The Snapshot: After winning the bat flip and sending the Sixers into bat, the Renegades couldn’t have asked for a better start. Making his return to the side was Kane Richardson, who made his mark early with a wicket off just his third delivery. Richardson continued his momentum after the fast start to claim 3-26(4). Wickets fell throughout the powerplay, restricting the score to just 3-20 at the end of the sixth over. It was an economical display from the Renegades saw the Sixers strangled to just 6-64 in the 14th over. The spin of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi was simply brilliant, he picked up figures of 4-25(4) to prove too much for the Sixers batters. A late cameo from English all-rounder Tom Curran pushed the score up to 9-115.
In reply with the bat, skipper Tom Cooper promoted himself up to the top of the order alongside Marcus Harris. The pair came out with a clear intent, to take the game on from ball one and make big in roads during the powerplay. Harris was the first to go for 10(13) but the partnership of 37 with Cooper gave the innings momentum. The powerplay was a successful one for the Renegades, ending the sixth over with 1-58(6). Sam Harper continued his stellar BBL08, he paired up with Cooper to power towards to the target. The skipper cooper went one shy of a deserving half century, bowled by Steve O’Keefe. This brought Cameron White to the crease and the Bear got things going with a six off just his second delivery. Harper fell for 31 with just six runs required. That brought Nabi to the crease who hit his first ball out of the ground to hand the win to the Renegades inside 13 overs.
The Key Moment: The key moment of the match was the shift of skipper Cooper to the top of the order. It was a clear move of intent by the Renegades as Cooper threw the kitchen sink at his early deliveries to get the chase off to a flyer. A player who has had an indifferent start to the season showed his class, playing shot all around the wicket to be dismissed for 49(33).
The Key Player: After winning the bat flip and electing to bowl, that automatically puts the pressure on the bowlers. The bowlers rose to the challenge and it would be tough to split them but both Kane Richardson and Mohammad Nabi were impressive. Richardson up front took three wickets and put the Sixers on the back foot. Nabi was clinical at the end showing great variations on his way too four wickets.
Up Next: After making the move to second on the BBL ladder, next up for the Renegades is the biggest game of the season (outside finals). We take on our cross-town rivals the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night January 19.