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Agar's last-ball six secure dramatic win for Perth Scorchers

Ashton Agar played a vital role in Perth Scorcher's victory
Ashton Agar played a vital role in Perth Scorcher's victory

Perth Scorchers 152-6 (Klinger 72) beat
Melbourne Renegades 148-8 (White 37) by four wickets
9th match, Big Bash League, Melbourne

Ashton Agar smashed a last ball six after Michael Klinger played a brilliant 72-run knock to seal a thrilling four-wicket win for Perth Scorchers in the ninth match of Big Bash League against Melbourne Renegades in Melbourne.

Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to bowl first. Marcus Harris (25) and Aaron Finch (24) gave a head start for the visitors scoring 36 runs off the first three overs.

Andrew Tye (1-33) provided the initial breakthrough for the Scorchers after he had Finch caught at short cover while a couple of overs later, Ashton Turner (2-25) had Harris caught at deep midwicket.

Perth Scorchers were 79 for two at halfway mark. Cameron White (37) and Callum Ferguson (28) provided some stability with a 50-run stand but the runs came at a slower rate than they would have liked to.

In an attempt to up the ante both the settled batsmen fell in successive overs as Perth Scorchers were 119 for four in 15 overs.

The Perth Scorchers bowlers very disciplined in the final five overs where they conceded just 29 runs and picked three overs to restrict Melbourne Renegades to 148 for seven in the 20 overs.

Shaun Marsh (7) once again had a struggling start to the innings but Klinger (72) injected some momentum and scored four boundaries in the first five overs.

In the final over of the powerplay, Sunil Narine (2-20) had Marsh caught at square leg. Ian Bell (22) looked good for his 19-ball knock but was run out by the end of the 11th over leaving Scorchers 77 runs to get in the final 54 deliveries.

Klinger reached his 50 off 43 deliveries and with support of Mitchell (34), the target came down to 19 runs off the final 18 deliveries.

However, Renegades made a stunning comeback when Narine had Klinger dismissed in the 18th over while Nathan Rimmington (1-45) also had Turner (1) caught in the deep.

Perth Scorchers were left nine rune to get off the final over which was bowled by Finch (1-17). It wasn't an auspicious start for the visitors when they lost both Mitchell and Adam Voges (1) in the second and third deliveries.

However, Agar (10 not out) held his nerve to score 10 runs off the final three deliveries including a last ball six to take Scorchers home. Klinger was awarded the man of the match for his splendid knock.

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