It was a brilliant defence by the Melbourne Renegades in the 46th math of Big Bash League 2018-19. They have outsmarted Sydney Thunder to bag those crucial 2 points in their kitty. It was the brilliance of Cameron Boyce with the bat, which did the trick for Melbourne Renegades while Daniel Christian was once again brilliant with the ball.
Initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and opted to bat first. But, unfortunately, they have got a horrible start, as both the openers walked back for a cheap score. Aaron Finch once again disappointed his fans.
The troubles stretched as their in-form batsman Sam Harper and Tom Cooper also walked back in quick succession to make things tough for the team. However, it was Mohammad Nabi, who stood tall for the team to stable the things.
Hey @CaJBoyce, we're really sorry for doubting you. Here's all five of your sixes from tonight to show your grandkids one day. We actually had a lot of fun putting it together. Love from, @BBL #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/nXK5kyJEs9
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 30, 2019
But, once again, their ship moved in a wrong way when Nabi walked back after scoring 36. However, out of nowhere, there came a saviour in the form of Cameron Boyce, who struck 51 off just 22 balls to put a moderate 140-run tally on the board.
Jonathan Cook was once again impressive with a couple of wickets to his name. Meanwhile, Chris Jordon and Fawad Ahmed also bagged 2 wickets each to their name.
In reply, Sydney Thunder lost Shane Watson and Jason Sangha very early in the innings. Though Callum Ferguson and Anton Devcich were in the middle, they failed to boost the total at a quick rate, which helped Melbourne to apply pressure.
Then came the blistering economical spell of Daniel Christian, which completely pushed Sydney Thunder into a pressure zone. Though Holt tried to pull it back for the team, Melbourne Bowlers were smart in making things fall in place for Melbourne.
Kane Richardson picked up 3 wickets while Cameron Boyce bagged a couple of wickets. Christian gave 9 runs in his 4-over spell and bagged a 1 wicket alongside Tremain and Gurney. Boyce was handed the man of the match award.
Melbourne Renegades – 140/7 (Cameron Boyce – 52, Nabi 36, Cook 2/18)
Sydney Thunder – 113/10 (Holt 37, Richardson 3/27, Boyce 2/17)