BBL Final: Melbourne Renegades defeated Stars

BBL Final: Melbourne Renegades defeated Stars by 13 runs in the final of Big Bash League (BBL) on Sunday at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. 

Batting first, Renegades posted a total of 145 for 5 in 20 overs before they defended it successfully and clinched their maiden BBL title. 

Chasing the target of 146, Glenn Maxwell’s side fell short by 13 runs despite a great start given by their opening pair of Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis. 

Dunk and Stoinis gave Stars a flying start before the latter was dismissed at 93 for 1. Stoinis, who played second fiddle to explosive Dunk, scored 39 runs from 38 balls and his knock was inclusive of two fours and a six. 

One-down batsman Peter Handscomb lasted just two deliveries as he was sent back for a duck and that’s when the collapse began in the Stars’ camp. 

Stars after Handscomb’s dismissal managed just 18 runs in the next six-odd overs left in their innings. Their batting line-up was boosted with the likes of their skipper Maxwell, Dwayne Bravo and Nic Maddison to name a few hitters but none of them clicked when their side needed the most. 

Earlier in the day, Stars started off well with the ball as they had sent back five Renegades batsmen to the pavilion for just 65 runs in 7.1 overs. 

However, the unbeaten 80-run partnership between Tom Copper and Daniel Christan brought the Renegades back into the game and eventually proved to be the turning point as well. 

Cooper remained not out on 43 from 35 balls as he struck two fours and as many sixes. On the other hand, all-rounder Christian scored a 30-ball 38 and his knock included two fours and a six. 

Renegades on Sunday became the fifth BBL team to lift the trophy after Sydney Sixers, Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers, and Adelaide Strikers.

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