Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat

Glenn Maxwell has top scored for the Renegades twice in the competition. Image courtesy of cricket.com.au
After getting their season back on track with two wins on the bounce before an eleven run defeat in the rain marred Melbourne derby on the weekend, the Melbourne Renegades  face another do-or-die game when they take on Brisbane Heat  at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night. With their bowlers still struggling for consistency, they will rely heavily on their top three batsmen - Brad Hodge, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell – to get the team off to a good start. If the top order can lay a good platform, Pakistani imports Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq will have the opportunity to put the game out of Brisbane’s reach. With Shaun Tait struggling, Aaron Heal may win a recall at the expense of the former Australian quick.

Brisbane Heat broke their duck in the tournament with an entertaining three run win against the previously unbeaten Hurricanes at the Gabba last week. Evergreen opener Matthew Hayden turned back the clock with a sublime 76, while the presence of the imported duo of Roelof van der Merwe and Daniel Vettori was also important. Hayden and Andrew Robinson got the Heat’s innings off to a flying start with a competition high score of 71 in the first six overs  and will be looking for more of the same as Brisbane push on towards an unlikely finals berth.

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