Jason Holder once again pulled off a batting masterclass in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League. Plying his trade for Sydney Sixers, the Caribbean was at his impressive best in the run-chase against Melbourne Renegades at Carrara Oval in Queensland.
He displayed superb finishing skills in the last over of the game. Sydney Sixers already lost 8 wickets and required 16 runs off the last over. However, Jason Holder gave his team a ray of hope by staying calm at the crease.
The West Indies international faced against Will Sutherland in the final over of the game. Sutherland ensured to keep things tight as he bowled a dot ball in his first delivery itself. The pressure was slowly piling up and so was the required run rate.
However, Holder nudged the ball down the ground and took calculated risk to complete 2 runs for his side. The equation was still complicated when they required 14 runs off the last 4 balls.
Jason Holder pulls off batting masterclass
Holder unleashed his batting skills by smashing back-to-back fours in the third and fourth delivery. Sutherland was on the receiving end as he leaked costly runs and eventually lost confidence in himself.
Holder comfortably hit a huge six in the 5th ball and pulled off a thrilling victory over the Renegades. Sydney Sixers chased down the target with 1 ball to spare. Daniel Hughes’ team won the game by 2 wickets.
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Sydney Sixers go on top of the table
The impressive win helped Sixers go on top of the points table with 16 points. The Sixers won 4 games and lost just one. On the other hand, Renegades managed to win just once in 5 fixtures. They gained only 4 points so far in the league.
Melbourne Renegades won the toss and decided to bat first. They provided a great start in the form of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. The opening pair constructed 75-run stand before captain Finch was dismissed on 39 (4 fours).
However, Shaun Marsh went about his business and scored a terrific 67 off 48 balls. His innings included as many as 5 fours and 2 sixes. After his departure, the Renegades kept on losing wickets in regular intervals.
Carlos Brathwaite and Daniel Christian took 2 wickets each while Holder and Manenti took a wicket apiece. In reply, Josh Philippe and Jack Edwards added 53-run partnership for the first wicket before Edwards departed after making just 21. Peter took his wicket.
Philippe scored 48 with the help of 8 fours and was dismissed by Imad Wasim. There was no stability in the run-chase as Nabi dismissed Hughes and Vince in quick intervals.
Jordan Silk did his part by scoring 31 off 23 (4 fours). Holder hit the winning runs for his team as he remained not out on 33 off 18 balls. He hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in the game.