Brisbane Heat, who tasted victory in the last couple of games lost a home game to Melbourne Renegades on Thursday in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19). In the 26th match, it was Melbourne, who made a successful tour to Brisbane to outsmart Chris Lynn-led side. The collective bowling effort and Sam Harper once again stars for Melbourne Renegades.
Usman Khan, Cameron Boyce delivers:
Initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked Brisbane Heat to bat first. Unlike to them, Brendon McCullum and Max Byrant started things pretty slowly. Both the batsmen played run-a-ball knocks to surprise the fans.
Max Byrant walked back after scoring 18 to his name while Chris Lynn failed to repeat the show. He also walked back with 14 off 15 balls. However, Brendon McCullum got his second consecutive fifty to push scoreboard slowly.
The middle-order has once again failed to deliver for Brisbane. It was once again Ben Cutting, who scored 20 runs off 10 balls to push Brisbane Heat to a moderate tally of 144 runs on the board.
Usman Khan Shenwari picked up 3 wickets while Cameron Boyce bagged a couple of wickets. Meanwhile, Joe Mennie and Jack Wildermuth chipped in with each wicket apiece.
Sam Harper-Tom Cooper finishes the chase:
In reply, Harvey once again failed to knock runs while Marcus Harris, who just returned from Test cricket scored 28. Both walked back on a quick succession to see scorecard read 39/2.
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Perhaps, Brisbane thought it was the time to rattle the defence of Melbourne but Sam Harper and Tom Cooper balanced the ship. The duo went on to add an unbeaten 106-run partnership for the third wicket to bag those two crucial points for the team.
It was Sam Harper, who was named as the man of the match. With the victory, Melbourne Renegades are placed second in the points table while Brisbane Heat is placed last second.
Brisbane Heat – 144/8 (Brendon McCullum 50, Usman Khan 3/16, Boyce – 2/17)
Melbourne Renegades – 145/2 (Sam Harper 56*, Cooper 36*, Mujeeb 1/23)