In the fourth match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Melbourne Renegades crushed Perth Scorchers by 7 wickets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
Chasing the paltry target of 131, Renegades started pretty well after their openers Shaun Marsh (62), and Aaron Finch (35) completely steamrolled the bowling of Scorchers. Both the batters showed their superior class and smashed boundaries at all corners of the ground.
The duo was looking set to get their side over the finish line as they added 70 runs in 8.2 overs. However, Jhye Richardson had some other plans. The right-armer bowled a slower delivery and sent Finch back to the dugout. Finch scored runs at a strike-rate of 125 with five fours and a six.
Marsh, on the other hand, kept on tickling the scoreboard and reached his first half-century of BBL 10. Marsh, in fact, got out at the very end when Renegades had equalled the score. The left-handed batsman slammed eight boundaries, including a maximum.
In 16.3 overs, Renegades chased down the target and won the contest by 7 wickets.
Hardie and Turner drive Scorchers to 130
Earlier, Scorchers’ skipper Ashton Turner and lower-order batsman Aaron Hardie played some valuable knocks to take their side to 130.
Hardie smashed 33 off 36 balls with the help of two boundaries. Turner, on the other hand, scored a quickfire 24 from 16 deliveries laced up with five scintillating fours.
For the Renegades, Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson were the pick of the bowlers. Lalor picked up three wickets for 30 in his quota of 4 overs. At the same time, Richardson also bagged three scalps in 3.1 overs while conceding 22 runs.
Peter Hatzoglou also shined with the white leather after he finished with two wickets for 29. Apart from Hatzoglou, off-spinner Beau Webster claimed one wicket for 14 in 3 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
The 'Gades bloody love it!
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 12, 2020
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) December 12, 2020
Scorchers batting is really weak for this format! And they decided to buy Colin Munro who is out of form for more than a year! #BBL10
— Anirudh (@ForwardDefence_) December 12, 2020
Perth Scorchers bowler out for 130 against Melbourne Renegades. Scorchers innings never got going, Kane Richardson and Josh Lalor were fantastic with 3 wickets each.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 12, 2020
I know he's in a terrible run of form but I still love Ashton Turner. I really hope we can see him get back to his best during this tournament.
— Patrick Gray (@PatrickM_Gray) December 12, 2020
— Dimi Mascarenhas (@dimimascarenhas) December 12, 2020
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 12, 2020
— Priyadarshi Das (@toposant55) December 12, 2020
I think it's time for Shaun Marsh to dig up his Baggy Green out of the cupboard.
— Paul Colbert (@PaulColbert_) December 12, 2020