Big Bash League 2014-15
Melbourne Renegades Vs Brisbane Heat
After today’s washout game between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunders we have our first semi finalist for this season of Big Bash League, Adelaide Strikers. There are three more berths to fill for the spot and the other six teams will be vying for that spot (Brisbane Heat is out of the contention).
It is time for the 26th match of the Big Bash League which is between Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat. It will be interesting to see Heat’s approach for the game as they are already out of contention for that semis spot and will like to take some teams down with them.
Renegades on the other hand are in with a paltry chance to make it to the top four as they are placed at the seventh spot on the points table with two wins from the six games they have played. Even if they win their last two games they need to matches to go their way especially after the washed out game. They will play Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in their last two games and even if they end up winning the two games they have to look to other teams and hope the results go their way if they are to make it to the top four.
Brisbane Heat on the other hand are out of contention and will feel they are a bit unlucky as they lost two close games which could have gone either way. Anyways they cannot change that but they can change is the fate of a few teams with their last two games being against Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades. They have got a high octane batting line up and can put the opposition under pressure with the likes of Chris Lynn, Dan Christian, Andrew Flintoff and Ben Cutting. They also have a pretty long batting line up.
Renegades will rue the fact their captain Aaron Finch has not come to the party yet and has failed to provide them with good starts along with Mathew Wade.
Let us take a look at the squads we have for the game tomorrow.
Melbourne Renegades Squad :
They have two changes in the squad for the game tomorrow with their regular captain, Aaron Finch unavailable for the game as he has to join the national team for the Tri Series preparations. The other change is that Tom Cooper is out and Matt Short takes up his place while Alex Doolan takes place instead of Aaron Finch. In the absence of Aaron Finch Ben Rohrer will be the captain.
Ben Rohrer (C), Alex Doolan, Matthew Wade, Fawad Ahmed, Ben Stokes, Nathan Rimmington, Shakib Al Hasan, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Callum Ferguson, Tom Beaton, Matt Short, Nick Winter.
Shakib Al Hasan and Ben Stokes, the two hard hitting international all rounders, will be crucial for the Renegades as they need someone to provide that impetus to their batting.
Brisbane Heat Squad :
Big news for the Heat is that their Test debutant, Joe Burns, is back into the squad for them and he is expected to get straight back into the XI. On the other hand Nathan Reardon will miss out the game owing to an injury. Also paceman Alister McDermott replaces Mark Steketee. The squad looks like :
James Hopes (C), Peter Forrest, James Peirson, Joe Burns, Chris Lynn, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Andrew Flintoff, Jason Floros, Stephen Parry, Ryan Duffield, Cameron Gannon, Alister McDermott
The Pitch :
The clash is to be held at the Eithad stadium, Melbourne Docklands. Just one game has been played at this ground this season and that has been a low scoring affair with Thunders managing a paltry 114 which Melbourne Renegades achieved with eight wickets to spare.
Taking a look at the team totals for the last season, the totals look like 210-163-104-151. Two games were won by the teams batting first which included the game which saw the total 210 and 151 while the teams batting second won the game two times.
The Odds :
Melbourne Renegades is 1.70 to win the game and if we take a look at the squad the price is justified but the high octane batting that Brisbane Heat possesses we can never rule them out of the game although they have won one game out of six they have played. Since Heat has nothing to lose they can play freely and this makes them a danger side and for this very reason we are with Brisbane Heat to win this game as we have seen in tournament like these that whenever a team isout of contention they play the best. We recommend to stay with Brisbane Heat till the end.