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White, Hogg guide Renegades to seven-run win on Melbourne derby day

Brad Hogg was also the man of the match for his performance
Brad Hogg was also the man of the match for his performance

Melbourne Renegades 171-4 (White 64no) beat
Melbourne Stars 151-9 (Hogg 3-22) by 7 runs (D/L)
12th match, Big Bash League, Melbourne

Cameron White scored an unbeaten 64 to help Melbourne Renegades post 171 for four in their innings following which their bowlers led by a three-wicket haul from Brad Hogg restricted Melbourne Stars to 151 for nine in a rain affected game to secure a seven-run win by Duckworth-Lewis on Melbourne derby day of Big Bash League 2016-17 tournament.

Stars won the toss and elected to field first. Renegades made a surprise move by opening the batting with Sunil Narine (21) and Aaron Finch (30).

The second over bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus (0-33) saw Finch plunder a six while Narine smashed a boundary as Renegades went to 23 for naught.

Scott Boland (1-44) was also treated harshly by Narine when he hit him for a four and a six in the fourth over but eventually the Australian bowler got his revenge, having the West Indian spinner caught brilliantly by Kevin Pietersen at long off. Renegades ended the powerplay at 56 for one.

Renegades' momentum was dented when James Faulkner (1-19) and Adam Zampa (1-26) were introduced in the attack.

Zampa had Marcus Harris (9) stumped in his first over while Faulkner castled Finch in his second over to reduce Renegades to 65 for three in the ninth over.

White (64 not out) and Tom Cooper (36) helped Renegades recover with their 72-run stand which came in 49 deliveries.

Even though, Cooper fell in the 17th over, White completed his fifty in 35 deliveries and helped Renegades post 171 for four. The last five overs yielded 49 runs for Renegades.

The ploy to open with Glenn Maxwell (1) did not work well with Stars after he was castled by Cooper (1-5) in the fourth delivery.

Pietersen (15) got going with a couple of boundaries but Cameron Stevenson (1-21) had him caught at mid off in the third over as Stars were reduced to 18 for two.

David Hussey (20) looked in brilliant touch and smashed four boundaries in his first nine deliveries and when the score was 50 for two at the end of the first six overs, rain arrived.

After few minutes delay, the game was reduced to 18 overs with the target revised to 159 runs.

The break in play did not help as Hussey was castled by Hogg (3-22) in the first over of resumption. The runs dried after Hussey's departure and the required run rate crossed 10 at the half-way mark.

Hogg bowled the decisive 15th over when he removed both Luke Wright (44) and Sam Harper (2). The penultimate over saw three run outs and Stoinis (18 not out) could not quiet get going as Stars succumbed to a seven-run defeat.

Hogg bagged the player of the match.

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