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The Melbourne Renegades will be out to bounce back from their shock loss last start after they fell to the previously winless Sydney Thunder earlier this week.
It was Melbourne’s poor effort with the bat first up that signaled their demise, with the tricky wicket playing a role, as the Renegades were rolled for just 104.
The easy nine-wicket win for the Thunder was their first in 19 games in the Big Bash, but it came at the worst possible time for the men in red, as they fight for a place in the top four and a right to play in the semi-finals.
The men in red are still only one point outside the top four, and can still snatch a finals berth by winning their final two matches – against the Sixers and Strikers later this month – and if other results fall their way.
Melbourne captain Aaron Finch said it would be tough to come back after a game they had penciled in for a win against the Thunder.
“It was one of those nights when it didn’t click and nothing really went right for us,” the captain said in the rooms post-match,” Finch said.
Sydney are coming off a healthy win against the Hobart Hurricanes,
Led by Steve Smith, who scored a sparkling 52 off just 32 balls, Sydney’s men in magenta produced their best batting display of the season, with their top 6, bar Marcus North, all making solid contributions.
After the Sixers won the toss and elected to bat in front of their home crowd, Michael Lumb (23 off 13) and Nic Maddinson (17 off 13) opened with intent, scoring at ten an over until Ben Hilfenhaus snared the wicket of Maddinson for 17 in the fourth.
From there the bowlers did their job for Sydney, as Josh Hazlewood and Brett Lee showed good form with the ball, and the pair will again be tough for Melbourne to get away in their match today.
“In terms of getting there (the finals), it’s going to be incredibly hard… it’s going to take nothing short of a thumping win, maybe even two (in the final two matches) and we have to rely on other things going our way. When you have to rely on other teams to lose, it’s a pretty ordinary position to be in.”