The Snapshot: A welcomed sight for Renegade fans was the #5 of Finch, who was back to lead the side. It started well for the skipper as he won his first ever bat flip and sent the Hurricanes in. It proved to be a masterstroke early, as three early wickets fell, including the dangerous duo of Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short. With the Hurricanes 3-11 inside three overs, thanks to the bowling of Kane Richardson and Usman Khan Shinwari, they needed a partnership and that’s exactly what they got. Former skipper George Bailey paired up with Ben McDermott to put on 102 for the fourth wicket. Bailey played a great innings finishing 70* off just 53 deliveries. That effort alongside McDermott’s half century saw the Hurricanes reach 5-145. In reply it was time for the Renegades batting group to stand up, and that’s exactly what they did. Young gun Mackenzie Harvey went early, but that brought Sam Harper to the crease with his skipper Finch. Harper was a man on a mission, hitting his second ball on the up through cover to the boundary. The pint-size batter took no time putting the opposition on the back foot, striker the ball to all parts. He was trapped in front for 32(18) with a bit of a questionable LBW decision, but he had the momentum going the Renegades way. Finch was class, he looked like he had all the time in the world at Marvel Stadium. He was impressive striking the ball down the ground in trade mark Finch fashion. The skipper was undone with a direct hit run-out in the 11th over for 42(39). This brought Tom Cooper to the crease who made 14(15) before being caught. It was down to the finishers from our Adelaide victory, Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian. The pair were calculated in their attacks and saw the side home with four balls to spare. Christian once again showed why he is one of the better t20 finishers in the game with 25*(13), and Nabi supported well with 26*(22).
The Key Moment: The key moment in the match for the Renegades was the partnerships at the top between Finch and Harper accompanied by the back-end partnership of Christian and Nabi. Batting had been an issue for the Renegades, but both these partnerships came at pivotal times in the match.
The Key Player: There were many players who this could have been, varying from the sheer courage of Harper to come out and play his shots from ball one. He may be small, but he has power in abundance, clearing the rope and finding the boundary at Marvel with ease. Finch and Christian were also just as important with their steady heads throughout the innings, providing a great all-round batting performance from the Renegades.
Up Next: The Gades will be looking to carry this winning form up north as they head to Queensland to take on the Brisbane Heat on Thursday January 10, at the Gabba.