Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder: Big Bash League live scores, blog

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    Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder


    Match 23 - MLR v SYT

    Melbourne Renegades 1st Inn 104 All Out
    Sydney Thunder 1st Inn 1/105
    Melbourne Renegades won the toss and elected to bat
    Sydney Thunder won by 9 wickets
    Sydney Thunder Over:11.3  RR:9.13
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MEK Hussey* 9 6 1 0 150.00
    UT Khawaja 46 34 7 0 135.29
    Melbourne Renegades
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    JL Pattinson* 3.3 0 30 1 8.57
    Fawad Ahmed 2.0 0 28 0 14.00
    Recent Overs:
    6  1wd  .  .  .  1  1  | 3  4  .  1  4  .  | 1  .  1  |
    Last Wicket: Dilshan, 46 (c:Hill b:Pattinson)
    Current Partnership: 16 runs, 12 balls, RR:133.33

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    A couple of days of break later, the Big Bash League will see the Melbourne Renegades looking to extend their stay in the tournament when they take on the hapless Sydney Thunder tonight. Join us for live scores from 7.40pm AEDT.

    At around this stage last season, the Renegades were all but through to the semi-finals of the competition while the Thunder were in a situation no different.

    Aaron Finch’s batting had fired the Renegades to four wins from their five games while the Thunder were on their way to winning nothing in the competition.

    Now, the Renegades are on only four points and in a dire need of at least two wins from their remaining three matches while the Thunder have quickly reached that stage where all they can do is to go out there and have fun. And try to win at least one.

    The Renegades will be bolstered for this game by the return of Finch and James Pattinson, both of whom have been released by Cricket Australia to play this one before they move back to the Australian ODI team for their second match against England.

    And with the Renegades playing their last couple of games around the same time when Australia take on England in their second and third ODI, there is every chance they will lose the duo yet again and for games against the Sixers and the Strikers.

    What does that translate into?

    The team from Melbourne need to win this one without fail to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the last-four and expect them to come out all guns blazing.

    Unfortunately for the Thunder, the board hasn’t sanctioned the release of either Michael Clarke or David Warner, leaving the team quite short on star power. The lack of experience in both, their batting and bowling, has been shown up and captain Michael Hussey’s solo efforts have gone unrewarded.

    Well, there is something to cheer for the Thunder fans though. Swashbuckling Sri Lankan opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has been brought into the 13-man squad and while a late fitness test will decide on his selection in the XI, his presence could act as a confidence-trigger.

    The signs, however, haven’t been great from the Thunder, who, after running their opponents close in their opening four games, have been brushed aside with a lot of disdain in their next two.

    The question is whether the Renegades can push their opponents’ losing streak to 20 games or if Hussey, Dilshan, Dirk Nannes and co. will pull one back for the Thunder.

    Join us for the Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder match in the Big Bash League 2013-14 on Tuesday and you can follow the live score of this game from 7.40pm AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • 1:34pm
      The Bleat said | 1:34pm | ! Report

      It’s for a children’s charity called Zaidee’s Rainbow, hence the rainbow coloured grip.

    • 10:27pm
      jamesb said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Thunder

      There should be a public holiday tomorrow because of it.

      • 6:50am
        Praveen said | 6:50am | ! Report

        How well did khawaja and Dilshan bat, always said that thunder need more batting firepower and then they can win

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:22pm | ! Report

      That’s it from me, but I will be back for tomorrow’s absolutely crucial match between the Sixers and the Hurricanes. Thank you for following this blog and have a good day/evening ahead.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      That’s an excellent finish for the Thunder. They bowled like champions and bowled the Renegades out for an underwhelming score before not allowing the Renegades a chance with the bat.

      Sandhu bagged three wickets, Mendis got a couple before Dilshan and Khawaja saw the side through to a convincing victory.

      What this does to the Renegades is that it pushes them into a corner – they not only need to win their last two games but also pray for some other results going their way and up their net run-rate. Sounds like a difficult proposition.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      A win at long last for the Thunder!

      That’s more than 700 days and 20 games since that last happened for the Thunder and they have managed to do that convincingly…!

      The Thunder beat the Renegades by nine wickets with more than eight overs to spare! It’s Hussey who has tucked one to the leg-side to bring up the win.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      And four more! Hussey has cracked one through extra-cover to bring the target down to two.

      1/103 in 11, Fawad’s conceded 28 in two.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:14pm | ! Report

      Ahmed, who conceded 16 in his first over, has his fielders up inside the circle.

      And first Hussey and then Khawaja who drives it through the covers, the first for three and then to the fence.

      1/99 in the 11th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      Michael Hussey has come out to the middle at three.

      1/91 in 10

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      Out! Dilshan’s gone!

      One of the rare mis-hits from Dilshan and it’s gone to hands at mid-on, who had back-pedal a little, takes a decent catch.

      1/89 in the 10th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      This is going to get over quickly…

      …short of length from Pattinson in his return over and Dilshan has cracked it over the deep square-leg fence for a SIX!

      What this is doing is denting the Renegades net run-rate too.

      16 needed.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      Missed! Stumping chance…

      …Nevill has fluffed up his lines there. Dilshan was looking to go down the track and missed a straight one, probably expecting it to turn away but it looked like even the keeper thought the same. Batsman misses, keeper misses and Dilshan survives.

      Celebrates that life with a sweep that’s rushed away to the fence. And then jumps down the pitch and smokes it down the ground for another four!

      0/81 in the 9th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:02pm | ! Report

      Another huge shout for an lbw and for the second time this over, it’s negated. This was against Dilshan, Murali’s former Sri Lankan teammate.

      Replays suggest it was hitting marginally in line and would have gone on to hit!

      0/71 in 8.

      • 10:05pm
        fishes said | 10:05pm | ! Report

        That was out. Umpiring in the BBL this year has been amateur. DRS is needed

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