Just three days after Melbourne Renegades defeated Brisbane Heat at The Gabba, the two sides meet again at Geelong in the second of three BBL games on Sunday.
The Renegades (W4, L3) have impressed in patches, and remain firmly in contention for the playoff spots. For the Heat (W2, L4), this game represents a chance to get back to winning ways after losing to the Renegades on Thursday.
Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades have had the wood over the Brisbane Heat in BBL history, winning eight of the 10 head to heads. The Renegades have won the last seven meetings.
Renegades have won the last seven matches against the Heat.
Renegades have won four of the six H2H matches played in January.
Heat have lost eight of the ten matches against the Renegades.
The Renegades finally got a fifty from a batsman when Sam Harper (183 runs in BBL08) led his side to victory at The Gabba in the reverse fixture.
Tom Cooper has also picked up form to help overcome the absence of Australia capain Aaron Finch, although Marcus Harris is also a welcome addition to the team after the test series.
Kane Richardson (11 wickets) leads the Renegades bowling attack with support from Usman Shinwari (eight wickets) and Cameron Boyce (seven wickets).
The Heat’s problems at home continued in the last game and they remain in the bottom-half of the standings as a result.
But Brendon McCullum (136 runs), who thundered to form with knocks of 56 & 50 in the last two games, and Chris Lynn (247 runs) have both found form and the Bash Brothers remain the Heat’s key men along with opener Max Bryant. Only Mujeeb Ur Rahman (five wickets) has produced the goods with the ball though and that remains the area of concern.
The Heat continue to be the most unpredictable side of the tournament, but this should see the Renegades post a third win in a row.
Prediction: Renegades win ($1.82 MadBookie)