The 12th game of the Big Bash League did witness a classic Melbourne derby as Melbourne Stars took on Melbourne Renegades at MCG.Renegades came out on top in a game that was too close to call till the last moment. Earlier in the day, Cameron White played a scintillating innings of 64 runs to help side post 171 runs after 20 overs before spin duo of Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg put on a chokehold on Melbourne Stars batting lineup to win the game by a close margin of 7 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method.
The rain affected the game as the two overs were lost which meant that Stars have to chase down a target of 158 runs from 18 overs. Aaron Finch did spring a surprise as Sunil Narine came out with him to open the innings much to the surprise of fans in the stadium. The ploy worked as both added 38 runs in a space of four overs before White played a pitch perfect innings on a slow surface to see the side post a good score. Finch and Cooper scored useful 30s while White top scored for Renegades with 64 runs off 43 balls. Marcus Stoinis and James Faulkner were impressive with the ball on the night but Ben Hilfenhaus and Scot Boland were expensive in the early overs of the innings.
Stars chase was far from ideal as they lost their big player Glenn Maxwell in the very first over. Luke Wright did play as he scored 45 runs off 40 balls to keep his side in hunt till the end. Kevin Pietersen also made a quick start to the innings but was undone by medium pacer Stevenson to see Renegades take control of the game. The spinners in Hogg and Narine did not allow the batting lineup to score freely as they conceded 48 runs from 8 overs with three wickets to their name. The rest of bowling was expensive as Tremain and Lawford went for runs as Stars kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely.
Chris Tremain after bowling an initial burst of two overs came back into the attack in the 14th over to dismiss James Faulkner to see his side in a driving seat in the game. Melbourne Renegades would be pleased with this win as they quickly shrug off the disappointments of the last game against Scorchers. Stars will have to put up a better show with the ball to attain better results in this edition of Big Bash League.