We are on the 3rd match of the Big Bash League 2022. Brisbane Heat will take on Melbourne Renegades in their first clash for this season. Both teams had disappointing seasons last year – the Heat finished seventh, while the Renegades were the wooden spooners – and will be eager to get off to a winning start.
The 3rd Match between Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades will take place on December 15th, 2022 at Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns.
Match Details to Note
Match: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades, 3rd Match, Big Bash League 2022-23
Date: December 15, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns
The Brisbane Heat have been perennial underachievers in the BBL, winning the title only once in 2012-13. Last season, they only won three of fourteen games and lost eleven.
This time around, the Heat have a lot of star power on their team. Sam Billings, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, and Matthew Renshaw have all joined the team. While Khawaja and Labuschagne will be absent for much of the tournament due to national duties, they should be back by the second leg. Meanwhile, Munro’s big-hitting ability and vast experience should allow him to fill the void left by Chris Lynn. Munro has scored 8917 runs in 357 T20s, including a 14-ball half-century. Another batter to keep an eye on is Sam Billings.
The Brisbane Heat’s weakness is their bowling attack, which can be pedestrian against top-tier batting sides at times. Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson and fast bowlers Mark Steketee and Xavier Bartlett have their work cut out for them.
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Sam Billings, Max Bryant, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Ross Whiteley, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Will Prestwidge, Josh Brown
Possible Playing XI:
Colin Munro, Jimmy Peirson (c & w), Sam Billings, Matthew Renshaw, Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett
The Melbourne Renegades have finished last in the last two seasons, unable to string together a string of victories. The Renegades have some good bowling options but are once again lacking in batting. Aaron Finch has been out of form for some time and will need to lead from the start. Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill are both experienced campaigners who contribute to the team’s batting stability.
The injury to Liam Livingstone is a major setback because the star English batter was in excellent form. However, West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell will take Livingstone’s place for the first four games, which should greatly benefit the Renegades. Russell, who has a T20 strike rate of 169, can provide quick cameos down the order while also bowling a few overs in the middle.
The Renegades will rely on Akeal Hosein, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Kane Richardson to deliver on the bowling front. Kane Richardson, the team’s leading wicket-taker last season, finished with 19 scalps.
Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Akeal Hosein, Liam Livingstone (withdrawn), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Nic Maddinson (c), Shaun Marsh, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Jon Wells, Jack Prestwidge, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Marcus Harris, Andre Russell (replacing Liam Livingstone, first four matches only), Martin Guptill (replacing Liam Livingstone, 10 group matches and finals), Corey Rocchiccioli, Peter Handscomb
Possible Playing XI:
Nic Maddinson (c), Aaron Finch, Sam Harper (wk), Shaun Marsh, Will Sutherland, Andre Russell, Mackenzie Harvey, Kane Richardson, Zak Evans, Akeal Hosein, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Toss Prediction
Because little is known about the pitch, the team that wins the toss is likely to field first, and chasing may be the better option in that case.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Pitch Report
Cairns’ Cazaly’s Stadium has only hosted two Tests and five ODIs thus far, and will host only one BBL game this season. Australia and New Zealand played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) here earlier this year. It was a low-scoring series, with Australia posting the highest total of 267-5.
Because no domestic games have been played at this venue, it is difficult to predict the exact nature of the wicket. However, the pitch should be fresh, which should benefit the batters. The spinners can contribute to the middle-overs.
A thunderstorm is expected in Cairns on the morning of the game, but we should be able to play the entire game.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction
Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades have played 15 BBL games against each other, with Brisbane Heat winning five and Melbourne Renegades winning ten.
Looking at the head-to-head battle, the Renegades have a clear advantage over the Heat – but looking at the current form and bench strength, the Brisbane Heat has a perfect mix of players and could win this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Brisbane Heat is the favourite to beat Melbourne Renegades at the odds of 1.75.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Mitchell Swepson is a wild card for the team, and if he can find consistency, he has the potential to change the fortunes of the Brisbane Heat.