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January 19

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades

Venue: The Gabba | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)

Brisbane Heat – The Heat, if you’ll excuse the pun, are the most hot and cold team in the BBL. After a dominant seven-wicket win over the Strikers on Tuesday where they were barely tested, they would follow up with an insipid display on Friday against the same team, rolled for just 100 and eventually walk off wicketless. The 10-wicket loss perhaps sums up their reliance on key batsmen in BBL09, and further underlines their need for an even spread with the bat. Leading runscorer for the season Matt Renshaw (43 in Adelaide) and Chris Lynn (26) would score over two-thirds of the Heat’s low total. In fact, with Tom Banton now back in the UK, no other Heat batsman has scored over 150 runs for the season, despite being 10 games in. Opener Max Bryant (averaging 14.50), Jimmy Peirson (14.60) and Joe Burns (16.66) simply haven’t provided enough for Darren Lehmann’s side.

James Pattinson should return for this clash after missing the Strikers game with illness and will likely come in for Ben Laughlin, while Lehmann might consider giving Sam Heazlett another chance. At 5-5 the Heat are still well-placed for the BBL09 finals but such is the log-jammed mid-table, a loss could see them pushed out. With four games to go, three wins would guarantee the Heat a spot in the finals but two wins might see them have to rely on other results.

Melbourne Renegades – For the first time this season, the Renegades enter a clash on the back of a win after their drought-breaking effort against the Thunder. The win was a huge relief for all involved and especially first-year coach Michael Klinger who has had a tough introduction to the coaching game. Sam Harper was the star with the bat at Manuka (52 off 38), as he ticked over the 250-run mark for the season. Along with Shaun Marsh (366) and Beau Webster (318), the trio can hold their head high from their efforts in BBL09. The same, however, can’t be said of their teammates who have struggled with the bat. Perhaps even more so, they’ve laboured with the ball. Despite being 10 games into the season no player other than Kane Richardson (who will miss again with Australian duties) has taken more than seven wickets – dire returns for the men in red.

Oddly, given the revamped Big Bash finals structure (whereby the top five enter the playoffs, rather than four), the Renegades are still a mathematical hope of playing finals, which seems slightly outrageous given they are 1-9. However it would require not only four straight wins, but a ridiculous run of events whereby the bottom half of the table either acquire zero (in the case of the Heat, Thunder and Scorchers) or one win (Hurricanes). In short, that won’t be happening, and Klinger’s side are merely playing for pride on Sunday evening.

Betting Analysis – The Gabba hasn’t been the high-scoring venue we’ve seen in seasons gone by, with the side batting first averaging just 136 in BBL09. Nevertheless, any side boasting Lynn, AB de Villiers and Ben Cutting will always threaten 180-plus. Look for de Villiers to bounce back from disappointment in Adelaide to top the runscorer markets, while the returning James Pattinson could strike early with the new ball as he did earlier this week at the Gabba (5/33). For the Gades, Marsh remains the best option opening the batting while the bowling markets are a far trickier affair. Perhaps look for Mohammad Nabi to snare a few.

Head to Head: Brisbane Heat
Top Runs Scorer – Brisbane Heat: AB de Villiers
Most Wickets – Brisbane Heat: James Pattinson
Top Runs Scorer – Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh
Most Wickets – Melbourne Renegades: Mohammad Nabi