Sydney Sixers move to second with last-over chase against Renegades
Sydney Sixers 171-4 (Hughes 41) beat
Melbourne Renegades 170-6 (Finch 57) by six wickets
21st match, Big Bash League, Sydney
A collective batting effort from Sydney Sixers saw then chase them 171 against Melbourne Renegades in the final over with six wickets in hand in the 21st match of the Big Bash League at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Melbourne Renegades won the toss and opted to bat first. The ploy to open with Sunil Narine (4) failed badly for Renegades as Jackson Bird (1-39) held a return catch of his own bowling.
Cameron White (19) started the innings positively with a six and a four but was first of Ben Dwarshuis' (3-35) victim. Aaron Finch (57) and Tom Cooper (39) played positively to take Renegades to 57 for two at the end of powerplay.
However, Sydney Sixers bounced back brilliantly by conceding just 26 runs in the next four overs and the pressure eventually got the better of Cooper, who was caught behind of Dwarshuis in the 12th over.
Finch's fifty came in 38 deliveries but he failed to carry on as he holed out to long off in the 17th over bowled by Johan Botha (1-38).
Callum Ferguson (39) played a brilliant 25-ball which had two sixes and a boundary to take Melbourne Renegades to 170 for six in the 20 overs.
Renegades started the second innings with a lot of confidence as Cooper (0-1) conceded just one-run in the first over. However, it was a matter of time before Daniel Hughes (41) and Michael Lumb (31) got going with 10 boundaries between them in the powerplay by the end of which Sixers were placed 60 for naught.
The fact that it was raining did not help Renegades' cause as the pitch got better to bat on.
Narine (2-30) provided the breakthrough when he had Hughes caught at deep square leg while Thisara Perera (2-26) in his first over had Lumb caught at short third man. At the halfway mark, Sixers needed 85 runs.
Nic Maddinson (26) looked good during his 17-ball knock but was stumped off Narine in the 14th over. A couple of boundaries from Brad Haddin (31 not out) brought down the required run rate down to seven with four more overs to go.
However, Renegades bounced back by conceding just 19 runs in the next three overs and picked the wicket of Henriques as well leaving Sixers nine runs to get in the final over bowled by James Pattinson (0-36).
After a dot ball, Pattinson conceded a boundary to Haddin in the second ball and followed it with a no-ball which the former Australian wicket-keeper capitalised and took Sixers to a six-wicket win. For his outstanding efforts with the bat at the death, Haddin bagged the player of the match.
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