It was Cameron Boyce’s night at MCG as he became the first bowler in BBL history to take a double hat-trick. But, his side couldn’t make it to the victory line and lost the game by one run to Sydney Thunder.
The leg-spinner took 5-21 off his four overs to put Renegades at the top of Thunder.
But, the game had many see-saw moments where one or the other side was going up or down.
Innings story of Sydney Thunder
Winning the toss and choosing to field first, Renegades didn’t get a good start as Thunder’s skipper Usman Khwaja and Alex Hales started smashing the Renegades’ bowlers right from ball one.
As Sydney Sixers beat Brisbane Heat in the first game, it was important for Sydney Thunder to win the game by a huge margin to move past the Sixers so as to face the Perth Scorchers in the Qualifiers on Saturday night. Sydney Sixers got a total of 35 points after their game with Brisbane Heat.
Hales got down and dominated the game, by thrashing 14 runs off Zak Evans’ first over, which also had a monster six that clearly indicated the Thunder’s intention.Khwaja also wasted no time in becoming the next aggressor and took on the Renegades’ bowlers. He thumped young Will Sutherland by hitting a pull shot.
In the first four overs, the Thunder’s score was 54/0.
Although Zahir Khan produced some quality bowling, that wasn’t enough for the Renegades as Will Sutherland smashed for more runs, taking the Thunder’s score to 75/0 after six overs.
It was at this point that Finch brought Boyce into the attack.The superb run for Sydney Thunder came to an end when Hales was out after scoring 44 off 22 balls.
The second wicket for Boyce came in the form of Jason Sangha who got stumped.The next one to go was Alex Ross who got lbw by Boyce and thus gave him his hat-trick of the match.
After his first hat-trick, it was Daniel Sams who missed Boyce’s delivery and was out on lbw and handed Boyce his second hat-trick.
It was now time for Matthew Gilkes to come to the crease in less than 75 seconds before Boyce would’ve been handed the chance of making a triple hat-trick by obtaining a free delivery.
Khwaja continued his batting with Gilkes and took the team score to 93/4 in ten overs.After the departure of Gilkes, it was Khwaja and Ben Cutting’s experienced batting that helped to take the Thunder’s score to 135/5 in 16 overs.
But Boyce continued his dominant game and had Cutting run out after he touched the incoming ball from Khwaja that hit the stumps and as Cutting was inches short of the crease, he had to go back to the dugout.
Khwaja was dismissed on 77 by Evans.
Nathan McAndrew played a cameo that took the team’s final score to 170/8 in 20 overs.
Innings story of the Melbourne Renegades
It was a rocky start to the innings for the Renegades as Gurinder Sandhu took the wicket of James Seymour (2) early on.
The dependable duo of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh then set themselves to the task of guiding their team home.But as their partnership reached 50 runs, it was Marsh who was caught out and gave his wicket to Tanveer Sangha.
Unmukt Chand then came in to bat at number four and decided to put his debut in the past as he partnered up with Finch to put Renegades in the driver’s seat at 77/2 at the midway stage.
But Chand soon got out at 29 and it brought Jono Merlo who struck boundaries on his first two balls that again shifted the game back in the Renegades’ favor.The thrills and chills continued for both teams. By the 18th over, it was Aaron Finch’s side who were looking to win the contest.
But as soon as Merlo was out, the game tilted in the favour of Thunder. When Harper came to the crease, the Renegades needed 9 off the last over.Harper was run out and the Renegades still needed 9 from 4 balls. Finch was rapidly losing partners at the other end.
Finch himself gave in to the pressure when he hit the ball in the air to give a diving catch to Daniel Sams.But, all was not lost for the Renegades as Sutherland hit a massive six, bringing the chase down to three off two balls.
It was looking as if Boyce would hit the winning runs for the team, but he ended up hitting a dot ball that resulted in Thunder winning the game by a single run.
But, Thunder, however, couldn’t jump over Sydney Sixers to clinch the qualifier spot.
Sandhu was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 3-33.
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