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BBL 21-22: Finch returns in style but gets subdued by Marsh’s miracle

BBL 21-22: Finch returns in style but gets subdued by Marsh’s miracle, Six Sports

The ongoing edition of the KFC BBL witnessed a spectacular contest between the in-form Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades. The Scorchers won the toss in the Marvel Stadium as they elected to bat on a flat wicket. The hosts were straight up in the game dismissing opener Josh Inglis in the powerplay.

But things took a drastic turn as the prolific Mitchell Marsh came into bat. Marsh is in the form of his life as his entry is nothing short of a Midas touch. Marsh thrashed the bowlers at all corners and went to score 86 of just 53 deliveries before the opposition captain took a brilliant catch to dismiss him at covers. His departure came in too late for the hosts as the visitors ended at a massive total of 206-5.

Melbourne Renegades had a tough job at hand considering the quality bowling attack of the Scorchers. Matters turned worse after Jason Behrendorff yorked opener Mackenzie Harvey in the second ball of the innings. Australian T20 skipper Aaron Finch was in the middle and he was coming after a long break to play his first BBL match of the season.

Finch never looked rusty rather crunched his first ball for a 3. What followed was an explosive knock from the seasoned campaigner ably supported by Renegades captain Nic Maddinson. The duo looked unstoppable as they scripted a record 130 run partnership, the best in the history of the franchise.

The high voltage looking to end as an epic chase saw another twist in the tail when the miracle man Marsh got the wicket of Maddinson off a terrific caught behind. Finch perished soon to Agar as the innings of the Renegades seemed to sink. In the end, the hosts were 21 runs short after scoring 185-5 in their 20 overs.

Perth Scorchers registered their sixth straight win as they look to be the firm favorites to lift the title. While the Renegades are at the contrasting polarity as they remain at the bottom of the table. Mitchell Marsh was awarded the Player of the Match trophy in this tight contest for his blitzkrieg with the bat.

TEAMS

Scorchers: Cameron Bancroft, Josh Inglis, Mitch Marsh, Colin Munro, Ashton Turner (c), Laurie Evans, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorf, Peter Hatzoglou, Tymal Mills

Renegades: Mackenzie Harvey, Aaron Finch, Nic Maddinson, Sam Harper, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mohammed Nabi, Will Sutherland, James Pattison, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan

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