Folks! It’s time for Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heats! Both the star teams have won their first battle in this season and would be looking to dominate against each other in this encounter. So, just before the game, Cricwizz has scanned through their strengths and weaknesses. Have a look:
Playing in the captaincy of Aaron Finch, Renegades did a superb job in their first match against Hobart Hurricanes. They won it comfortably with 7 wickets in hand while chasing a decent target of 165.
The Red squad is filled with the strong batting order in the form of Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Brad Hodge and Marcus Harris who are capable of achieving any target set by the opposition. The bowling department, on the other hand, includes T20 specialist Dwayne Bravo, Age-less Brad Hogg, Speedo Kane Richardson and Afghan Star Mohammad Nabi. So, it’s a balanced side that is capable to defeat the Heats.
Renegades would want their skipper to fire at the top order. Finch, who got out on the 2nd ball against Hurricanes, has to start well in this match to gain confidence. Also, Richardson and Hogg went for some runs in their opener; and would be looking to make a strong come back.
Brendon McCullum’s Brisbane Heat started their campaign on a perfect note by beating Melbourne Stars at home. They smashed 206 in 20 overs and didn’t let the Stars chase that, thus won it by 15 runs.
The strong middle-order of Brisbane Heat showed tremendous effort in their first match. McCullum & Co. would be looking to play the same way as they did against Melbourne Stars. The batting line-up includes Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting. On the other side, they have a perfect mixture of speed and spin in their squad in the form of Josh Lalor, Shadab Khan, Brendan Doggett etc.
The bowlers went for runs in their first game which is not a good sign for skipper McCullum. The New Zealander has to come up with some strategy to tackle this issue, else it could be late for them later in the tournament.
Cricwizz Prediction: Melbourne Renegades will win