BBL 04: Melbourne Stars stamp their authority over Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Stars created history by bundling out their local rivals Melbourne Renegades for a partly 57 in just 12.4 overs, which is the lowest ever total in Big Bash League. This is also the lowest T20 total for any Australian team. With this, Melbourne stars got the bragging rights for the city by defeating their cross-town city town Renegades by 112 runs. Chasing 170 to win from 20 overs, Renegades batsmen had no clues against the left arm spin of Michael Beer and the accuracy of Jackson Bird.
First it was Matthew Wade who opened the floodgates by getting caught by Michael Beer off Jackson Bird for 4. Batsmen came in and got out in a hurry as the Renegades were reduced for 16-5 in the fifth over. Andre Russell along with Tom Cooper added some valuable runs before they got out in the next three overs. Nathan Rimmington’s 9 runs helped the Renegades cross 50. It was all over when Nicholas Winter was run-out by Scott Boland ending the Renegades’ nightmare. Cooper was the leading run scorer with 10 runs, which is as same as the extras.
Michael Beer, Jackson Bird and Scott Boland finished with two wickets each while James Faulkner, John Hastings, Glenn Maxwell accounted for one each. Earlier put into bat, Melbourne Stars ended their innings at a competitive total of 169-6 in 20 overs courtesy some useful contributions from Luke Wright, Cameroon White, Kevin Pietersen which was backed well by some quick runs from the bats of John Hastings and Tom Triffitt. Wright top scored with 35 while Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-22 in 4 overs.
Brief Scores: Stars: 169-6 in 20 overs (Wright 35, Pietersen 25, Bravo 3-25) beat Renegades 57 in 12.4 overs (Tom Cooper 10, Beer 2-14, Bird 2-12) by 112 runs.
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