The equation for the Renegades is simple: win this and they’re through to the semis. If the Heat are to qualify, they need the Stars to beat the Hurricanes, and then they themselves need to win big at the Gabba. Although claiming a sizeable victory may seem beyond a team that has lost their past three straight, news that Chris Lynn will don the teal in his much-anticpated injury comeback will warm hearts of those north of the border. Furthermore, the Renegades will be fielding a weakened side given the fact Aaron Finch and Cameron White are missing due to national duties. However, hopes of a miracle win to the Queensland side are tempered somewhat by the H2H record between the sides. In the eight encounters between the pair, the Melbournians have triumphed on six occasions which includes the last meeting between the pair (23 Dec, 2017).
Key stat: The Renegades have never lost to the Heat at the Gabba (two games)
It’s impossible to ignore the claims of T20 superstar Chris Lynn, however, it his fellow Bash Brother, Brendon McCullum that may be the smart bet here. The Kiwi has been the Heat’s top scorer this year and despite a low score in his last outing, the Brisbane skipper had racked up totals of 51, 33, 32 and 61 in his four games previous. For the away side, Marcus Harris will be popular at $3.75 odds after his impressive 41-ball 64 in the Renegades last match.
Key stat: In two matches against the Renegades, Brendon McCullum averages 34.50 with a high score of 64.