Sydney Sixers defeated Melbourne Renegade at Sydney Cricket Ground by seven wickets in the chase of 176. The two half-centuries by Steve Smith and Josh Philippe took Sixer batting innings to 176 in 20 overs. Aaron Finch maiden century of BBL 9, wasted as Renegades got a bit of bitter luck in defending the total. Sixers beat Renegades by 7 wickets – Masterful innings by former Australian captain Steve Smith who just played his second innings of BBL 9.
Smith traveled to India as part of the Australia tour of India 2020 in the second week of this month. He is commonly known as the regular finisher for Sixers, who usually takes time to settle on the crease. Smith formed two significant partnerships with Josh Philippe and Daniel Hughes and won the game for his team. Sydney Sixers won their 9th game out of 14 while Gades lost their 11th game out of 14, taking themselves to the bottom of the table.
It’s almost done for Sixers to qualify for the Big Bash League 2019 qualifier. Renegades are already out of the race due to most losses in this season. They are taking themselves to the bottom of the points table. Sixers will require only two wins to make their way to the BBL final this time. Steve Smith scored his BBL career-best innings of 66 runs off 40.
Aaron Finch went for his eighth century in the T20 cricket, joining Michael Klinger and David Warner, who had the same. Renegades are opening pair a flying start to their innings, taking run rate over 12 per over as they were 39/1 in 3.4 when Tom Cooper fall short.
Philippe and Smith Half-Centuries
Sydney Ground witnessed Renegade’s top-order batting line played such a fantastic inning at the beginning. Finch scored his 8th century with 109 runs off 68 balls with his six boundaries and seven maximum. Finch formed a valuable partnership that worked for the Gades to put a competitive total on the board. An excellent company of 73 runs between Finch and Mohammad Nabi cruised Renegades innings to 175/5.
Finch targeted Ben Dwarshuis to take charge of him; he went for a couple of sixes. Gades was 54/1 in the powerplay, but the next few overs, they went for just 40 runs as debutant Nathan McSweeney joined Finch in the second wicket. Aaron Finch got two chances as dropped by Nathan Lyon and Ben Dwarshuis. Tom Curran produced a great opportunity when Finch was at 62, and the next couple of overs, he went so aggressive.
Finch went on to his inning, taking calculated shots every over faced after that. He smashed 22 runs in the 17th over with a couple of maximum to Josh Hazlewood. Finch got into the ’90s after his 22 runs in the 17th over to Hazlewood, and next over, he went to score his 8th century. While chasing down the total, James Vince and Josh Philippe went for 49 runs opening partnership setting a playing field.
Renegades Strike Back
Vince came to bat with an entirely different approach smashing two boundaries on the very first balls he faces. He removed by in a flurry runout taking the quick run by Will Sutherland when Sixers were 49/1 in 5.2 overs. Renegades lost few opportunities of breakthroughs by dropping two catches for Philippe in the 8th overs. McSweeney and Daniel Christian dropped the opportunities for Renegades that later resulted in significant partnerships.
Sixers beat Renegades by 7 wickets – Josh Philippe set up the ground forming partnerships with James Vince and Smith. His 61 runs off 42 balls with three maximums and five boundaries structured Sixers innings in the chase of a competitive total. Philippe smashed half-century for just 32 shots and took complete responsibility along with Vince and Smith at the crease. Smith and Daniel Hughes piled for 73* unbeaten off 39 balls contribution and won the game.