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WATCH-Big Bash League 2019 Final: Melbourne Renegades’ skipper Aaron Finch smashes chair after getting run-out


Finch had been out-of-form right through the course of the season and any hopes of redeeming himself in the final went up in smoke after he was dismissed for just 13 runs.

Melbourne Renegades’ skipper Aaron Finch let his feeling known to a chair after getting dismissed courtesy of a freak run-out during the Big Bash League final against Melbourne Stars at the Docklands Stadium on Sunday.

Finch had been out-of-form right through the course of the tournament and any hopes of redeeming himself in the final went up in smoke after the right-hander was dismissed for just 13 runs.

On the last ball of the sixth over, Cameron White hit the ball hard and it went straight towards bowler Jackson Bird. The ball ricochet off his boot and hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end. The third umpire was called in to check but Finch knew he was out of his crease when the ball crashed into the stumps and started to walk-off.

Replays showed that Finch was way out of his crease when the ball made a mess of the stumps and with that the skipper’s time in the middle came to an abrupt end.

As he was making his way back into the hut, Finch let his frustrations known on a chair which was lying around inside the tunnel. Finch hit the chair so hard that it went flying across the tunnel. But the Australian ODI skipper wasn’t done yet as he hit the chair again with all his might.

Tom Cooper top scored with an unbeaten 43 as the Melbourne Renegades were restricted to 145 for five by the Melbourne Stars. Sent into bat by Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell at Docklands Stadium, the Renegades lost early wickets, including Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch, and struggled to get back in the game.

Cooper shared in an 80-run unbroken stand with Dan Christian, who was not 38, to push the total into respectable territory with 29 runs off the last two overs helping the cause. Jackson Bird took 2-25 and Adam Zampa 2-21.

This is Renegades’ maiden appearance in the BBL final, while the Stars were beaten finalists at home to Sydney Thunder in 2016.

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