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Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2020-21, Fantasy Pick, team suggestions



Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2020-21, Fantasy Pick, team

Jan 23: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat, Melbourne

Pro Tip: Shaun Marsh looked in amazing touch at the start of the season but his last four scores are 14, 0, 24 and 1. This could be the game he gets his form back since there are no additional pressures of qualification (Renegades are no longer in the race for knockouts spot)

Our XI: Shaun Marsh, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou, Jack Prestwidge, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson

Substitutes: Morne Morkel, Joe Denly, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Beau Webster

Player Availability: Kane Richardson and James Pattinson might not be available for the Renegades due to injury concerns while Marcus Harris might be available for selection.
We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss

Captain: Shaun Marsh
After a bright start to this edition of the BBL, Shaun Marsh has faded away in recent games. He is due for a big knock and where better to achieve it than at the Docklands Stadium, one of his favourite BBL venues, where he has scored 358 runs in eight games at an average of 59.66. He has scored 272 runs in ten games with three 50-plus scores in BBL10.

Vice-captain: Marnus Labuschagne
The leading run-scorer in the recent Test series against India with 426 runs in four games, Labuschagne will look to carry that batting form into the BBL. Even though he did not have a great game against the Strikers a couple of days ago, he scored the most fantasy points from the Heat team for his 25-ball 28 and 2 for 20.

Hot Picks
Chris Lynn: The leading run scorer for Heat in this BBL season, Lynn has scored 317 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 149.52. He is also the third highest six-hitter this season with 17 hits beyond the rope so far. He has made three 40-plus scores against the Renegades in his last four outings against them.

Peter Hatzoglou: Hatzoglou has been in top form in his debut BBL season, picking up 15 wickets in ten innings at an average of 22.40, the joint leading wicket taker along with Kane Richardson for the Renegades. In the absence of Richardson due to injury, he led the Renegades’ bowling attack with a two-wicket haul against the Stars.

Mark Steketee: One of the leading wicket-takers in the ongoing tournament with 19 strikes in 11 games at an average of 19.52, Steketee is a key player for Heat if they have to get a spot in the knockouts. In his last outing against the Renegades, he was the best bowler in the game, picking up 2 for 24 in his four overs. He has been brilliant in death overs picking up eight wickets at an average of 13.25 this season.

Differential Picks
Jack Wildermuth: Wildermuth is enjoying his best BBL season ever, having picked up 13 wickets in 11 games. He is the joint leading wicket-taker in the first six overs, having picked up eight wickets at an incredible economy rate of 6.66. He has been striking the ball really well too in a couple of cameos, scoring a 10-ball 22* and an 11-ball 31.

Sam Harper: The 24-year-old Victorian wicketkeeper has surprised everyone by top run-scoring for the Renegades this season, having scored 275 runs in 12 games. He has also effected nine dismissals behind the stumps and that could give you additional points.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Beau Webster or Morne Morkel can replace Mitchell Swepson.
  • Chris Lynn and Peter Hatzoglou are the alternate captain and vice-captain options.

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EngVsPak- England defeated Pakistan by three wickets

Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.





James Vince scored a hundred and Lewis Gregory contributed 77 as England defeated Pakistan by three wickets to complete a clean sweep of the three-match ODI series.

Vince raced to 102 off 95 deliveries and Gregory struck his 77 of 69 balls as hosts England, chasing Pakistan’s challenging score of 331 for seven wickets, reached 332 for seven with two overs to spare.

Opener Phil Salt scored 37 while skipper Ben Stokes added 32 as England held their nerves to register a comfortable win in third and final ODI.

Earlier, skipper Babar Azam struck a career-best 158 (139-ball) and helped Pakistan’s batting finally came good in this series.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 56 and Mohammad Rizwan 74 as Pakistan posted 331 for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Playing against a makeshift England squad, after the originally selected player went into isolation after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

Babar came in after Fakhar Zaman was out early for 6, caught by Zak Crawley off Saqib Mahmood. He raised 92 runs for the third wicket with opener Imam-ul-Haq and then put together a partnership of 179 with Rizwan.
However, they suffered a collapse soon after Rizwan was out, caught by wicketkeeper Simpson off seamer Brydon Carse, with the score 292/3. Only one of the remaining seven batsman managed to reach double digits.

But Babar kept blasting runs from the other end and was the eighth batsman out with the score 328 in the 50th over.

He struck 14 boundaries and four sixes during his innings.
Carse was the best England bowler on display as he claimed five wickets for 61 in his 10 overs.

Brief scores: Pakistan 331/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 56, Babar Azam 158, M Rizwan 74; Brydon Carse 5/61).

England 332/7 in 48 overs (Phil Salt 37, James Vince 102, Ben Stokes 32, Lewis Gregory 77; Haris Rauf 4/65).

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Corona hit – India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days




Corona hit - India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days

India’s tour of Sri Lanka has hit a roadblock after two Covid-19 positive cases in the home team’s camp delayed the start of the ODI series by at least four days, and canceled due to more cases. The possibility has been left open. Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and the team’s performance analyst Shirantha Niroshna have both tested positive and the entire team that arrived from England this week has been put in isolation.

Though both the boards have not made any official statement yet, it seems that all the six matches will be played within a period of 10-11 days if there is no scope for any more positive cases. There are also concerns that the series could be called off if more positive cases emerge in the Sri Lankan camp. This means that the Indian team, which has already spent 12 days in Sri Lanka, will have to return home without playing a single match.

The tentative dates for the ODIs have been set as July 17, 19 and 21. The report states that the T20 Internationals will be played on July 24, 25 and 27. However, neither Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given any confirmation regarding the dates.

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Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise




Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise

Just two months ago, Indonesia came forward to India’s aid with thousands of tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asian country is running out of oxygen as it grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus cases and the government is seeking emergency supplies from other countries, including Singapore and China.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response, said a shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health equipment arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia.

In addition, Pandjaitan said, Indonesia plans to purchase 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — equipment that generates oxygen — from neighboring Singapore. He said he was in contact with China and other possible oxygen sources. The US and the United Arab Emirates have also offered help.

Overall, Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has reported more than 2.4 million infections and 63,760 deaths from COVID-19. Those figures are widely believed to be a huge undercount due to low testing and poor tracing measures. On Thursday, Indonesia reported nearly 39,000 confirmed cases, its biggest single-day jump.

Indonesia’s hospitals have been flooded, with increasing numbers of sick people in isolation at home or waiting to receive emergency care. In Indonesia’s most populous island, Java, hospitals began setting up temporary intensive care units in mid-June. Many patients are waiting for several days to get admitted. Oxygen tanks rolled on the sidewalks for the lucky few, while others were told they’d have to find their own.

The city’s deputy mayor Yaya Mulyana said emergency rooms at a public hospital in Bandung city were closed earlier this week amid panic buying over rising infections in the West Java provincial capital.

“The panicked people bought oxygen tanks, though they didn’t need them yet,” said Muliana. “This has exhausted the supply of oxygen.”

At a hospital in Yogyakarta in central Java, 63 COVID-19 patients died in one day – 33 of them during its central liquid oxygen supply, although the hospital switched to using oxygen cylinders was, spokesman Banu Harmawan said.

When a brutal outbreak ravaged the country, Indonesia donated 3,400 oxygen cylinders and concentrators to India. As its own cases rose, Jakarta scrapped plans to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June. The daily requirement of oxygen has reached 1,928 tonnes per day. According to government data, the total available production capacity of the country is 2,262 tonnes per day.

“I asked for 100% oxygen first for medical purposes, which means all industrial allocation should be shifted to medical,” said Panjaitan, a minister in the government. “We are racing against time, we have to act fast.”

Noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, he warned that Indonesia could face a worst-case scenario with 50,000 cases a day. The next two weeks will be crucial, he said.

The industry ministry responded by issuing a decree that all oxygen supplies be sent to hospitals packed with coronavirus patients and asked industry players to cooperate.

Oxygen is used to make many products including textiles, plastics and vehicles. Oil refineries, chemical makers and steel makers also use it. But industry leaders are clamoring to support government efforts to maximize supplies for hospitals.

The government has redirected oxygen supplies from industrial plants at Morowali in Central Sulawesi, Balikpapan on the island of Borneo, and Belawan and Batam on the island of Sumatra, Pandjaitan said. Small oxygen industries have also been directed to produce pharmaceutical oxygen.

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