Perth Scorchers 133-7 (Klinger 37) beat
Melbourne Renegades 130-9 (Johnson 3-13) by three wickets
10th game, Big Bash League, Melbourne
Mitchell Johnson came with a splendid spell of 13 for three as Perth Scorchers restricted Melbourne Renegades to 130 for nine and later chased down the target in 19 overs with three wickets in hand in the 10th game of the Big Bash League at Docklands Stadium.
Perth Scorchers won the toss and decided to bowl first. A terrific opening spell of Johnson (3-13) saw Aaron Finch (0) and Cameron White (3) dismissed inside the first three overs.
Marcus Harris (32) and Tom Cooper (34) consolidated the innings as the Renegades ended the powerplay with a score of 41 for two. Harris was the aggressor among the two while Cooper was hardly going at run a ball.
Andrew Tye (3-37) ended the 63 run stand for the third wicket when he castled Cooper and Renegades reached 77 for three at the halfway mark. The wickets continued to tumble for the home side as Brad Hodge (3), Dwayne Bravo (16) and Jack Wildermuth (5) also departed cheaply.
The late flourish that the Renegades expected did not come as the Scorchers did well to keep them down to 130 for nine in the 20 overs. Johnson and Tye were the pick of the Scorchers bowlers with three wickets apiece.
In the chase, David Willey (31) and Michael Klinger (37) provided a solid start of 58 runs off seven overs but the Renegades pulled back things drastically with Brad Hogg (2-16) controlling the middle overs well.
Mohammad Nabi (1-16) also troubled the Scorchers but they did manage to go past the line in 19 overs with three wickets in hand to reach the top of the table. Johnson was awarded the player of the match for his splendid spell.
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