Brisbane Heat have claimed back-to-back wins on the road and now seek a third straight victory they return home to face Melbourne Renegades at The Gabba on Thursday.
The Heat have turned around their season after losing the first three games, winning in Perth against the Scorchers and then defeating Sydney Thunder on DLS. The Renegades now have an even 3-3 record for the season after becoming the first side to defeat the Hobart Hurricanes.
Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades have had the wood over the Brisbane Heat in BBL history, winning seven of the nine head to heads and interestingly all three matches played at the Gabba. The Renegades have won the last six meetings.
Heat have lost seven of their nine matches against the Renegades.
Renegades have won their last six matches against Heat.
Heat have lost their last three at this venue.
Renegades have won all three matches at the Gabba.
Brisbane Heat’s successive victories have come as the Bash Brothers Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum have rediscovered their best form. Lynn (233 runs) and Brendon McCullum (86 runs) look much more dangerous than they were in the three defeats the Heat suffered at the start of the tournament.
The ‘Baby Bash’ of the team Max Bryant (133 runs) has also looked in great touch this season with his aggression at the top, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman (four wickets) and James Pattinson (four wickets) will be key with the ball.
Aaron Finch returned for the Renegades in the win over the Hurricanes, but he is back off again with the Australian ODI side. The loss of Finch exposes a batting line-up with remains without an individual fifty this season.
Melbourne’s experienced performers Daniel Christian, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Usman Shinwari and Cameron Boyce will be key with both bat and ball.
The Renegades might struggle to stop the Heat’s top-order aggression and Brisbane can end that six-match losing run in head to heads.
Prediction: Heat win ($1.81 MadBookie)