peirson(WK)(C)
6. Ross Whiteley
7. James Bazley
8. Mark Steketee
9. Xavier Bartlett
10. Matthew Kuhnemann
11. Mitchell Swepson
REN Team Updates
Sam Harper and Nic Maddinson will probably open the inning.
Nic Maddinson is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
Jake Fraser-McGurk will bat at the one-down position.
Aaron Finch and Jonathan Wells will handle the middle-order batting.
Aaron Finch was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
Nic Maddinson will lead the Melbourne Renegades as a Captain. He is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
Sam Harper will do the Wicket Keeping for Melbourne Renegades.
Akeal Hosein and Tom Stewart Rogers will lead the pace attack of his team.
HEA Team Updates
Max Bryant and Josh Brown-I will probably open the inning.
Colin Munro will bat at the one-down position.
Sam Billings and Jimmy Peirson will handle the middle-order batting.
Jimmy Peirson will lead the Brisbane Heat as a Captain. He is also a good Wicket-Keeper
Sam Billings will do the Wicket Keeping for Brisbane Heat.
Matthew Kuhnemann and Mitchell Swepson will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
Matthew Kuhnemann is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
Mark Steketee and Xavier Bartlett will lead the pace attack of his team.
After winning both of their opening games, Melbourne Renegades will be looking forward to this match and will have no fear of facing Brisbane Heat again. Heat have had to patiently wait for their second fixture and we expect them to be stronger than in the first but still lacking a bit in the bowling department. Overall we are predicting a victory for Melbourne Renegades.
Melbourne Renegades are favorites to beat Brisbane Heat
REN Key Players:
Nic Maddinson –
The skipper is looking in fantastic form with scores of 87 and 39 so far in the campaign. He will enjoy the batter friendly surface in Geelong in this game.
Aaron Finch –
The experienced right-hander took the Player of the Match Award on Sunday after hitting 70 not out from 43 balls to take the Renegades home against Sydney Thunder.
Akeal Hosein –
The slow left-arm spinner has already picked up four wickets in the tournament and will be encouraged by the history of spin bowlers picking up wickets at this venue.
HEA Key Players:
Colin Munro –
The experienced New Zealander hit 35 runs from 30 balls in the opening game and will be keen to register his first half-century for Brisbane Heat in this match.
Jimmy Peirson –
The skipper has plenty to deal with as he also doubles-up as the keeper-batter for the team. However, he top scored for his side hitting four boundaries in Match 3.
James Bazley –
The bowling all-rounder contributed with bat and ball in the defeat against the Renegades. He will score runs quickly and be a wicket-taking threat again in this game.
REN Team Form:
Adelaide Strikers have had a great start to this campaign with wins by margins of 51 runs and 124 runs so far.
HEA Team Form:
Brisbane Heat have lost their last seven BBL fixtures with their last victory coming in Match 29 of the 2021-22 season on New Year’s Day.
Melbourne Renegades (REN):
Sam Harper(WK), Nic Maddinson(C), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Will Sutherland, Tom Stewart Rogers, Kane Richardson, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Marcus Harris, Corey Rocchiccioli, Mackenzie Harvey, David Moody, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Peter Handscomb(WK), Zak Evans, Jack Prestwidge
Brisbane Heat (HEA):
Max Bryant, Josh Brown-I, Colin Munro, Sam Billings(WK), Jimmy Peirson(WK)(C), Ross Whiteley, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson, Sam Hain, Usman Khawaja, Spencer Johnson, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Nathan McSweeney, Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Will Prestwidge