Sydney Thunder got the better of Melbourne Renegades in what was their last game of the BBL 2021-22 league stage on Wednesday. Despite that win, they finish at number three on the table. They are level at points with Sydney Sixers but the latter is on the second spot due to a better net run rate.
Sydney Thunder batted first against the Renegades and managed to score 170 runs in the first innings. Hales and Khawaja put on a brilliant 80-run partnership for the opening wicket.
Hales was the first one to get out after scoring 44 off just 22 deliveries. Khawaja, however, kept going and went on to score 77 off just 51 deliveries. He, although, found little support from the other end.
It was Boyce, who turned the game on its head in the 9th over of the innings as he picked the wickets of Sangha, Ross, and Sams in three consecutive deliveries to complete a hat-trick. Khawaja’s heroics, however, helped them reach a formidable score of 170 runs in the first innings.
Aaron Finch played an outstanding 82-run knock in the second innings. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end, but he kept the team’s hopes alive. Marsh scored 19 off 16, while Unmukt Chand played a handy 29-run knock off 22 balls.
However, despite all those contributions, Melbourne Renegades fell 1 run short of the target. For the Thunders, Gurinder Sandhu starred with the ball as he picked 3 for 33 in 4 overs, while Tanveer Sangha picked 2 for 32.
It has been a forgettable season for Melbourne Renegades, who finished at the bottom of the table with 3 wins in 14 matches.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 8 for 170 (Khawaja 77, Hales 44, Boyce 5-21) beat Melbourne Renegades 7 for 169 (Finch 82, Sandhu 3-33, Sangha 2-32) by one run