The Melbourne Renegades will defeat Brisbane Heat yet again to record their 7th win in a row against the team from BrisbaneBET NOW
The Melbourne Renegades are set to meet Brisbane Heat for the 2nd time this BBL season within the span of just 3 days. The match will be played at the Geelong Cricket Ground in Geelong and it will be an important fixture for both the teams. This is the 29th match for the season and we are well into the halfway stage of the tournament. Today cricket match prediction tips from Premium Cricket looks at how the teams have fared thus far and the composition of the teams, in order to predict which team will emerge victorious at the end of the night.
The 1st meeting between the two teams this year was at the Gabba in Brisbane on the 10th of January. Brisbane Heat was put in to bat 1st by Tom Cooper, the Stars captain. Max Bryant and Brendon McCullum took the side off to a circumspect start before Bryant perished after scoring 18 off 16 deliveries. Captain Chris Lynn added 29 runs with McCullum but progress was painstakingly slow. When McCullum finally fell for 50 off 47deliveries the total read 109 in 16 overs. Ben Cutting used the long handle for good effect scoring 20 off 10 deliveries but they lost 4 wickets for just 5 runs to finally end up at 144 for 8. Usman Shinwari was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 16 from 4 overs while Cameron Boyce captured 2 for 17 in his allocation of 4 overs.
The Renegades got off to a fast start with Marcus Harris and 18-year-old Mackenzie Harvey putting on 37 in just 3.4 overs. Ben Cutting had a horrific accident on the field when he missed a ‘steepler ‘ off Harris’s bat which burst through his hands to slam onto his face. He left the field with a broken nose and a bloodied face but later returned to join his teammates out in the middle. Sam Harper with 56 off 40 deliveries added 106 runs for the 3rd wicket along with Tom Cooper who made 36 runs. The Renegades had little trouble in overhauling the target scoring the required runs in just 15.2 overs.
We through our Cricket Prediction expected Brisbane Heat to defeat the Renegades at Brisbane. We were proven to be wrong! With that win, the Melbourne Renegades jumped up to the 2nd position from being 6th in the league standings. Another comprehensive could see them rise up to the 1st position with 1o points and a better NRR than that of the Hurricanes. A win for Brisbane Heat could see them jump up one spot and a comprehensive win could see them move even 2 places up the table. So, there is a lot to play for, for the 2 teams.
Simon Harper with his knock of 56 not out against Heat in the last match has become the leading run-scorer for the Renegades. He has scored 183 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 142.96. Dan Christian and Mohammad Nabi have been the leading run-scorers for the Renegades till the last match and since they didn’t get a hit out in the middle they are still at 125 runs apiece in 6 innings. They wouldn’t mind as long as the top 4 batters get the job done for them. Cameron White has been dropped from the playing 11 while Tom Cooper has finally begun to find some form with the bat. He will be determined to do well which will mean that the Renegades middle order is in a great position to push on from a good start.
Kane Richardson’s 3 wicket burst has pushed him up to 3rd spot in the wicket-takers list for this season. He has captured 11 wickets at an average of 17.81 with best bowling figures of 3 for 22. Usman Shinwari now has 8 wickets in 7 matches following his 3 wicket burst against Brisbane Heat during the last match. Jack Wildermuth, the other left-arm pace bowler in the side has 6 wickets at an average of 27.66 per wicket. Dan Christian, Mohammad Nabi, and Cameron Boyce have contributed with the ball at some point in time and will be expected to trouble the Brisbane batsmen with some intelligent spells of bowling.
Captain Chris Lynn is the leading run scorer for Brisbane Heat with 247 runs and he is about 100 runs clear from the next best, Max Bryant. The addition of Brendon McCullum has added a new dimension to the Heat batting and given more freedom for Lynn to express himself in the middle order. A solid 40 to 50 score from McCullum and a bash from Lynn, Peirson, and Cutting, in the end, could see Brisbane Heat go on to put a sizable team score on the board.
The problem for Brisbane Heat has been with their bowling. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the top wicket-taker with 5 wickets while James Pattinson and Ben Cutting have captured 4 wickets apiece. Fast bowler Ben Doggett and Josh Laylor have done well with the ball since coming into the side. They too have not been able to penetrate into opposition batting lineups and will need to find ways of capturing wickets rather than just trying to contain the scoring rate.
The online cricket prediction for this match forecasts a win for the Renegades. We can safely presume that the Renegades have the upper hand especially looking at the carnage they inflicted on Brisbane Heat during the previous match. If you agree, do go ahead and place your cricket prediction bets at Premium Cricket website.