The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for a the surging Brisbane Heat’s clash with battling Melbourne Renegades in Canberra.
History: Played 12: Renegades 9 V Heat 3
Last meeting: January 27, 2020: Renegades d Heat by 7 wickets at Marvel Stadium
Final Thoughts: Brisbane Heat head into a must-win clash as they compile a late bid for a BBL|10 playoffs spot, taking on a Melbourne Renegades side that needs a minor miracle to qualify for the finals.
The sixth-placed Heat are sixth, but just three points behind the Hurricanes with a game in hand. Their impressive three-match winning streak was halted by a nail-biting three-wicket loss to the Sixers on Sunday.
Chris Lynn (56 off 44) starred in an otherwise disappointing Brisbane innings. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/16), James Bazley (2/17) and Jack Wildermuth (2/26) bowled superbly, but the Sixers reached the target of 149 on the last ball of the match.
Skipper Lynn has posted 30-plus in each of his three digs since returning from injury, top-scoring for the Heat in their last two outings. He has not been dismissed for less than 20 in his innings this season.
The last-placed Renegades snapped an excruciating six-game losing streak with a six-wicket victory over the Strikers last Friday.
A blistering, unbeaten 71 off 41 balls from Mohammad Nabi led the Renegades to the second win of the campaign with one ball to spare. Reaching the challenging target of 178 represented easily the Renegades highest batting total of BBL|10 and was an impressive bounce-back after being bowled out for just 89 and 111 in their previous two losses.
Renegades aim to cool off Heat again
The wooden-spoon Renegades won only three games during BBL|09. Two of them came against the second-last Heat.
Cameron Boyce’s brilliant 4/15 with the ball spearheaded Melbourne’s 44-run victory at The Gabba. The Renegades set a target of 165, despite Beau Webster top-scoring with only 36. Sam Heazlett (56 off 37) played a lone hand as the Heat was bowled out for 120.
Aaron Finch (63* off 49) dominated in the ’Gades’ seven-wicket win in the last game of the regular season.
But the Heat, $1.78 favourites here, should be too strong. Expect Lynn to again lead from the front.