2017-18 Big Bash League – Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Preview

When? Saturday, 27th January

Where? The Gabba

Weather? Rain showers expected on Saturday afternoon which may affect the start of this game

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.brisbaneheat.com.au...

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Brisbane Heat W0, Melbourne Renegades W5
All-time meetings: Brisbane Heat W2, Melbourne Renegades W6

BRISBANE HEAT

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Brendon McCullum

  • The Heat remain with an outside chance of reaching the final four but they would ideally see the Stars beat the Hurricanes in the match before this one, otherwise if the Hurricanes win, they will have to beat the Renegades here by a margin of 42 runs or chasing down a total within 15 overs.
  • While he may not be 100% fit still, Chris Lynn returns to the 13-man squad for this game and every indication suggests they will risk him for this final match in the hope his big hitting can inspire some heavy scoring and a comfortable win.
  • Fellow batsman Matthew Renshaw also returns to the squad for the first time in BBL07 and he would make his debut if he is named in the starting team as Jason Floros and Marnus Labuschagne drop out of the selection.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: David Saker

Captain: Dwayne Bravo

  • The Renegades know that victory here will see them through to the semi-final stage and they can even afford a narrow defeat which may well factor into their thinking as the game progresses.
  • They have named an unchanged squad for this crunch match which means they will have to do without Brad Hodge once again as he recovers from appendicitis so Dwayne Bravo will captain the side as he did on Wednesday.
  • Brad Hogg was dropped on Wednesday night and the veteran spinner may struggle to come back in for what would be his farewell game as the Renegades will surely stick with the same team that claimed the narrow nine-run win over Thunder.

PREDICTION
Regardless of the result in the Stars v Hurricanes game, there will be something riding on this match. The Heat simply have to win and quite convincingly in most scenarios, while the Renegades could afford a narrow defeat which could well factor into their approach here. Assuming Chris Lynn does return to the batting line-up, the Heat are favoured here to get the win, even if it may not be good enough for them to progress. The Renegades allowed the Thunder to score 180 against them on Wednesday – this Heat batting line-up is far more potent with Lynn back in the side and that should see them emerge victorious.