Brisbane Heat have been struggling with their form and are at the second last spot in the points table.
Aaron Finch returned for one match but has rejoined the Australian ODI team. Test opener Marcus Harris has come into the Melbourne Renegades side in place of Cameron White. Kane Richardson missed the last match due to hamstring injury and it is not confirmed whether he has recovered or not.
It was Sam Harper who led the team to a win in the last game with an unbeaten half-century. He also has a couple of 30s against his name. Mohammad Nabi and Dane Christian were not required with the bat the last time out but both can pack a punch and are decent bowlers.
Joe Burns was drafted in the Heat's playing XI in place of Marnus Labuschagne in the last match but the latter is now available. There may be a case that both make the cut.
The top order of Brisbane Heat has finally started firing. Chris Lynn has been consistent and averages over 40. Brendon McCullum is also coming on the back of consecutive half-centuries. Max Bryant has not gone big but has made some useful contributions.
It is their bowling which is letting the Heat down as wickets have been hard to come by. James Pattinson and Mujib Ur Rahman will lead their bowling attack.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Melbourne Renegades- Marcus Harris, Matthew Harvey, Sam Harper, Tom Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Usman Shinwari
Brisbane Heat- Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, James Pattinson, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Who will win? – Melbourne Renegades
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dan Christian (Melbourne Renegades), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat)
Most Sixes – Mohammad Nabi (Melbourne Renegades), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Team Scores Batting First – Melbourne Renegades 150+, Brisbane Heat 135+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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