In the 18th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23, Sydney Sixers thrashed Melbourne Renegades at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. It was Sixers’ third victory in the tournament, which put them in fourth place in the points table.
After being asked to bat first, the Sixers posted a competitive 149/8 on the board, thanks to a brilliant knock from opening batter Josh Philippe. The wicketkeeper-batter held one end and kept the run-rate high. He smashed a fabulous half-century and scored 55 off 40 deliveries with the help of five fours and a couple of sixes.
Apart from Philippe, no other batter from the Sixers got the momentum, with James Vince being the second top-scorer (26). For the Renegades, Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up three wickets while conceding 29 in his quota of 4 overs.
In response, the Nic Maddinson-led side never really got going and got bundled out for a mere 115 in 19 overs to lose the contest by 34 runs. The senior batting duo of Aaron Finch (36) and Shaun Marsh (28) did stay for a while and added a crucial stand of 55 runs for the third wicket. But as soon as Hayden Kerr dismissed Marsh, the batting unit of Renegades fell like a pack of cards.
Ben Dwarshuis was the chief destroyer, bagging a remarkable four-wicket haul for just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs, including a maiden. Apart from Dwarshuis, Kerr (2/30) and Sean Abbott (2/17) picked up two scalps each.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 28, 2022
3 WINS IN A ROW AT HOME! 🏠😍 pic.twitter.com/dDujRguAFo
— Sydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) December 28, 2022
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) December 28, 2022
One of the most underrated performers in BBL history.
What a spell. #bbl12
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) December 28, 2022
Ben Dwarshuis getting some demons out of this SCG pitch.
Lance Morris would be licking his lips.
Pitch for the New Year's Test is two along from this one.#BBL12
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) December 28, 2022
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 28, 2022
Ben Dwarshuis bowling the BBL spell of his life tonight!!!
— Karl Seed ⚡️ (@KarlSeed29) December 28, 2022
In what world are Jackson Bird and Ben Dwarshuis not attempting a two on that last ball?
— Matt Parker (@zoonmattau) December 28, 2022
Is Ben Dwarshuis really unplayable? I dont think so and renegades making life hard for themselves they are playing so cautious…
— Bet With I (Mr Zyan) (@betwithi) December 28, 2022
Left arm pacer in Ben Dwarshuis in #BBL12 v MLR
He was just unplayable🔥
— Varun Giri (@Varungiri0) December 28, 2022