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Twitter Reactions: Melbourne Renegades thump Perth Scorchers to start BBL campaign

Renegades won with 28 balls to spare.

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi of Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The match between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers in the 2018-19 Big Bash League (BBL) at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne turned out to be a rather one-sided affair. In the end, it was the Renegades, captained by Tom Cooper, emerged triumphant by four wickets. Scorchers’ bowlers did reasonably well but didn’t get appropriate support from the batsmen.

Renegades restrict the batters

Melbourne Renegades won the toss and elected to bowl first and the decision paid dividends as their bowlers restricted the Scorchers to 103 and bowled them out with one over remaining. Sam Whiteman was castled by Pakistani speedster Usman Shinwari. David Willey and Michael Klinger threatened for a brief while, but Kane Richardson removed Willey for 12 to pick up the second wicket.

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Klinger, who looked the best amongst the batter with 28 runs from 32 balls, was nipped out by speedster Daniel Christian. Thereafter, the Scorchers strained and couldn’t inject any momentum into the innings. From the Renegades’ perspective, Richardson and Christian picked up three wickets each while Usman and fast bowler Jack Wildermuth got rid of a couple of batsmen each.

Renegades struggle, but prevail

The Scorchers, in their run-chase, got off to a horrendous start as they were reduced to 17/4 in the fourth over. Even as Tim Ludeman and Cameron White perished to left-armer Jason Behrendroff, Nathan Courter Nile dismissed Wildermuth and skipper Tom Cooper. Nevertheless, Sam Harper and Afghan veteran Mohammad Nabi took the bowling by the scruff of their necks.

The duo cobbled together a stand of 68 runs from 45 balls. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar accounted for the wicket of Nabi, who scored 35 with four boundaries and two sixes. Scorchers picked up the sixth wicket in the form of Harper after he racked up 36 from 25 balls. It was Will Sutherland and Christian, who held their nerves and got the Renegades’ home with 28 balls to spare.

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