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BBL 2018-19: Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars – Report. Melbourne Stars won the 35th match of the Big Bash League 2018-19 by six wickets against Melbourne Renegades. This was Stars fourth win of the season out of the nine matches they have played in the eighth season of the league. Thus, the Star occupies the fifth place in the points table whereas Melbourne Renegades is at the second position.
Melbourne Stars captain won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Melbourne Renegades could not get to an ideal start as they lost four quick wickets. The hosts fell from 30-0 to 33-4 with Jackson Bird taking two wickets. Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch continued his dismal form going and could only score 14 runs.
However, Marcus Harris also could not give a good start to Melbourne Renegades. Harris was sent back when all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took a brilliant one-handed catch at mid-on while flying in the air.
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Tumbling at 33-4, a big partnership was the need of the hour for the hosts. However, Renegades batsman Tom Cooper and all-rounder Mohammed Nabi added 41 runs for the fourth wicket.
But the hosts could not get going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Eventually, they were skittled out for 121 runs inside the 20 overs. Marcus Stoinis was the pick of the bowlers for the Stars as the medium pacer scalped three wickets in his four overs quota.
Furthermore, Jackson Bird, Liam Plunkett, and Adam Zampa took two wickets each.
Melbourne Stars also didn’t get off to a perfect start as they lost the wicket of Ben Dunk in the very first over. The in-form batsman Peter Handscomb could also add only eight runs to leave Stars in a bit of trouble. Stars captain Glenn Maxwell also could not get going as the right-hander was dismissed on seven runs.
On the other hand, Marcus Stoinis who bowled a brilliant spell carried the same confidence in his batting. The right-hander batted at the top of his game and scored a fine unbeaten 70 runs to help take his team over the line. Meanwhile, Kane Richardson was once again amongst the wickets. The right-handed pacer took two wickets but it was not enough to stop Stars from achieving the target.
Brief Scores: Melbourne Renegades 121-10, Mohammad Nabi 28 (33), Marcus Stoinis 3-19.
Melbourne Stars: 124-4, Marcus Stoinis 70 (65), Kane Richardson 2-17.