Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, BBL 2011-12, Melbourne January 2, 2012

Hodge, McDonald power Renegades to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Melboune Renegades 164 for 2 (Hodge 72*, McDonald 60*) beat Sydney Sixers 161 for 6 (Henriques 41, Harwood 2-28) by eight wickets

Brad Hodge and Andrew McDonald buried Sydney Sixers in an avalanche of big hits to set up Melbourne Renegades' second successive win, moving them into the top half of the Big Bash League table for the first time.

Chasing a challenging 162 to win, the Renegades were given a power-packed start by Aaron Finch who clubbed Brett Lee for a six over square leg in the first over, en route to 25 off 15 balls. Glenn Maxwell failed at No. 3, bringing McDonald to the crease in the fifth over, and thereafter the innings steadied itself before taking off in style.

No boundaries were scored in the six overs following Maxwell's exit, as the asking-rate mounted to leave the Renegades needing 97 off the last 10 overs. McDonald had nudged his way to 10 off 18 balls by then, while Hodge was on 25 off 24. The scene rapidly changed colours thereafter, with McDonald signalling the end of the cease-fire by launching Stuart MacGill over long-on for two sixes in the 11th over.

A six each came in the next two overs, before Hodge plundered Lee for three fours in the 14th over, reducing the equation to 51 off six overs. Hodge proceeded to thump Dominic Thornely for two more sixes in the next over, before McDonald turned his guns on Steve Smith, slugging him for three sixes. The ferocity of the assault meant that Renegades were home with 14 balls to spare. In all, McDonald hit seven sixesin 60 off 37 balls, while Hodge cleared the ropes three times in his 72.

The Sixers would have expected a closer contest after hustling their way to 161 in the first half of the game. Dwayne Bravo's early exit was overcome by a chirpy 46-run stand between Michael Lumb and Nic Maddinson. As is his wont, Shahid Afridi produced the breach, getting Maddinson stumped for 29. Smith kept the momentum going, but Shane Harwood removed him just as he began to look dangerous. The closing flourish came from Moises Henriques, who hit three fours and a six in 40 off 31 balls, but his fireworks fizzled in front of the fusillade that was to follow.

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  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    afridi was awesome and mcdonald showed his skills

  • Aaron on January 3, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    "Chasing a challenging 162 to win" Are you kidding me? Etihad Stadium is a batsman's paradise, with its flat pitch and short boundaries. And with a batsman as good as Brad Hodge playing for the Renegades, the Sixers needed a much bigger total if they wanted to win.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Vintage Brad Hodge a team is always better when Hodgey is in the team great knock from Macca too as they flogged smith, mcdill and co on thieir way to some sort of partnership record. Hodgey looks like little will slow him down even at 37 the greatest one day domestic player in Australia and a not so bad average in Twenty/20 either Dont write of both Melbourne teams making the final 4 apart from 1 poor game the Renegades would be 2nd on the table only for poor run/quota. Give Tait a rest little return, too expensive too predictable maybe Maxwell needs a spell too isnt firing with the bat. Send Nathan Reardon back to Qld the graveyard for Twenty/20 cricketers

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