Thursday’s Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for the in-form Brisbane Heat’s home clash with the Melbourne Renegades.
History: Played 9: Renegades 7 V Heat 2
Last meeting: January 27, 2018: Renegades d Heat by 26 runs at The Gabba
Final Thoughts: The Brisbane Heat will look to keep their recent resurgence rolling when they host the Melbourne Renegades.
The 2-3 Heat sit second-last but have a couple of games in hand and have won their last two.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s miserly 2/10 led Brisbane to a five-wicket upset of the Scorchers in Perth. After a quiet campaign so far, Brendon McCullum (56 off 35) and Chris Lynn (54 off 30) fired as the Heat posted 8/186 against the Thunder – who fell 15 runs short of a revised target – on Tuesday.
The 3-3 Renegades are fifth after losing three of their last four games. But they are coming off an impressive six-wicket upset of the previously-unbeaten Hurricanes on Monday.
Kane Richardson (3/38) and Test discard Aaron Finch (42) were the standouts as the Renegades ran down the target of 146 with four balls left.
Finch is back with the ODI squad, while the Heat are unencumbered by international duty.
The Renegades have won their last six straight against the Heat, including two encounters last season.
Jack Wildermuth (3/16), Cameron White (51) and Tom Cooper (52*) starred in a last-ball, seven-wicket victory in Melbourne. Cooper blasted 65* off 36 to steer the Renegades to 3/187 at The Gabba, while Kane Richardson’s 4/35 helped dismiss the Heat for 161.
The Heat’s return to batting form is an ominous sign for the Renegades and the hosts look good value as narrow favourites. Meanwhile, Lynn is averaging 46.60 – including fifties in two of his last three outings – and is set to unleash in front of the Gabba faithful.