In the ongoing Big Bash, Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday delivered a knockout punch to the contenting opposition Sydney Thunders in the final battle to make their place in the semis. It was a power packed performance by the Renegades that brought them the win by nine runs.
When the opening pair of Marcus Harris and Matthew Short came on the pitch it was a run hitting innings where Harris blasted 41 runs off 64 balls. The partnership between Harris and Short of 77 runs gave an explosive start to the Renegades. But soon wickets in quick sessions got Sydney Thunders back in the game.
Playing a strong game, however, Renegades brought the score to 189 for 6, backed with the swift 18 runs off just 4 balls. The game could have gone further out of control for the Thunders if it was not for Gurinder Sandhu who sent Kieron Pollard and Jack Wildermuth back to the pavilion.
Playing in defense, Thunder started with a rather weak pace losing both openers for just 13 runs. To fill the space Jay Lenton and Shane Watson came on the pitch and injected the needed momentum in the innings hitting five sixes in their partnership. This got Thunder a good score and the runs came pouring in when Arjun Nair and Ben Rohrer kept hitting big adding five more sixes to the list.
At this moment it seemed as if Renegades are going to lost the match but Kane Richardson brought in the much-needed break by bagging wickets of both Nair and Rohrer in the same over. But the strong partnership already put the Thunder on track with only 40 more runs needed from the last three overs. The situation got worse when Chris Green added two more sixes bringing down the chase to 22 runs off 2 overs. However, Renegades were finally able to seal the deal by clipping wicket of Green in the final over.
This defeat got Sydney Thunder out of the league for this season, but also their poor performance in the series with only four wins out of 10 games, put them at the 6th spot in the ranking list. Renegades on the other side kept their 3rd position in the list with this win. The only possible situations in which Renegades can drop out of the race is if the 7th positioned Brisbane Heat beats them in the game with a massive margin to belittle their run rate or if the 4th positioned Hobart Hurricanes either win their next game or do not lose it with a big margin.