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Twitter Reactions: Melbourne Renegades leave Brisbane Heat’s campaign in the doldrums

The Renegades chased down the target with 26 balls to spare.

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Sam Harper
Sam Harper of Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Melbourne Renegades have managed to get their campaign in this Big Bash League (BBL) back on track with back-to-back victories. They now have defeated Brisbane Heat by eight wickets at The Gabba in Brisbane and subsequently moved to the second position of the points table. The Heat, after their fourth defeat, are precariously placed at the seventh position above cellar dwellers Perth Scorchers.

Baz plays a lone hand

Melbourne Renegades did an excellent job after winning the toss as they restricted the Heat to 144 for eight in 20 overs. The opening pair of Max Bryant and Brendon McCullum put on 39 runs for the first wicket in five overs. Left-armer Usman Shinwari drew first blood with the wicket of Bryant, who promised to get going with a knock of 18 from 16 deliveries. In the last 15 overs, the Heat could only manage 105 runs.

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McCullum accomplished his half-century in 46 balls with three fours and a six, but leg-spinner Cameron Boyce accounted for his wicket. Ben Cutting threatened with a knock of 20 runs from 10 balls with two fours and a six. Unfortunately, Joe Mennie dismissed him. For Melbourne Renegades, Shinwari was the most successful with three wickets. Boyce got a couple while Mennie and Jack Wildermuth got one each.

Harper guides Renegades home

Mackenzie Harvey and Marcus Harris got their team off to a blistering start courtesy of a stand of 37 runs from 22 balls that laid the platform for the rest of the run-chase. Brendan Doggett got the first wicket in the form of Harvey, who scored 10 runs with one hit over the ropes. In the very next over, Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman castled Harris after the left-hander scored 28 runs from 18 balls.

Thereafter Sam Harper and skipper Tom Cooper made sure that the Renegades don’t suffer any more hiccup as they won with 26 balls to spare. The duo stitched together an unbeaten stand of 106 runs from 68 balls to see the chasing team through. Harper went on to score 56 runs from 40 balls with seven fours and a six and was also crowned as the Player of the Match. Cooper scored 36 runs from 28 balls.

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