Usman Khwaja’s and Marnus Labuschagne’s brilliant knocks propelled the Brisbane Heat to the BBL 2022-23 Qualifier. The Heat will travel to Melbourne to face the Melbourne Renegades. The Qualifier will take place at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on January 29th at 1:45 p.m. The winner will face the loser of the match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers.
Will the Renegades add to their three wins in the last three games against the in-form Heat?
The Knockout between Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat will take place on January 29th, 2023 at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, Knockout, Big Bash League 2022-23
Date: January 29, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne
After finishing eighth in each of the previous three seasons, the Renegades have finally turned the tide. Despite their inconsistency, Aaron Finch and Tom Rogers’ form could propel them to the Challenger. Aaron Finch is currently the tournament’s third-highest run scorer, with 418 runs at a strike rate of 122.58. This season, the retired international has four half-centuries, including two in the last two games. However, no other Renegade player has been as consistent. With Martin Guptill and Shaun Marsh scoring at a strike rate of 112, the middle order of the Renegades will face a difficult task against the Heat.
Sam Harper is our pick to be the starting batter. Despite scoring 1, 3, and 8 in the last three games, Harper had two back-to-back half-centuries before that. Furthermore, his strike rate of 145.78 and scoring rate of 145.78 will be crucial against the Heat. Will Sutherland should be drafted at number five. Sutherland has scored 203 runs from the bottom of the order at a strike rate of 156.15, the highest among Renegades players. He has 7 wickets with the ball and an economy rate of 8.21.
With Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers will lead the Renegades bowling unit. Rogers is the fourth leading wicket-taker this season, with 21 wickets at an economy of 8.23. Spinners Corey Rocchiccioli and Fawad Ahmed will be in the starting lineup. In the last three games, both have taken five wickets. Ahmed, who took three wickets in the previous game, is the Renegades’ most economical bowler, with an economy of 6.41.
Martin Guptill, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Fawad Ahmed, Kane Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Jonathan Wells, Marcus Harris, Sam Harper, Matt Critchley, David Moody, Thomas Stewart Rogers, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans, Mackenzie Harvey, Jack Prestwidge, Corey Rocchiccioli, Ruwantha Kellepotha
Players to watch out for:
Watch out Aaron Finch, Sam Harper and Tom Rogers for Melbourne Renegades in this match.
Possible Playing XI:
Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Critchley, Will Sutherland, Jonathan Wells, Tom Rogers, Corey Rocchiccioli, Kane Richardson, Fawad Ahmed
No one would have predicted the Heat playing the Knockout game at the end of the first half this season. However, they won 5 of their last 6 games to qualify for the Knockouts for the first time since the League’s format change. And credit goes not only to the middle order, but also to the bowlers who ensured that the batting efforts were not in vain. Usman Khwaja and Marnus Labuschagne both scored 94 and 73 runs in the previous game, respectively. Khwaja has now scored 190 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 141.29.
The Heat’s middle order will consist of Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, and Jimmy Pearson. Renshaw scored 24 runs in 8 deliveries in the elimination game. Pearson leads the Heat in run scoring with 324 and a strike rate of 118.68. Our top picks for batters to watch will be Sam Hain and Labuschagne.
Michael Neser’s form is a plus for the Heat. This season, Neser has 22 wickets at an economy of 8.45. In the last four games, he has taken 11 of the 22. He is our pick for the Heat’s best bowler. James Bazely and Matthew Kuhnemann are the other two options to complete the quota in 8 overs. So far, the pair has taken 28 wickets at an economy of 7.75. Nesser is our pick for best bowler.
Usman Khawaja, Ross Whiteley, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson, Sam Hain, Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Matthew Kuhnemann, Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Spencer Johnson, Nathan McSweeney, Will Prestwidge, Josh Brown
Players to watch out for:
Watch out Sam Hain, Jimmy Pearson and Micheal Nesser for Brisbane Heat in this match.
Possible Playing XI:
Josh Brown, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Michael Neser, James Bazley, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Toss Prediction
Teams have chased the target four times in the five games played at the Showground Stadium. It is typically a low-scoring ground. The highest score at this location is 143 runs. Surprisingly, only 18 wickets have been taken in the second innings. The team winning the toss should bowl first.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Pitch Report
The Knockout will begin at 1:45 p.m. IST on January 29th at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The stadium has a seating capacity of 48000 people and has already hosted 12 ODIs and five BBL games this season. This season’s highest score at Docklands Stadium is 175.
The sky will be overcast. Showers are predicted to fall throughout the day. The temperature will be between 17 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind will blow at 10-15 km/h from the south. The pitch is considered fast in the first inning. It provides a high bounce and swings in the early stages for pacers. Pacers have taken 42 of the 58 wickets that have fallen on this ground.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Prediction
According to the statistics, the Brisbane Heat has accomplished a lot in the last six games. They have five of these six. Along with the bowlers, their entire batting lineup has contributed to these victories. And Usman Khwaja and Marnus Labuschagne’s innings in the Eliminator demonstrated that international experience would be crucial in the knockout games.
This season, the Melbourne Renegades have a good record against the Miami Heat. The issue, however, is the inconsistency and failure of the top-order. If Finch does not score against the Renegades, it will be difficult for them to maintain their winning streak. The Renegades have won four of the five games played at Docklands Stadium. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Melbourne Renegades is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.85.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Aaron Finch scored his fourth half-century of the season (63*) in the last match to complete the chase in 18 overs with 6 wickets in hand. We recommend picking him as the top batsman for Melbourne Renegades.