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Lyon sets up comfortable win for Sydney Sixers over Melbourne Renegades

Nathan Lyon came up with a man of the match performance
Nathan Lyon came up with a man of the match performance

Sydney Sixers 129-2 (Maddinson 62) beat
Melbourne Renegades 128-7 (Lyon 3-18) by eight wickets
30th game, Big Bash League, Melbourne

Nathan Lyon impressed with a three-wicket haul as Sydney Sixers restricted Melbourne Renegades to 128 for seven and later chased down the target with ease in 15.1 overs with eight wickets in hand in the 30th game of the Big Bash League in Melbourne.

This is Sixers' second win of the season after a torrid start while Renegades are struck in the fourth position with eight points.

It was Syndey Sixers, who won the toss and opted to bowl first. Ben Dwarshuis (0-20) started the proceedings well for the Renegades as he conceded just two runs off his first two overs and the pressure resulted in Sean Abbott (2-35) dismissing Luke Wright (11) in the fourth over.

Lyon (3-18) was introduced in the sixth over and he straightaway created an impact as he had Kevin Pietersen (9) caught at deep midwicket and in the next delivery, also had Ben Dunk (7) caught behind. The Renegades were reduced to 31 for three in the powerplay.

Glenn Maxwell (28) struck a boundary and a six in the seventh over to inject some momentum while Peter Handscomb (14) was handed a reprieve when Daniel Hughes dropped him at short leg. At the halfway mark, Renegades were positioned 64 for three.

Abbott was severely treated by Maxwell when he hit him for two sixes off three deliveries in the 11th over but he got his revenge when he had the swashbuckling all-rounder caught behind a delivery later.

From there on, with even Handscomb dismissed by Lyon, James Faulkner (28) and Evan Gulbis (24) decided to play out the overs and with a 50 run stand for the sixth wicket helped the home side post 128 for seven in the 20 overs.

Lyon was the pick of the Sixers bowlers with a three-wicket haul while Abbott had two.

Hughes (49 not out) and Joe Denly (12) provided a solid start of 29 runs before Faulkner (1-20) had the latter caught in the fourth over. Hughes struck two fours in the next over while Nic Maddinson (62) smashed a six and a boundary in the sixth over at the end of which the score was 49 for one.

Maddinson, who enjoyed a missed stumping continued to attack as he hit three more maximums to bring the 50-run stand with Hughes off 34 deliveries. With three more boundaries in the 12th over, he completed a 23-ball fifty but was dismissed when eight runs were needed for victory which the Sixers eventually completed in 15.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Lyon was named the man of the match for his brilliance with the ball.

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