The 21st game in the Big Bash League saw Sydney Sixers take on Melbourne Renegades at Sydney Cricket Ground. The game was close call as the two sides fought hard till the end. Sixers playing at home did manage to win the game after Daniel Hughes and Michael Lumb played good innings at the top of order in pursuit of the target.
Melbourne Renegades won the toss and elected to bat first on surface known to slow down in the second half of the game. Aaron Finch led the way for Renegades with 57 runs off 44 balls.He struck six fours and a six in his innings to help his side post 170 runs on the board. Tom Cooper and Callum Ferguson also scored valuable 30s to help the side gain some valuable runs at the end.Ben Dwarshuis was the pick of the bowlers for Sydney Sixers as he took three wickets while spinners Nathan Lyon and Johan Botha bowled tidy spells to keep Renegades run-rate in check.
Sydney Sixers started well in the chase as openers Michael Lumb and Daniel Hughes put on 72 runs in space of seven overs. While Lumb departed after scoring 31 runs as he was dismissed by medium pacer Thisara Perera. Daniel Hughes once again played well as he scored 41 runs off 29 balls but could not reach his fifty after Narine dismissed to see the spinner claim his first wicket of the innings. Brad Haddin played a crucial knock at the end to see his win the game by six wickets as the home side clinched their fourth win from six game played in the competition.
Melbourne Renegades are now placed at fifth but need other batsmen to stand up as there seems to be an over-reliance on Captain Aaron Finch to do bulk of the scoring in the competition.