Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades, BBL, Sydney December 30, 2011

Gayle heroics in vain as Renegades prevail

ESPNcricinfo staff

Melbourne Renegades 8 for 140 (Finch 41, Hodge 44) beat Sydney Thunder 7 for 134 (Gayle 75, Afridi 3-21) by six runs

A typically blistering half-century by Chris Gayle went in vain for Sydney Thunder as they fell short by six runs to Melbourne Renegades at Stadium Australia. The Renegades posted a middling total of 140, but a three-wicket haul by Shahid Afridi and some good death bowling stopped Thunder on their tracks.

The Renegades promised a bigger score after their openers, Aaron Finch and Brad Hodge, added 82. Luke Doran, the left-arm spinner, claimed both wickets in three balls. The quick strikes put the skids on the scoring rate. Shahid Afridi managed one four in his 16 before he was dismissed by Luke Butterworth in the 18th over.

Debutant Tim Cruickshank and Gayle got off to a sound start chasing 141, adding 59 in close to eight overs. Cruickshank perished for 15 when he tried to loft Afridi over long-on. Gayle carried on attacking, hitting five sixes and three fours en route to 75. However, he didn't have the support he would have liked as wickets kept falling at the other end. The Renegades pulled it back thanks to the discipline shown by their bowlers, Dirk Nannes (0-10) and Afridi (3-21). When Gayle fell in the penultimate over, caught at midwicket, the Renegades had all but sealed their first win against Thunder.

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  • Raheel on December 31, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @Arbi Hussain Shahid Afridi was Man of the Match

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    can anyone tell who was man of the match! please gayle or shahid Afridi

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Chris Gayle sensational to watch when on song. Brisbane Heat on the bottom, and time to send Nathan Reardon back to Queensland after 3 failures with the bat, and a very ordinary average in this format. Shaun Tait will lose you more games than win you, still too expensive and overrated. Dirky Nannes bowled wonderful and great to have the run king Brad Hodge back ,2 Victorian teams in with 2 wins and still not playing to their potential, Queensland at twenty/20 cricket are still the mising link in the competition even with their imports (GOODBYE) When did Qld last walk away with any points in all 3 formats since well before xmas LOVING IT........

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    afridi is the man. his performance in the match was a inevitable.

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    The differce is there Afridi played his part which was badly needed in this tournament hope to see some more match winning performnces by him in the up coming games.

  • saqib on December 31, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    come on LALA, you are the best player of this format, prove it again. PS Good Luck

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Shahid Afridi finally played a good game for Renegades and hopefully he will continue.

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Shahid khan Afridi, common you can help your team to win the tournament

  • Ross on December 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Surely you jest William Levick, last few tests boring????????????????

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    CHG is the only person who score over fifty in this match where the Thunders need another batsman to support Gayle to win this competition. Looking a the score card seems as if Gayle team mates comprise of bowlers and yet to find their feet with the bat. Whenever Warner is back will prove hopefully a different result with other batsmen chipping in. Good effort for your team Gayle, I can see your commitment seeing that you batted to the penultimate over. Good Job.

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