Melbourne Renegades can boost their top-four ambitions as they bid to make it back-to-back wins against Brisbane Heat when they welcome them to the GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, in the Big Bash League. The match is scheduled for January 13 and the live action begins at 18:35 local time.
MLR vs BRH, BBL 2018-19: Where to watch/Live streaming
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Bat Flip Prediction
Melbourne won the bat flip when these sides played at the Gabba, and successfully elected to field first – as they have tended to whenever they win the toss.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2018-19.
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
While Aaron Finch’s brief return from international duty only lasted one game, he was replaced by another Aussie international last time out – Marcus Harris having returned from test duty. Cameron White has been the man to miss out in place of the two. Kane Richardson was initially in the squad for the match at the Gabba but dropped out with a hamstring injury with Joe Mennie making his first appearance of the season in his place.
MLR Key Players
Sam Harper hit an unbeaten half-century as the Renegades beat Brisbane Heat at the Gabba – his first T20 half-century – to back up a solid start to this year’s tournament. He has also hit scores of 36, 28 and 32 among his six innings so far.
Harper’s form meant there was no need for Mohammad Nabi with the bat, but he has made a few decent contributions lower down the order – including his unbeaten 26 in the win against Hobart Hurricanes and an unbeaten 48 against Adelaide Strikers.
Dan Christian is in a similar position – finishing not out on 25 in the win against Hobart, having hit 49 not out against the Strikers in a couple of decent partnerships with Nabi. Both men have contributed with the ball too – Christian taking 3-22 in the opening game against Perth Scorchers.
Kane Richardson is their top wicket-taker so far, with 11 from six matches, despite missing the game against Brisbane Heat with a hamstring injury. Usman Shinwari has eight from seven and a good economy rate of 6.14, while Cameron Boyce has seven and an economy rate of 5.92.
MRL Team Form
Melbourne Renegades have won four and drawn three matches in BBL 2018-19, having set the tone by bowling Perth Scorchers out for 103 in their first game on their way to a four-wicket win – Dan Christian and Kane Richardson sharing six wickets between them. Christian then starred with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 49 and Mohammad Nabi 48 not out in a five-wicket defeat of Adelaide Strikers.
Three consecutive defeats followed, including scoring just 99/9 from their 20 overs in reply to Sydney Sixers’ 132/7 before a seven-wicket loss in the Melbourne derby on New Year’s Day after posting 148/9. Their previous game in Geelong was another low-scoring effort – reaching just 126/9 in reply to 158/6.
Aaron Finch’s brief return ended the poor run – he scored 42 from 39 balls and Nabi and Christian completed the chase as the Renegades reached 150/4 to defeat Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets in the final over. And, last time out, they backed it up at the Gabba. Usman Shinwari (3-16) and Cameron Boyce (2-17) kept things tidy with the ball as Brisbane set a target of 144,and Sam Harper’s maiden T20 half-century led the reply as the Renegades took just 15.4 overs to seal an eight-wicket win.
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
Marcus Harris, Matthew Harvey, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Usman Shinwari
Brisbane Heat Team News & Playing 11
BRH Team News
Joe Burns returned in place of Marnus Labuschagne last time out, but with neither in the Australian ODI squad they are both available for the match at Geelong. The latter’s T20 record does not match his first-class form, however, and – after a duck in his only Big Bash appearance this season – it is likely to be Burns who gets the nod.
BRH Key Players
Captain Chris Lynn has impressed with his consistency and sat third on the top-scorers list after six innings with 247 across the tournament so far. He has hit two half-centuries and averages 41.13 after scores of 33, 29, 84, 33, 54 and 14.
Brendon McCullum is starting to tick now too, with back-to-back half-centuries against Sydney Thunder and now the Renegades. The New Zealander has now scored 53 50s in his T20 career.
Teenager Max Bryant has made some useful contributions too having debuted at the start of this year’s tournament. The 19-year-old has scored 22, 30, 34, 11, 36 and 18 in his six innings and has a good strike rate of 155.67.
Wickets have been hard to come by at times with the ball, but James Pattinson has taken four from his five matches so far. Mujeeb ur Rahman leads the spin attack, and the Afghanistan teenager has taken five wickets.
BRH Team Form
Brisbane Heat lost their first three matches of this season’s Big Bash League, losing by five wickets to Adelaide Strikers on the opening night before falling for 144 in reply to 159/6 in their second game and then failing to defend a Chris Lynn-powered 164/7 in a five-wicket, final over defeat to Sydney Sixers.
They bounced back against Perth Scorchers, after Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 2-10 from his four overs to restrict the opposition to 134/6, which they chased down for the loss of five wickets. That was backed up by a rain-affected win against Sydney Thunder – Brendon McCullum andLynn both hit half-centuries in a total of 186/8, though they had a batting collapse from 155/2 to 166/8, and rain halted the reply at 34/2 from 5.3 overs – 15 runs behind the DLS mark.
Brisbane could not back it up at the Gabba last time out, however – another McCullum half-century not enough as Melbourne Renegades chased 145 to win in just 15.4 overs.
Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing 11
Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MLR : W W L L L
BRH : L W W L L
MLR vs BRH Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades’ victory at the Gabba last time out was their eighth win in ten previous fixtures against Brisbane Heat, with Sam Harper’s half-century helping them chase 145 to claim a dominant eight-wicket win in 15.4 overs.
The Renegades won both of last season’s fixtures too, Tom Cooper top scoring with 65 not out and Kane Richardson claiming 4-35 with the ball in a 26-run win at the Gabba, after Cooper had also scored an unbeaten half-century in a seven-wicket win at Docklands.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Betting Odds
Melbourne Renegades have a dominant record in this fixture and are 1.80 with Bet365, Betfair and Betway to claim another win against Brisbane Heat – who are 2.00 to win.
Sam Harper top scored last time and is 4.50 to do so again with Betfair and Bet365, while Tom Cooper – who scored half-centuries in both wins against Brisbane Heat last year – is 6.50 with Betfair to be the Renegades top batsman.
With the ball, Usman Shinwari has quietly ticked along so far but was integral to the win at the Gabba. He is 4.00 to be Melbourne Renegades’ top bowler.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Prediction
Melbourne Renegades absolutely dominate this fixture and, after a comfortable win at the Gabba, can back that up in Geelong to keep themselves well-placed in the top four.
Final Verdict: Back Melbourne Renegades to beat Brisbane Heat at 1.80 with Bet365, Betfair and Betway.