The ongoing 10th edition of the Big Bash League has witnessed great moments apart from the controversial umpiring calls. The batsmen, bowlers, and fielders held the fans spellbound with extraordinary performances.
While the league saw high-flying sixes and superb bowling spells, the fans witnessed terrific catches as well. The 22nd match between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder took place at Carrara Oval in Queensland.
Sydney Thunder are in top form this season as they are at the top of the points table. They won 5 games and lost just once and accumulated as many as 19 points. On the other hand, Melbourne Renegades are placed at the bottom of the points table with 4 points.
It has been a string of defeats and heartbreaks for Renegades. They managed to win just one game and lost as many as 5 games in the ongoing season. Both teams gave it all in the rain-curtailed fixture.
Harvey takes a screamer to dismiss Hales
During the match, Renegades’ player Mackenzie Harvey took a sensational catch to get rid of Thunder opener Alex Hales. During the run-chase, Thunder opening pair Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales provided a blistering start to the game.
The opening pair added a 52-run-stand before Hales was dismissed by Mitchell Perry. The right-arm fast bowler delivered a full toss slightly towards off-stump. Hales who was looking dangerous attempted to hit the ball towards the off-side for a boundary.
However, he ended up finding Renegades fielder Mackenzie Harvey. He dived fully towards his left to complete a stunning piece of catch. England international Hales couldn’t believe his eyes as he departed after making 45 off 19 balls.
Hales’ innings included a flurry of 7 fours and 2 sixes to his name. He maintained a terrific strike-rate of 236.84. Khawaja remained unbeaten on 48 off 34 balls including 6 fours.
Sydney Thunder beat Renegades
Thunder captain Ferguson won the toss and opted to bowl first. Renegades batted first and posted a total of 166 for the loss of 6 wickets in 17 overs. Shaun Marsh carried Renegades single-handedly on his shoulders in terms of batting. However, his knock went in vain.
The left-handed batsman scored an impressive 87 off 48 balls with the help of 5 fours and 5 sixes. Nabi did his part as he scored 33 off 24 balls. McAndrew was the pick of the bowlers for Sydney Thunder. He alone dismantled the opposition batting line-up by taking 3 important wickets.
Thunder scored 117/2 in 12 overs before heavy rain stopped play. Callum Ferguson’s Sydney Thunder won the game by 7 games (DLS method). Alex Hales was adjudged the man of the match for his terrific batting performance.
Imad Wasim and Mitchell Perry took a wicket each for Renegades. Renegades will take on Perth Scorchers on January 3 whereas Sydney Thunder will play against Brisbane Heat on January 4.