Renegades roll over Hurricanes
Muttiah Muralitharan took 2/16 as his team the Melbourne Renegades completed a 7 wicket rout of the Hobart Hurricanes in their Big Bash League match at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Having been put in to bat first, the Hurricanes progress was arrested when they lost opener Tim Paine in the fourth over and no. 3 Travis Birt two overs later, both gone playing innings too slow for T20. On his 38th birthday, Ricky Ponting (25, 25b, 4x2, 6x1) had steadied the ship with Owais Shah and looked ready to launch an assault when he was bowled trying to reverse sweep Murali.
Aaron O’Brien took a return catch to dismiss George Bailey in the next over while Murali returned to trap Scott Styris LBW. Subsequent batsmen struggled; especially Shah who trudged to a 29 ball 14. The Hurricanes did likewise, limping to a total of 102/9 after being 46/2 in the 9th over.
Marlon Samuels (3/22) and Nathan Rimmington (3/18) were the other wicket takers for the Renegades.
Aaron Finch hit what would have been an astoundingly huge six in the third over of the chase but the ball hit a beam supporting the roof of the stadium and the umpire signaled a dead ball.
Samuels (21, 9b, 4x5) thereafter played aggressor, the fifth over of the chase reading 4 4 4 W 4 0 as he punished Michael Hogan, ultimately perishing while trying to hit a fourth consecutive boundary. Ben Rohrer chipped in with a quickfire 18 (10b, 4x2, 6x1) before Finch (46*, 40b, 4x5) brought up the winning runs in the company of Australia born Dutchman Tom Cooper (10*).
The 7 wicket win in just the 14th over consolidated the Renegades’ place at the top of the points table.