Renegades take on table toppers Brisbane Heat in knock-out game
30th Match - Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades
20th January, 18:40 local | 8:40 GMT, Brisbane Cricket Ground
After managing to edge out Adelaide Strikers in a thrilling encounter, Melbourne Renegades will now lock horns with Brisbane Heat in a must win encounter in the 30th match of Big Bash League at Brisbane Cricket Ground on Friday.
Renegades will be heading into the game after two last ball results - one that went against them and another in their favour. They are currently languishing at the sixth place with just three wins from seven matches but a win here can take them to the fourth position and with a better required run rate they can make it to the semi-final provided other results go in their favour.
The form of Aaron Finch has been impressive while the likes of Callum Ferguson, Cameron White and Tom Cooper has been encouraging. Michael Harris' 53-ball 85 in the previous game will be an added boost to the side. Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg will once again remain the key component in bowling department and Thisara Perera with six wickets from three games showed his worth the other day against Strikers with his terrific last over.
For Brisbane Heat, Brendon McCullum will return back to the side after missing the previous game against Melbourne Stars due to poor over-rate. Even though, Samuel Badree has been declared fit, it is unlikely he will be playing the Friday's clash and they are in a fairly comfortable position with 10 points from seven games and are most likely to seal a home semi-final game.
Face to Face:
The last time these two teams met was during the third game of the previous season where Melbourne Renegades riding on fifties from Finch and White chased down 181 against Brisbane Heat with seven wickets in hand in the final over.
Aaron Finch (captain), Marcus Harris, Cameron White, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Matt Short, Thisara Perera, Sunil Narine, Andrew Harriott, Chris Tremain, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Brad Hogg
Brendon McCullum (captain), Nick Buchanan, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.
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