Match: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, (MR vs BH, Match #37)
Date: January 6, 2022 – 12:35 PM IST
Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
For those in India, you can catch all the live action of the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat match on Sony Six and Six HD at 12:35 PM IST. You can also watch it live on the online streaming application, Sony LIV.
Renegades vs Heat:
Melbourne Renegades will take on Brisbane Heat in match no. 37 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 at Simonds Stadium in Geelong. The two teams will clash in this return fixture on Thursday, January 6.
The Renegades are reeling in the bottom three on the points table, having won only two matches out of eight and facing defeat in five. They have 11 points to their name with a net run-rate of -1.367. They’re coming off a five-wicket victory in the Melbourne Derby on Monday and would fancy their chances for a playoffs spot heading into the second half of the tournament.
Brisbane Heat are sitting in fifth place with 17 points to their credit, having won three games and lost five. Five Bash Boost points have kept them good stead compared to both the Melbourne teams. Brisbane Heat’s last fixture against the Sixers on January 5 was postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak. Before that, they defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 14 runs.
Earlier in the season, the Heat defeated the Renegades by five wickets with 19 balls to spare. The Nic Maddinson-led Renegades will be looking to settle the score.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for MR vs BH
The Simonds Stadium in Geelong has hosted only five T20 matches, where the pitches were balanced with assistance for both bowlers and batters. The average first innings score from those five games reads 158. The highest total at the venue was 175/5 by the Renegades while the lowest of 111/8 belongs to Sydney Sixers.
The weather forecast in Geelong for this match on Thursday evening doesn’t look promising as there’s a 90% chance of precipitation. The temperature will be around 24° C and humidity around 74%.
Melbourne Renegades: Expected XI and Team News
One player from the Renegades camp was tested positive but the name has not been disclosed. James Pattinson is likely to return for this fixture. Reece Topley’s stint with the team has come to an end and is likely to be replaced by one of Jack Prestwidge or Josh Lalor.
Probable XI – Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper (wk), Nic Maddinson (c), Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge/Josh Lalor, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Zahir Khan
Brisbane Heat: Expected XI and Team News
Brisbane Heat have been hit badly with Covid-19 outbreak, leaving their squad down to three healthy players. With the names being undisclosed and plenty of local players coming in, it is pointless to predict their playing XI. Although one confirmed selection is that of Fakhar Zaman, who has just joined the team.
Probable XI – Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Abell, Jimmy Pierson (c/wk), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Kuhnemann
Head to head record of MR vs BH
Melbourne Renegades dominate this head to head rivalry against Brisbane Heat, having won 10 matches and lost six. In the last five clashes, however, the Heat have claimed victory in three games.
Melbourne Renegades – 10
Brisbane Heat – 6
Match 37: Five players to watch out for in the MR vs BH match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
Aaron Finch: Batter, Melbourne Renegades
Aaron Finch is amongst the biggest names in Australia in the T20 format. He has an outstanding record in the Big Bash League, having scored 2559 runs at an average of 34 at a rate of 135. Finch had scored 127 runs in four innings in this edition, averaging 32 with two half centuries. Finch costs 10 credits and can be a good C/VC option.
Kane Richardson: Bowler, Melbourne Renegades
The third highest wicket-taker in the history of the BBL, Kane Richardson has been a key part of the Renegades in the last few years. He has snared 110 wickets in the league from 86 matches at an economy of 7.90. Richardson has been superb in this edition as well, picking 12 wickets from six innings. He comes at 9.5 credits and can be a good VC option.
Nic Maddinson: Batter, Melbourne Renegades
The Renegades skipper has missed a few games in the season but is amongst the highest fantasy points earners from the Renegades side. He has scored 96 runs from five innings at an average of 19 but has picked five wickets with the ball. With a lot of all-round value, Maddinson is a must have player. He costs 9 credits.
Fakhar Zaman: Batter, Brisbane Heat
The Pakistan import will make his debut in the Big Bash League. Fakhar Zaman has a very good record in T20 cricket with 4300 runs from 175 matches, averaging 27 while striking at 133. He has registered one hundred and 28 fifties in the format. Fakhar will cost 9.5 credits in the MPL XI.
Mackenzie Harvey: Batter, Melbourne Renegades
The promising young batter has been superb for the Renegades in the ongoing edition. Mackenzie Harvey is the top run-getter for the team with 214 runs from seven innings at an average of 43 and strike rate of 118. He has scored two fifties in the season and comes at 9 credits in the MPL XI.
MPL Fantasy XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams