39TH MATCH 2020-21
14-JAN-2021, 08:15 AM
39th Match (N), MANUKA OVAL, Jan 14 2021, Big Bash League
MLR VS BH MATCH PREDICTION & ANALYSIS
The thirty second match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 season is going to be played between the Melbourne Rengades and Brisbane Heat. There has been a big blow to Heat as England batsman Tom Banton has pulled out of the BBL citing ‘bubble fatigue’.
The Melbourne Renegades are going to have most of their big players available for the first few matches which is not something they are really used to as the limited-overs matches have preceded the Test Matches this time around.
Which team will be able to start with a win?
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat BBL 2020-21 is going to be played at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on the 14th of January 2021
Aaron Finch is expected to be available for selection for this match and that is a big advantage for the Melbourne Renegades. His return strengthens an already strong batting line-up with the likes of Sam Harper, Shaun Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, and Mohammad Nabi.
With enough batting firepower to get the better of any team, this is where the Melbourne Renegades will believe they can break the game open. Expect them to go hard at the start and then continue in the same fashion throughout.
The Melbourne Renegades struggled with the ball in their previous match and will be hoping for a better performance. They have Josh Lalor to try and pick up wickets upfront while Kane Richardson is usually very dependable at the death.
Kane Richardson has been very expensive in recent matches and that opens up a potential weakness in the bowling unit. Noor Ahmad bowled well in the previous match while Mohammad Nabi is always steady in his performances.
The Melbourne Renegades need their batting to do the heavy lifting because the bowling looks a bit on the weaker side. The other team is always going to have a chance when the Melbourne Renegades are defending a total.
We know what Brisbane Heat brings to the table every season as it puts together a very strong batting lineup led by Chris Lynn. Unfortunately, that strategy has become a bit tired and it is difficult to see how things will turn out to be different for Brisbane Heat this season.
Chis Lynn is dangerous, yes, but is he the same batsman he was at his peak? We don’t think so.
Max Bryant has yet to crack the code of consistency while players like Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne are going to be missing because of their Test Match duties. Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, and Jimmy Pierson are some other bowlers that may be asked to step up this season.
All of these players have played BBL cricket for a number of seasons without ever making a big impact and so to expect them to do so now would be a bit optimistic.
Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Ben Laughlin lead what is a pretty decent bowling attack. If the batsmen can do their job then the bowlers may be able to bring around the rear.
Overall, we are not very optimistic about Brisbane Heat’s chances and think the team is going to struggle.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The conditions are going to be in favor of the batsmen. The Manuka Oval had some extra bounce on the surface that made batting interesting and kept the bowlers in the game. Overall, though, the small boundaries are going to be enticing for the batsmen of both sides.
A score of around 175-180 should be par.
MLR VS BH BETTING TIPS
We are going to go with the Melbourne Renegades in this one. They have a very strong batting lineup with some proven T20 match-winners. They also have a decent bowling attack that can be very effective on most days.
Bet on the Melbourne Renegades to win.