Melbourne Renegades have successfully broken the jinx by winning the game in their tournament opener against Perth Scorchers. They have outsmarted Perth Scorchers pretty comfortably in both sections of the game to bag a 4-wicket victory. Daniel Christian was the star of the match, who displayed his all-rounder skills.
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Kane Richardson, Christian picks 3 wickets each:
After winning the toss, Melbourne asked Perth Scorchers to bat first. Bowlers justified the decision by rattling their wickets at regular intervals of time. Apart from Michael Klinger, none of their batsmen got the starts to knock runs.
Klinger, who scored a run-a-ball knock failed to score runs at a quick pace, which made things look bleak for Perth Scorchers. Hilton Cartwright tried to make it happen at the end, but, unfortunately, he couldn’t find a right partner.
All the top-order batsmen followed by Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner and Agar failed to knock runs, which saw Melbourne Renegades bundling out them for only 103 runs on the board.
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In bowling, Daniel Christian was sublime, who picked up three wickets while Kane Richardson wrapped up the innings with 3 wickets. Jack Wildermuth and Usman Khan Shenwari also chipped in with a couple of wickets.
Nabi-Harper steadies the ship:
Chasing 104, Melbourne got one of the bad starts, as they brand-new opening pair failed to trouble the scorers. Apart from Sam Harper, none of their top 5 batsmen was successful in knocking runs.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 20, 2018
Just when Perth was cruising in with confidence, Mohammad Nabi and Harper changed their gears to control things. In a quick period, they brought back game into the hands of Melbourne.
Then came the twist at the end of the chase. With 18 runs required, both the set batsmen walked back in quick succession to make things interesting again. However, Christian was once again their saviour, who guided them to a fine victory.
Not the opening match result we were after… We put on a spectacle of early wickets – Behrendorff and Coulter-Nile standouts with 2 wickets each, but the @RenegadesBBL manage to get there in the end ? Focus shifts to clash against the Sixers this Sat ??#MADETOUGH #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/w0RJER11I4
— Perth Scorchers (@ScorchersBBL) December 20, 2018
— Yasir Khalil (@mryasirkhalil) December 20, 2018
It looks like batsmen have finally worked out Andrew Tye.
In his past 8 T20/T20i matches, he has conceded 255 runs @ 9.4 runs /over
— Worldwide Fantasy Club ? (@WFC_17) December 20, 2018
— Aaron Meadows (@AaronMe36415) December 20, 2018
— CPL T20 (@CPL) December 20, 2018
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 20, 2018
— Steve Allen (@ScubaStv) December 20, 2018
Red Melbourne with a textbook tribute to the Pakistan cricket team with this performance #BBL08
— Dean Smith (@deanwsmith) December 20, 2018
Oh Sutherland is 19 and playing BBL now huh? And I’m 20 and sitting on my couch, cool cool cool cool #BBL08
— Matt Parker (@zoonmattau2) December 20, 2018
— Ash (@Tenash921) December 20, 2018
"Renegades have never beaten Scorchers"
YES, WE KNOW, YOU'VE SAID IT 50 FUCKIN TIMES! #BBL08
— Higgo (@Higgo74) December 20, 2018
This is Melbourne Renegades' biggest win (in terms of balls remaining) since January 2016. #BBL08
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 20, 2018
15011 at Marvel Stadium tonight. The week before Christmas is usually a tough gig for drawing BBL crowds
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 20, 2018
Last time Will Sutherland played here he was full-forward for Vic Metro
— Daniel Cherny ? (@DanielCherny) December 20, 2018
Renegades fans will be desperate for Mohammad Nabi to come through here, but his 2018 has been defined by power, not anchoring. He's scored at 9.58rpo, but has been dismissed on average every 16 deliveries. #BBL08
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 20, 2018
I'm enjoying the test matches far more than #BBL08 so far this season. Hopefully the next few BBL games are a bit more exciting than what we've seen the first 2 nights.
— B-Rad ?? (@TheKopProdigy) December 20, 2018
What sort of batting do you call that, @ScorchersBBL ? Yikes. You can't keep leaving your ace bowling attack with so much to do all the time. Need to score some runs! And losing to the Renegades too. The Renegades. With 4 of their players out. Aighhh yiiiihhh yiiiihhh. #BBL08
— Charlie Gunningham (@ChazGunningham) December 20, 2018
The standard of cricket in the #BBL08 is going backwards. I love the league but if you don't get the top players involved due to International commitment & won't take a risk in young local talent it'll slowly die. It's a poor start
— Richard Wade (@_Wadeos) December 20, 2018
Scorchers super disappointing, especially their middle order and Qadir with the ball. Renegades found a way but not sure Cam White should bat below no.3. #BBL08
— Tom Morris (@tommorris32) December 20, 2018