Twitter Reactions: Thunder fall agonisingly short of the target against the wily Renegades
Finch's half-century and White's 40-run knock coupled with tight bowling helped the Renegades climb to the second spot.
Published - Jan 22, 2019 5:19 pm | Updated - Jan 22, 2019 5:19 pm
The Melbourne Renegades defended a below-par total of 152 runs in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) against the Sydney Thunder at the Showground stadium. It was quite a professional effort from Aaron Finch and his boys as they never let the opposition batsmen off the hook. Despite Callum Ferguson and Jason Sangha smashing half-centuries in the chase, the Thunder fell short of the target by 12 runs.
The start was not at all good for the home side as they lost both the openers Anton Devcich and the skipper, Shane Watson, very quickly. They could collectively add one run off eight balls after which Ferguson and Sangha joined hands to rebuild the innings. The duo did well to stall the fall of wickets but upping the ante was an issue for them especially after the powerplay.
With long square boundaries, the fours and sixes weren’t coming at will and moreover, the Renegades’ bowlers were exceptional on the day. Harry Gurney and Kane Richardson were brilliant in their execution and more importantly, their fielders supported them to make it tough for the Thunder. The likes of Daniel Sams and Chris Green also couldn’t hit boundaries in the death overs even as Sangha tried his best until the last over.
They could only notch up 11 fours and a solitary six during the whole of 20 overs and reached only 140 runs for the loss of five wickets. Gurney was the best bowler for the Renegades as he returned with the figures of 2/27 in his four overs.
Finch and White propel the Renegades
Earlier, after opting to bowl first, the Thunder had got off to a great start. The surprise opener Cameron Boyce bagged a second-ball duck even as Sam Harper was castled. Tom Cooper also played a slow knock of 22 runs but Finch and Cameron White didn’t deter.
They added 65 runs for the fourth wicket stand in just 41 balls and kept the scoreboard ticking in the middle overs. Despite a collapse in the final few overs and the lack of final flourish to the innings, the visitors managed to cross the 150-run mark which proved to be enough in the end.
Sams and Gurinder Sandhu shared six wickets between them after conceding only 52 runs in eight overs combined. But their efforts went in vain completely as the Thunder’s batsmen couldn’t chase down the middling total.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the game:
— Lloyd (@Lloydie_R) January 22, 2019
renegades keep hanging around and back into 2nd #BBL08
— Luke (@lucrious) January 22, 2019
Crucial win for the @RenegadesBBL to keep them in the finals race, they got a bit lucky that Gurney's dropped catch on Jason Sangha didn't change the momentum of the game, but his death bowling proved the difference. Tough loss for the @ThunderBBL. #BBL08 #BBL #Cricket
— Trystan Spooner (@TrystanSpooner) January 22, 2019
Aaron Finch doing what Aaron Finch does best 🏏 pic.twitter.com/Ukpx3tADbW
— James (@Surreycricfan) January 22, 2019
— Matt Cecins (@matt_cecins) January 22, 2019
— ArjGiese (@ArjGiese) January 22, 2019
— Nick Rance (@NickRance11) January 22, 2019
— JustJan2 (@bimmyjartel) January 22, 2019
I'm going to guess Jason Sangha's 50 won't win player of the match. Except maybe for the Renegades. #BBL08
— Ian (@Ian__P) January 22, 2019
Surely that dropped catch from Harry Gurney marks an all-time low for the fielding in #BBL08? What an absolute farce!
— John Takemura (@takaspeaksout) January 22, 2019
— Justin Devine (@jdevine1974) January 22, 2019
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 22, 2019
Cameron White looking brilliant!
— Cricket Australia Fan (@CricketAustFan) January 22, 2019
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