In the 26th match of Big Bash League 2019-20, Melbourne Renegades came face to face against Perth Scorchers at Simonds Stadium in Geelong. The fans had expected it to be a competitive match between the two teams but that was not the case. Renegades failed to break their losing streak as they suffered seventh consecutive defeat in this season. Mitchell Marsh and Co. registered a convincing win by a margin of six wickets on the back of brilliant performance given by their openers.
After winning the toss, Scorchers elected to bowl and their bowlers came with an impressive show. Their fast bowler Jhye Richardson dismissed in-form Renegades skipper Aaron Finch in the first over of the innings. The right-handed Aussie international looked in hurry and attempted a mistimed stroke off Richardson and was caught by Chris Green at deep mid-wicket.
Richardson helped his side in getting the second breakthrough and dismissed Marcus Harris that left Renegades struggling on a score of 19 runs with two wickets. Shaun Marsh also failed to replicate his good form in this match and crumbled after scoring two runs. Aaron Finch and Co. again looked in danger but a brilliant partnership of 71 runs between Sam Harper and Beau Webster helped their side in overcoming from the early setbacks.
Sam Harper muscled 73 runs off 46 balls with three massive sixes and seven boundaries while Beau Webster also clicked a brilliant knock of 59 runs off 40 balls with four sixes and three boundaries. Renegades successfully posted a competitive total of 175 runs in stipulated 20 overs courtesy to the duo brilliant effort with the bat.
Jhye Richardson turned out to be the best bowler for Scorchers and registered brilliant bowling figures of 3/22 and was well supported by his skipper Mitchell Marsh from the other end, who scalped two wickets in the match.
Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone punish Melbourne Renegades’ bowlers
Coming onto the chase, Scorchers got off to a flying start as their opener Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone knitted a brilliant partnership of 102 runs for the first wicket that took the match away from Renegades. The duo looked in their full flow with the bat and made the mockery of the bowling unit.
Livingstone played an elegant knock of 59 runs off 39 balls with four sixes and three boundaries before his inning came to halt. He tried to slice the ball over the covers off Richard Gleeson but failed to get elevation and was caught by Aaron Finch. Just after thee overs, Kane Richardson dismissed another settled opener Inglis, who managed to pull off a brilliant fifty with the bat. It looked like Renegades might mark their comeback but that was too late.
The middle-order batsman Cameron Bancroft (24) and Mitchell Marsh (21) valuable contribution with the bat helped Scorchers in going past the target of 178 runs without much hustle with six balls to spare. This also helped their side in winning their third game of this season and Liam Livingstone was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Player of the match for his brilliant knock of 59 off 39 balls!!
— Ashmin (@ashmin777) January 7, 2020
— 🏏 ZEUS CRICKET 🏏 (@Zeus66sport) January 7, 2020
100+ run partnerships in #BBL09
1x: Marcus Stoinis & Nick Larkin
2x: LIAM LIVINGSTONE & JOSH INGLIS
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 7, 2020
OH MY WORD LIAM LIVINGSTONE
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 7, 2020
So will the Renegades actually win a match at all this year?. Can’t see how. #BBL09
— Tim (@jarstalking) January 7, 2020
— James (@Surreycricfan) January 7, 2020
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 7, 2020
Melbourne Renegedes marching towards 7th loss this season..
Damn 🙄, Aaron Finch should stop saying ESCN while he's playing in #BBL
— Jameshubert (@ImJames_) January 7, 2020
Just noticed a weird thing. Since, Aaron finch is in @RCBTweets for Ipl 2020, and currently he is leading @RenegadesBBL in Big bash league. Is this the reason MR is sitting at the bottom of d table..#just_saying #fortunes_of_RCB. @cricbuzz@IPL @BBL
— Himank Shekhar (@himank94) January 7, 2020
I honestly don't understand why Aaron Finch bowled Samit Patel for 3 overs. There's nothing in the pitch for spinners and Renegades need a wicket to stay alive.
Ridiculous captaincy. #BBL09
— Nikhil Deshpande (@Chaseeism) January 7, 2020
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 7, 2020
Aaron Finch really needs to step his game up
— MELBOURNE SPORTS FAN (@fan_melbourne) January 7, 2020
Aaron finch is a local hero in geelong so getting out first ball with a wild hoick when #BBL09 comes to town is not what anyone was hoping for.
— ron reed (@reedrw) January 7, 2020
Think that might be Aaron Finch's first golden duck since … Jofra Archer trapped him lbw in the World Cup semi-final. #BBL09
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) January 7, 2020
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