The day belonged to Melbourne Renegades as they outclassed Hobart Hurricanes at their home ground Bellerive Oval, Hobart. Renegades grabbed their first victory of the league by 7 wickets. After winning the toss, Renegades restricted Hurricanes to a chase-able score of 164 on a batting friendly wicket with the magical bowling of Dwayne Bravo.
Hobart hurricanes had a fine start and scored 53 runs in powerplay before Bravo provided the much needed breakthrough on the last ball of powerplay. The partnership between Ben McDermott and Captain George Bailey provided some stability to the batting side and added 52 runs before Bravo got the wicket of McDermott on a slower one. Daniel Christian and Mathew Wade tried to boost the scorecard and scored rapid 23 and 15 respectively. In the last over of Hurricane’s inning, they only managed to get 11 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Bravo got his second five wicket haul of his T20 career by picking up 5-28. He’s become now the first player to reach 400 T20 wickets.
Hobart Hurricanes got an early breakthrough by removing Aaron Finch in the first over. But this early wicket didn’t affect the batting side and the two batsmen went on scoring big runs. Cameron White and Marcus Harris shared a partnership of 113 runs from 77 balls. In the 14th over, Jofra Archer brought some relief to the fielding side by picking up the key wickets of Harris along with Tom Cooper. Harris with the help of 4 fours and 1 six scored 50 runs from 34 balls.
White was really unstoppable and established another match winning partnership of 48 runs with Brad Hodge. Melbourne Renegades reached the target in the 19th over with the match winning knock of 79* from White. The 34 year old Cameron White struck 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 59 balls knock. Hodge also contributed rapid 22 runs off 14 balls.
Archer was the only bowler to take 2 wickets in the match. He bowled 14 dots in his 4 overs and gave away only 17 runs at an economy of 4.25
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