Melbourne Renegades (REN) will lock horns with Brisbane Heat (HEA) in match 37 of  Big Bash League 2021-22 at Simonds Stadium in Geelong on Thursday, January 6. The match will start from 12:35 PM IST.

While both Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat have struggled in the ongoing edition of BBL, they head into the encounter having registered much-needed victories in their previous outings.

Currently, HEA and REN are placed fifth and sixth in the BBL 2021-22 standings and both sides need to win on Thursday in order to stay in contention for the playoff spots.

REN vs HEA Dream11 prediction

Melbourne Renegades have a superior head-to-head record against Brisbane Heat in the BBL, winning 10 of the 16 matches that they played so far. However, HEA have won their last three clashes against REN and will start as slight favourites on Thursday.

REN vs HEA Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Sam Heazlett has been in impressive form for Brisbane Heat in the ongoing edition of Big Bash League. The 26-year-old middle-order batter has amassed 230 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 133.72 and an average of 32.85. Having accumulated 352 fantasy points this season, Heazlett is a worthy fantasy pick for this clash.

Top tip: Best bowler 

Melbourne Renegades’ Kane Richardson has been one of the standout bowlers in BBL 2021-22. The Australian cricket team pacer has picked 12 wickets in seven matches at an average of 16.83. Richardson has tallied 416 fantasy points so far and is expected to add more points against the Heat. 

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Brisbane Heat’s James Bazley in your fantasy team is a no-brainer. Bazley has contributed with both bat (96 runs) and ball (11 wickets), accumulating 472 fantasy points so far. 

For the wicket-keeper spot, Melbourne Renegades’ Sam Harper edges Jimmy Peirson of Brisbane Heat. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Harper has scored 174 runs at the top of the order while Pierson has been completely out of form this season.

REN vs HEA probable playing XI

REN playing XI (probable): Sam Harper (wicket-keeper), Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Nic Maddinson (captain), Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, James Seymour, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan

HEA playing XI (probable): Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson (captain and wicket-keeper), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matt Kuhnemann, Mujeeb ur Rehman

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