BBL 9: Melbourne Renegades defeat Sydney Thunder by 12 runs to register their first win


Melbourne Renegades finally got off the mark in this year’s edition defeating Sydney Thunder by 12 runs via the DL method played at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday.

Melbourne Renegades captain Daniel Christian won the toss and decided to bat first. It was a steady start by Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris who looked in fine touch. At the end of six overs, both openers scored 44 for 0.renegades-first-win-vs-thunder-BBL

After the power play over, Bowe got the breakthrough dismissing Marcus Harris for 22. Harris and Marsh added 49 runs. Simon Harper took a few balls to settle before putting pressure on Thunder bowling. McAndrew dismissed the dangerous Shaun Marsh for 47 to stall the run flow. Beau Webster could not contribute much as he dismissed cheaply. Simon Harper showed his class with the bat playing innovative strokes in the last 3 overs. He and along with Daniel Christian added 47 runs for the 4th wicket.

Simon Harper reached his fifty off 37 balls and was dismissed off the very next ball by Chris Morris. Daniel Christian remained not out on quickfire 21 off 12 balls.  Mohammad Nabi came to the crease and hit a quickfire 11 in 3 balls to help Melbourne Renegades post 172 for 4 in 20 overs.renegades-first-win-vs-sydney-thunder-BBL

Chasing 173 runs to win, it was not an ideal start to Sydney Thunder innings as Usman Khawaja was dismissed in the very first over. Alex Hales looked impressive with his stroke play and took on Renegades bowling. Callum Ferguson was run out in an unfortunate manner which hit the hands of the bowler and went into the stumps. Daniel Sams also went cheaply which left Sydney Thunder in trouble at 30 for 3. At the end of six overs, Thunder was struggling at 31 for 3.

The rain arrived and the match was stopped for some time. After the break, the revised target for Sydney Thunder was 135 in 14 overs. Alex Hales showed his class with some classy batting which put Renegades bowling under pressure. Daniel Christian got the breakthrough dismissing Hales for 31. Alex Ross struggled initially but took on Mohammad Nabi for 26 runs in the 11th over to give Sydney Thunder some hopes of winning the match. Ross reached his fifty off just 26 balls.

Daniel Christian bowled a stunning 19th over and took wickets of Lenton and Ross to end Thunder’s hopes of winning the match. Melbourne Renegades won the match by 12 runs via the DL method.

Melbourne Renegades 172 for 4 in 20 overs (Simon Harper 52, Shaun Marsh 47, L Bowe 2/23) beat Sydney Thunder 122 for 7 in 14 overs (Alex Ross 51, Hales 31, Daniel Christian 3/14) by 12 runs via DL method.

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