Sydney Sixers slide to fifth consecutive defeat

Dwayne Bravo registered figures of 29 for three
Dwayne Bravo registered figures of 29 for three

Melbourne Renegades 112-2 (Finch 51) beat
Sydney Sixers 111-8 (Bravo 3-29) by eight wickets
16th match, Big Bash League, Geelong

After Dwayne Bravo and Mohammad Nabi teamed up to restrict Sydney Sixers to 111 for eight, Aaron Finch and Cameron White played responsible knocks to help Melbourne Renegades complete a wight wicket victory in the 16th game of the Big Bash League in Geelong.

Melbourne Renegades won the toss and decided to bowl first. Nabi (2-22) opening the bowling, struck in just the fourth delivery when he had Peter Nevill (0) caught behind.

The pressure built up further when Kane Richardson (0-13) bowled a maiden over and Bravo (3-29) struck in his second delivery to send Jason Roy (5) back. In the powerplay phase, Sydney Sixers managed 20 for two.

The innings hardly had any momentum with Nic Maddinson (24) and Sam Billings (22) going at less than a 100 strike-rate and by the 15th over, the Sixers were reeling at 70 for six.

The innings finally had something to cheer as Johan Botha (32 not out) with his unbeaten 23 ball knock that had three boundaries and a six to push the total to 111 for eight in the 20 overs.

Bravo picked three wickets to his name while Nabi snared two for the Renegades.

In the chase, the Renegades lost Marcus Harris (1) early but Finch (58) and White (49 not out) went on to add 91 runs for the second wicket to lay a solid platform.

Finch's half-century came off 38 deliveries in the 13th over but an indecision in running led to his dismissal soon after the milestone. However, White ensured the Renegades completed the chase in 15.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.

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