Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Big bash betting on Thursday 12 January, 2012 (Etihad Stadium at 7.00pm)
Game 1 – lost to Adelaide Strikers by 67 runs at Adelaide Oval (18/12)
Game 2 – lost to Perth Scorchers by eight wickets (with four balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (22/12)
Game 3 – defeated Sydney Thunder by six runs at ANZ Stadium (30/12)
Game 4 – defeated Sydney Sixers by eight wickets (with 14 balls remaining) at Etihad Stadium (2/1)
Game 5 – lost to Melbourne Stars by 11 runs (under D/L method) at MCG (7/1)
v Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium (12/1)
v Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena (18/1)
Game 1 – lost to Sydney Sixers by seven wickets (with eight balls remaining) at SCG (16/12)
Game 2 – lost to Melbourne Stars by eight runs at Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Perth Scorchers by 10 runs at WACA (29/12)
Game 4 – lost to Adelaide Strikers by 31 runs at Gabba (3/1)
Game 5 – defeated Hobart Hurricanes by three runs at Gabba (6/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium (12/1)
v Sydney Thunder at Gabba (17/1)
Without looking at statistics, most would think Andrew McDonald isn’t the best genuine T20 player of all time. But when you crunch the 30-year-old’s numbers, it’s hard not to be surprised. McDonald has been very consistent for Victoria, Leicestershire and the Delhi Daredevils in his 68-game T20 career so far. He averages 35.22 with the bat, to go with his nine half-centuries and a highest score of 96 not out. McDonald is just as effective with the ball, taking 65 wickets at 23.40, with best figures of 5-13. He played a scintillating innings against the Sixers last week, smashing 60 off 37 balls including seven sixes. McDonald will be keen to replicate that score against the other Sydney team this time round.
With dorky glasses and messy stubble, Daniel Vettori looks like he should be locked up in his own home playing World of Warcraft or Call of Duty all day. But looks are deceiving with this man as he is one of the smartest cricketers in the world. The 32-year-old is a master T20 spin bowler, varying his length, line, speed and spin with aplomb and tremendous success. Vettori isn’t a huge wicket-taker, but he has an incredible ability to keep the runs down. In T20 internationals, he concedes an extremely low average of 5.36 runs per over. The left-arm spinner is also a more than handy lower-order batsman and has dug his country out of trouble on numerous occasions with the bat. The Heat loved having Vettori on their side last match and will love it even more this time round against the in-form Renegades.
1. Aaron Finch
2. Brad Hodge
3. Glenn Maxwell
4. Andrew McDonald (C)
5. Shahid Afridi
6. Nathan Reardon
7. Graham Manou (WK)
8. Abdul Razzaq
9. Shane Harwood
10. Dirk Nannes
11. Shaun Tait
1. Matthew Hayden
2. Chris Lynn
3. Peter Forrest (C)
4. Dan Christian
5. Andrew Robinson
6. Roelof van der Merwe
7. Michael Neser
8. Chris Hartley (WK)
9. Nick Buchanan
10. Nathan Hauritz
11. Alister McDermott
Both of these teams started the tournament poorly, but only one has been able to turn their form around in recent weeks – until last round.
The Renegades’ worst enemy in their match against the Stars was the rain. They did well to restrict the Stars to 5-167 off 20 overs, but had lost 3-58 after eight overs in the second innings when the rain came down. Shahid Afridi was his team’s standout performer, taking 1-20 off his allotted four overs.
Brisbane pulled off a miraculous three-run win over the top of the table Hobart Hurricanes last round to register its first win for the BBL. The Heat’s batting line-up clicked for the first time on five games and they were led superbly by Mr Intimidation himself – Matthew Hayden, who blasted 76 off 51 balls. The Hurricanes almost chased down the Heat’s total of 201, but some calm bowling at the death from young gun Alister McDermott ensured his team got over the line.
Originally, I would have said do not waste your too much time and money on this match, but after last round, it’s back to an even ball game.
A lot depends on the Heat’s batting. If the likes of Hayden and Dan Christian can get on top of the Renegades’ attack early on, Brisbane could be on its way to a second consecutive victory.
But the home ground factor will play a huge part in this game. With a decent run of form and under the Etihad Stadium roof, the Renegades should have few problems defeating the Heat.
Melbourne Renegades to win ($1.72 – Sportsbet)
Aaron Finch Renegades High Bat ($4.00 – Centrebet)