About the Match
The Melbourne Renegades have 4 points from 6 matches and will host Brisbane Heat, who have only 2 points from 6 matches in the upcoming League on 13th Jan at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. Both the teams lost their last match and are in the bottom two places on the point table; unless they make some serious changes to their game plan, their chances here look very bleak. Brisbane Heat has won only a single match till now whereas Melbourne Renegades has done one better by winning two but both the team will definitely have to work hard and make a comeback if possible on Tuesday.
They lost their last match against Sydney Sixers by 6 wickets; the batsmen could muster 147 runs after being put to bat first with Forrest scoring an unbeaten 62 off 56 while Flintoff posted 46 off 32. However, the total of 147 runs wasn’t enough to defend by the bowlers and they are now in a do or die condition. They should put more efforts and work as a team to win the upcoming match against Melbourne Renegades; with key players like James Hopes, Ben Cutting and Andrew Flintoff, the team must make good use of its resources and be prepared to attack their opponents with strength and determination. Peter Forrest has amassed 169 runs at a strike rate of 121 while many youngsters like Peirson, Mark Steketee look promising; with the proper guidance they can deliver the best and showcase their firepower and talent ahead of the tougher challenges.
The last match against Melbourne Stars was lost by 3 wickets after they had set a target of 153 runs; Wade blasted away 71 off 49 and Tom Beaton scored 34 off 29, but the rest of the players did not score well. On the bowling front Ben Stokes took 2 wickets while James Pattinson, Shakib Al Hasan and Fawad Ahmed took 1 wicket each; however, the bowlers gave away too many runs and couldn’t defend the target set by the batsmen. The team has necessary talent and experienced players like Ben Stokes, who posted 77 off 37 against Hobart Hurricanes and Callum Ferguson, who chipped in with 31 runs but Aaron Finch needs to lead from the front and inspire his mates to do well under pressure. Against Hurricanes, Nicholas Winter was the star performer with three wickets while Shakib Al Hasan made a good impression by grabbing two wickets while playing his first match, well assisted by Peter Siddle and Fawad Ahmed. Overall the team has the ability and strength to win the upcoming match and grab more points to finish on a better note.
Both teams lost their last match and are now under pressure to perform; to overcome these situations they should work hard and keep a positive approach to win the upcoming match. While the result could go either way, we feel that Melbourne Renegades with the home advantage will overcome the challenge and try to keep their campaign alive.
Melbourne Renegades, 1.66 @ TitanBet