About the Match
Hosts Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Renegades on 1st Jan 2014 at the Bellerive Oval Stadium, Hobart in the ongoing BBL series after defeating Brisbane Heat on Saturday to take their points tally to 3 on the table, coming at second position just behind the Melbourne Stars. The Renegades have 2 points after their win against Brisbane today by 57 runs and are placed 5th on the table. While the Hurricanes have had a better run than the Renegades so far, the team from Melbourne is super charged to climb up the points table and will give a tough fight to the hosts here.
Ben Dunk scored the fastest half-century in BBL in just 20 balls, chasing a target of 210 runs set by Brisbane; this was followed by Wells’ 36 off 20 balls and a thunderous 10 runs by Hilfenhaus from a consecutive four and a six to give the Hurricanes their first win this season. Earlier, the bowlers weren’t as successful and though Bollinger got the early wicket of Pomersbach, they couldn’t restrict the run flow by the opponents. Shoaib and Doherty got a wicket each later on but Brisbane got a huge total of 209 runs in the end. Starting the chase, Shoaib and Dunk did well to post a 50-run partnership and the latter continued with his efforts alongside Birt to add another 69 runs to the scoreboard, to finish with 67 runs off 33 balls that consisted of 5 fours and 4 sixes. Wells and Gulbis posted a 41-run stand for the 5th wicket and Hilfenhaus contributed well in the final over to take the team safely home. The Hurricanes have exhibited their batting prowess and will need to sharpen their skills with the ball too to continue on their winning momentum.
It was a total carnage of the Brisbane bowlers as the Renegades batsmen Aaron Finch, Buttler and Rohrer smashed away 11 fours and as many sixes between them to win emphatically against Brisbane by a 57-run margin. While Finch scored 81 off 51 deliveries and Buttler posted 61 runs off just 36 balls to post a 108-run stand for the 2nd wicket, Rohrer scored an unbeaten 36 off just 11 balls and with the help of Cooper took the total to a comfortable 210 runs. Pattinson and O’Brien made early in-roads into the Brisbane batting line-up and claimed 5 wickets between them; Rimmington took 2 consecutive wickets in the 13th over Muralitharan came back in the next over to claim the wicket of Lynn. The bowlers did extremely well to demolish the opponents and sailed to their first win of the season; it was an all-round performance by the team and they are all set to conquer the upcoming contest in style again.
While both teams have won their previous games and are high on confidence, the T20 format being highly unpredictable, the contest could turn in either team’s favor at any point of the match. While Hurricanes have the home advantage, the Renegades with their exemplary batting and efficient bowling look better placed to win this match.
Melbourne Renegaders, 2.10 @ William Hill