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Finch, bowlers secure 48-run win for Melbourne Renegades

Aaron Finch led from the front with a blistering 63
Aaron Finch led from the front with a blistering 63

Melbourne Renegades 179-7 (Finch 63) beat
Sydney Thunder 130 (Gibson 39) by 49 runs
Third match, Big Bash League, Docklands

After Aaron Finch's 63 powered Melbourne Renegades to 179 for seven, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg picked two wickets apiece to restrict Sydney Thunder to 130 and secure a 49-run win in the third match of Big Bash League in Melbourne.

Melbourne Renegades won the toss and opted to bat first. After a quiet first over, both Finch (63) and Marcus Harris (19) scored four boundaries and a six to take the total to 42 for naught in the first five overs.

The last over of the powerplay saw Andre Russell (2-42) dismiss Harris and in the next over Chris Green (1-21) trapped Cameron White (1) LBW. Three deliveries later, Callum Ferguson (38) was dropped by Jake Doran.

Finch completed his 10th BBL fifty off 33 deliveries and in the next over bowled by Fawad Ahmed (1-29), he holed out to sweeper cover after smashing back-to-back sixes.

Cameos from Bravo (24) and Narine (11 not out) ensured the Renegades posted 179 for seven in the 20 overs.

Sydney Thunder got off to worst possible start when they lost Kurtis Patterson (0) Tom Cooper (1-8) in the very first delivery and in the next over Eoin Morgan (2) was caught at deep midwicket.

Ryan Gibson (39) and Ben Rohrer (30) added some stability with a 70-run stand but it came at a slower pace than they would have liked. The ninth over bowled by Brad Hogg (2-22) saw Nevill missed a stumping of Rohrer.

However, Hogg bounced back by removing both the settled batsmen in the 13th over by the end of which Sydney Thunder needed 102 runs.

Pat Cummins (36) waged a lone fight but the West Indian pair of Bravo (2-27) and Narine (2-32) dismissed the rest of the batsmen and bowled Sydney Thunder for 130.

The 49-run win has taken Melbourne Renegades to the top of the table while Sydney Thunder are at the bottom after losing both the games. Finch bagged the man of the match for leading from the front.

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