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Twitter Reactions: Daniel Christian’s blitz helps Rengades seal a last over thriller to set up the finals date with the Stars

Sixers not upping the ante in the last few overs hurt them in the end.

Daniel Christian
Daniel Christian. (Photo by Darrian Traynor – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

The Melbourne derby will decide the winner of this edition’s Big Bash League (BBL). After Melbourne Stars’ clinical performance the other night, the Renegades managed to steal a last over thriller against the Sydney Sixers in the second semi-final at the Docklands Stadium. Daniel Christian was there at the end again and brought his experience to the fore to take his team over the line.

The chase was calculated brilliantly by the Renegades after very few gave them a chance. A total of 181 to gun down in the pressure semi-final and they lost Marcus Harris in the first over itself. But then Sam Harper launched an assault on them. He took full advantage of the field restrictions to score 36 runs off just 17 balls. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch played second fiddle to him and concentrating on playing deep in the innings.

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A 46-run stand between him and Harper followed by a 51-run association between the skipper and Cameron White. The Renegades then, from 101/2, slumped to 133/6 and the Sixers were once again back in the game. But then Daniel Christian has made a habit of ending up on the winning side in such thrillers. He smacked an unbeaten 31 off just 14 balls to take his team over the line in a thrilling last over.

Cameron Boyce also played his part but the winning six off the last ball of the 19th over came off Christian’s bat. The game twisted in the final over with Boyce getting hit wicket but Kane Richardson and Christian kept their cool eventually to book the finals date on Sunday.

Phillipe and Hughes slam half-centuries

Earlier, after being put in to bat first, the Sixers got off to a perfect start. The duo of Josh Phillipe and Daniel Hughes added 87 runs for the first wicket in less than nine overs. Both of them scored 52 runs each before being dismissed. When Hughes was dismissed by Boyce in the 13th over when the score was 121 runs but then the Sixers struggled to up the ante despite having wickets in hand.

They could add only 59 runs off 47 balls to end up on 180 runs for the loss of only three wickets after 20 overs and not scoring quickly in the last hurdle hurt them badly.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the game:

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