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Twitter Reactions: Renegades run out Stars in the Melbourne derby game

Brad Hogg of the Renegades
Brad Hogg of the Renegades appeals successfully to dismiss Sam Harper. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

In the first match of the year 2017, the 12th of the Big Bash League 2016-17 a Melbourne derby game between the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades, Stars skipper David Hussey won the toss and decided to invite the Renegades to bat first. Everyone was in for a surprise as spinner Sunil Narine walked out to open the innings with Aaron Finch.

The West Indian coming true to the image of the Caribbean players swung the bat around and hit three big shots. He hit a couple of boundaries and a six to score 21 from 13 balls. Though he was dismissed soon it gave them a head start in the innings. Finch at the other end, also played a few risk shots and the scoring rate was healthy from the onset.

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Half century from Cameron White – 64 off 43 with four boundaries and two sixes along with a useful 36-run knock by Tom Cooper took the Renegades to 171 in their share of 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.

There was a rain interruption in the game and it persisted for quite a bit which reduced the second innings to 18 overs. The revised target for Stars was 158.

They were off to the worst possible starts as strike batsman and opener Glenn Maxwell was out in the very first over after scoring just one run. He was bowled by Cooper. His partner Luke Right did score 45 but was also out bowled by the chinaman, Brad Hogg. 15, 20, 25, 18 from Kevin Pietersen, Mike Hussey, James Faulkner and Marcu Stoinis respectively kept them going but were still quite far from the target.

A lower order collapse triggered by run outs saw the Stars just tumble on their way and lost the closely by just 7 runs in the end. The Renegades seamers bowled a total of 9 overs amongst them and went for as many as 98 runs at an economy of 10.88 accounting for just a couple of wickets. The spinners on the other hand, were double as effective as them as far as the wickets is considered and conceded almost half the runs costing 53 in 9 overs at 5.88.

Here is how Twitter reacted during the game:

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