Melbourne Renegades stunned Melbourne Stars to clinch their maiden Big Bash League (BBL) title. Stars while chasing a target of 146 at one stage were 93/0. However, the Stars lost seven wickets for just 19 runs and that saw them required 28 off the last over to win the contest. It was by then late for Stars to cross the line and Renegades were handed their first BBL title.
With Stars’ openers putting on a 93-run stand, the first breakthrough for Renegades came in 13th over when Cameron Boyce bowled Marcus Stoinis. In next four overs, Stars lost a wicket each and were left tottering at 108/5 after 17 overs. BBL 2019 Final: Aaron Finch Smashes Chair After His Dismissal During Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars T20 Match, Watch Video
In the 18th over, Stars were further dented when Daniel Christian picked two wickets. He first removed Set Gotch and then had Dwayne Bravo caught. All of a sudden, Stars seven down with just 112 runs on board.
From the last two overs, Stars needed 33 runs with just three wickets in hand and all they could manage was 19 runs. And Renegades emerged victorious by 13 runs. It was truly a sensational performance by Renegades bowlers, who never gave up despite openers putting up a mammoth opening stand in chase of such a low target.
Once Renegades scripted the win, fans on Twitter expressed their disbelief.
— Alexander Britton (@adbritton) February 17, 2019
Indeed a great group!
— Peter Helliar (@pjhelliar) February 17, 2019
Amazing. This match has perfectly summed up Melbourne Stars’ history in the BBL. Promised so much but nothing to show for it. #BBLFinal
— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) February 17, 2019
— Adam Hill (@adamhillmedia) February 17, 2019
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) February 17, 2019
Stars Renegades win BBL 08
No matter who wins this final, Melbourne is the real winner #BBLFinal
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) February 17, 2019
This sums it up!
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) February 17, 2019
Put to bat first, Renegades managed to score 145 for five in their allotted 20 overs. Thanks to unbeaten 80-run stand for the sixth between Tom Cooper and Christian, Renegades managed to post a competitive total. Cooper and Christian scored 43 and 38 respectively. BBL 2018-19: Dwayne Bravo Takes a Stunning Catch During Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars T20 Match, Watch Video.
Apart from Christian’s two wickets, Chris Tremain and Boyce picked two wickets apiece as well. Harry Gurney chipped in with a wicket as well. Christian was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance.