Melbourne Renegades had a disastrous campaign last year but fortunes have truly changed this time around. In the game played at Melbourne, they easily defended a score of 179 runs against Sydney Thunders to win their first game of the competition. Thunder’s season is going pear-shaped as they now conceded two losses this season in the Big Bash League.
Aaron Finch as the captain launched an early assault on the opposition bowlers as he scored 63 off 37 balls.He struck three fours and four sixes in his innings that showed glimpses of his true destructive abilities at the top of the order in this format. He took a liking to the spin of Fawad Ahmed who was smashed for consecutive sixes. Callum Ferguson and Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with vital runs to see Melbourne end up with 179 runs on the board.
The chase for Thunders was that not ideal as they lost two wickets in the early overs but Ryan Gibson and Ben Rohrer provided a good fight back to stabilize the innings. The game turned in favor of Renegades as left arm china-man Brad Hogg came onto the attack and took two wickets in an over to see Sydney Thunders be in all sorts of trouble.The wily left arm spinner showed his value after shifting franchise by moving to Melbourne Renegades from Perth Scorchers this season.
The bowlers were good on the night as Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo bowled tidy spells to maintain pressure on Thunder’s throughout their batting innings.
Sydney Thunders do have some positives as Pat Cummins was racing through and bowling at 150 Kph in his early spell to finish with excellent figures from his four overs. Cummins also showed he can bat also he timed 23 ball 37 runs that included four sixes in his innings. Melbourne Renegades with their first win under their belt will surely look to surprise many in the competition with Aaron Finch showing prime form with the bat.