BBL10 | Match Preview: Rejuvenated Renegades face desperate for points Heat
The Big Bash League is finally reaching a stage where teams can afford no more slip-ups and every match is more important than last all matches. Teams cannot afford to lose while those who have been losing cannot let the same form continue. In such a scenario the Melbourne Renegades, who finally tasted victory after losses would be up for a challenge against the Brisbane Heat, who have had a few things going in their favour off late.
Renegades to play the party poopers
After losing seven games on tarot, the Aaron Finch led Red Machine has been virtually kicked out of the tournament. But it is now that they would become the most dangerous side as they have nothing to lose now. A glimpse of that was seen in their last game against Adelaide where they beat the much-fancied side at its home turf.
In the last game, Mohammad Nabi played a huge role in the Reds’ victory, however, the President wouldn’t be there for this game due to national duties and it is at this moment that the young guns in Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, and Sam Harper need to make the fans believe that they are worth the investment. The departure of Nabi and Noor Ahmed will open up opportunities for the likes of Rilee Russow and Cameron Boyce to come back into the side and help it win a few games.
It is the lack of fear that is going to do the trick for the Renegades and make it dangerous for other sides that are still having the hopes of making it to the Playoffs.
Chris Lynn's Heat need to buckle up
The Heat has lost two close games to let things pass by now. The last game against the Sixers could have easily gone their way had they just kept their patience and held on to few catches. The Heat bowlers are bowling brilliantly and with the edition of Morne Morkel, the lineup would be strengthened even more.
However, it is the batting of the Heart that needs to pick pace and consistency needs to be their word in the dictionary. With Mujeeb not being there extra cushioning would be required for the bowlers and it is now that the huge hitters in skipper Chris Lynn, Lewis Gregory, and stylish pros in the form of Joe Burns and Joe Denly need to up their game and give Heat the much-required boost to keep their hopes of making it to the Playoffs alive.
Heat vs Renegades: Match Details
Match Number- 39
Date & Time- Jan 14, 2021, 1:45:00 PM IST, 08:15 AM GMT, 07:15 pm LOCAL
Venue- Manuka Oval
Broadcast: Sony Six and Sony LIV
The pitch at Manuka Oval has been great for t20 cricket as it promises all the fireworks as witnessed in today’s game but at the same time, it does not leave the bowlers unsatiated as well, always producing some juice to grip the bowl if they bowl at the right lengths. If today’s game was any indication of how the wicket is going to behave, then as viewers you are in for a tight game of T20 in the capital of Australia.
Weather and Bat Flip
The weather in the last game at the Manuka Oval between Sixers and Thunder did play spoilsport, but it is forecasted that for 14th January, Thursday, the weather is going to remain mostly sunny with clear skies and a maximum of five chances of a drizzle are there. In any case, chasing has been the favoured call of the captains and even though there is some grip in the dry Manuka wicket, chances are that captains winning the toss would choose to bat second.
Heat Strongest XI- Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Lewis Gregory, James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Morne Morkel, Jack Wood
Renegades Strongest XI- Aaron Finch (c), Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Beau Webster, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Rilee Rossouw, Imad Wasim, Jack Prestwidge, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Peter Hatzoglou