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Big Bash is Back

December 7th 2012 18:57
The return of Australia’s franchised T20 tournament saw Shane Warne’s Melbourne Stars, take on Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades in an opening match derby day.

The Melbourne Stars were the first team to get a knock in the tournament, and to the crease came England’s T20 traveller Luke Wright and Rob Quiney, who’s 2 Test Matches against South Africa weren’t enough to give him a permanent place. The Star’s got off to a quick start before Quiney was removed by O’Brien for 5. What came next was an excellent partnership that threatened to take the game away from the renegades before they could get any foot hold in it. Brad Hodge joined Wright at the crease and they proceeded to pepper the boundary ropes and the crowd. They put together a 51 run partnership in just 5 over's, before Hodge was run out by Faf Du Plessis, he made 28 from just 18 balls. Luke Wright continued on his merry way, if a little more conservative until he was dismissed by Renegades captain Aaron Finch, having made 53 from 41 balls (4 fours and 1 six). David Hussey and Cameron White began to crank the run rate up again, with aims of 180. White was O’Brien’s second victim after making 20, but in conjunction with Matthew Wade, Hussey kept up the pressure, before he went in the last over to Darren Pattinson for 42 from 31. Wade and James Faulkner were not out at the end as the Stars made 167-5 for 5 from their 20 over’s.

The Stars would’ve been confident of limiting the chase because of their bowling attack which consisted of Warne, Clint McKay and Lasith Malinga. The renegades got off to a more conservative start, before Daniel Harris was caught off Jackson Bird for just 3. South African batsman, and IPL player Faf Du Plessis came out to join his captain Aaron Finch, they put together a 68 run partnership at a good rate before Du Plessis was well caught in the deep by Clint McKay for 14. You can see from Du Plessis’ contribution that Aaron Finch was really motoring. He took 19 off a Shane Warne over, after previously launching David Hussey deep into the crowd for a maximum. The new batsman was Ben Rohrer, who played for the Sydney Sixers in the Champions League T20, alongside Finch they never looked like losing the game. Both of them piled on the runs quickly, with elegant yet hugely powerful, proper cricket shots. Rohrer as Finch earlier hit Shane Warne for 2 sixes in an over, as the Australian veteran conceded 41 runs from his 2 over's. Rohrer was 34 not out from just 20 balls at the end, but the star of the show was captain Aaron Finch. He waltzed past his previous high score in T20’s, and brought up his century with a powerful strike through mid-wicket. He was unbeaten at the end as the Renegades won by 8 wickets with 10 balls remaining. Finch’s 111* earned him the Man of the Match award, and once again proved the theory that batsmen play better when they are captains.

Melbourne Stars 167-5 (20overs) Wright 53 (41), Hussey 42 (31), AW O’Brien 2-27
Melbourne Renegades 168-2 (18.2overs) Finch 111* (65), Rohrer 34* (20). MOM: Aaron Finch

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