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Bravo, White lead Renegades to convincing win over Hobart Hurricanes

Dwayne Bravo picked five wickets in the game
Dwayne Bravo picked five wickets in the game

Melbourne Renegades 165-3 (White 79no) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 164-8 (Bravo 5-28) by seven wickets
3rd game, Big Bash League, Hobart

Dwayne Bravo picked a five-wicket haul while Cameron White and Marcus Harris scored fifties as Melbourne Renegades kick-started their Big Bash League campaign with a seven-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval on Thursday.

Renegades won the toss and decided to bowl first. Alex Doolan (26) started the innings well for Hobart with three boundaries in the first two overs while D'Arcy Short (34) joined the onslaught with his brilliant 19-ball knock.

Doolan was dismissed in the final delivery of the powerplay when he chipped one to short third man to give Bravo (5-28) his first wicket but the Hurricanes looked comfortable with a score of 53 for one on the board at that stage.

Veteran Brad Hogg (1-34) helped the Renegades make a comeback when he trapped Short LBW and at halfway mark, Hurricanes reached 80 for two.

Ben McDermott (34) picked up the scoring rate when he plundered two sixes and a boundary in the 11th over from Hogg but the Renegades dominated the final eight overs completely as they conceded just 58 runs and picked six wickets in it to restrict the home side to 164 for eight in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Aaron Finch (4) fell early when he was caught behind off Clive Rose (1-30) but Harris (50) and White (79 not out) shared a 113 run stand for the second wicket off just 78 deliveries to lay a solid platform.

Both the players reached their individual half-centuries in the 13th over. Even though Jofra Archer (2-17) picked two wickets in a span of five deliveries to remove Harris and Tom Cooper (0), White along with an unbeaten 14-ball cameo from Brad Hodge (22 not out) ensured Renegades chased down the target in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Bravo was declared the man of the match for his splendid five-fer that set the win for the visitors.

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