REPORT: Melbourne Renegades took the MCG bragging rights in a rain reduced encounter as Brad Hogg strangled the Stars to seal a win by nine runs.
A 71,162 strong crowd saw the Melbourne Renegades make 171 for four in their 20 overs as Cameron White led the way with 64 from 43 balls. He entered the scene with the score on 61 for two and shared a 72-run partnership with Tom Cooper (36) and his best two shots came off Scot Boland as he lofted boundaries back over his head.
White escaped a run out chance when on 51 Ben Hilfenhaus missed the stumps with the batsman well short.
Sunil Narine was promoted to the role of pinch-hitting opener, alongside Aaron Finch (30), and he had some success as he hit Boland to the straight boundary and over leg for six in a quick-fire 21. His stay was ended when he tried to hit over the top and the returning Kevin Pietersen took an excellent diving catch running back from mid-off.
In reply the Melbourne Stars mustered 151 for nine in their reduced 18 overs, fallling short of the revised 159 they required to steal victory.
Glenn Maxwell, who had been in scintillating form in the Stars’ opening win against Hobart Hurricanes, fell early this time, bowled by Cooper to his third ball. Pietersen raced to 15 in seven balls but then miscued Cameron Stevenson to mid-on.
Chris Tremain dismissed James Faulkner in an eventful 11-ball over and Brad Hogg grabbed the important wickets of David Hussey, Luke Wright (45) and Sam Harper as his four overs yielded 3-22.
The 17th and penultimate over of the Stars’ innings saw three run outs – Adam Zampa, Ben Hilfenhaus and Scott Boland. Marcus Stoinis finished unbeaten on 18 as the Stars fell short.
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