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Harris, Perera keep Melbourne Renegades alive after thrilling victory

Thisara Perera registered figures of 25 for four in three overs
Thisara Perera registered figures of 25 for four in three overs
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Melbourne Renegades 171-9 (Harris 85) beat
Adelaide Strikers 165-8 (Perera 4-25) by six runs
27th match, Big Bash League, Adelaide Oval
Scorecard

After a blistering 85 by Marcus Harris powered Melbourne Renegades to 171 for nine, Thisara Perera picked four wickets including a terrific final over, to help his team secure a six-run win over Adelaide Strikers in the 27th game of the Big Bash League at Adelaide Oval.

The result also means that Adelaide Strikers are effectively out of the tournament while Melbourne Renegades have moved to the fifth position.

Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to field first. In the second and third over, Harris (85) and Aaron Finch (19) smashed seven boundaries between them.

Michael Neser (2-14) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Finch caught at cover and Renegades ended the powerplay at 56 for one.

The eighth over bowled by Kieron Pollard (3-30) saw Harris plunder two sixes and a four and completed his fifty off just 28 deliveries. At the halfway mark, Renegades were 93 for one.

Cameron White (10) struck a six to get going but was caught at deep midwicket to give Liam O'Connor (1-41) his first wicket.

Adelaide Strikers made a terrific comeback by conceding just 33 runs in the final five overs and picked six wickets as well to restrict Melbourne Renegades to 171 for nine in the 20 overs.

Tim Ludeman (29) and Ben Dunk (32) gave a promising start of 53 in the powerplay but the former was dismissed in the final delivery of the sixth over. 11 runs later, Dunk was castled by Cooper (1-26).

Kieron Pollard (22) and Brad Hodge (26) got starts but failed to carry on. Just when 35 runs were needed in the final 12 deliveries, Jono Dean (21) struck two sixes to bring down the target to 18 runs off the final over.

Despite conceding two boundaries in it, Perera (4-25) held his nerve and picked the wickets of Dean and Wes Agar (8) while conceding just seven runs in it. Harris bagged the player of the match award.

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