Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, BBL, Docklands January 2, 2013

Murali spins Renegades back to the top

The Report by Andrew Fuss
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Melbourne Renegades 6 for 155 (Cooper 59, Rohrer 35) beat Adelaide Strikers 107 (Murali 3-18, Samuels 3-16) by 48 runs
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Muttiah Muralitharan ripped through the Adelaide Strikers to send the Melbourne Renegades back to the top of the Big Bash ladder with a crushing 48-run win at Etihad Stadium.

Murali was virtually unplayable as he skittled the visitors' middle order on his way to 3 for 18 off four overs. He clean-bowled the dangerous Nathan Reardon - beating him in flight - before catching Kieron Pollard and Theo Doropolous plumb off front in consecutive deliveries to end any hopes the Strikers had of a middle-order revival.

Nathan Rimmington helped build the pressure early for the Renegades removing both openers and going for just seven runs in his first two overs. The visitors never got going after that and only Johan Botha (31 off 31) and Michael Neser (29 not out off 24) offered any real resistance as they crumbled to 107 all out. Marlon Samuels helped clean up the tail to finish with 3 for 16 off three overs.

Earlier, Tom Cooper revived the hosts following a sluggish start with a hard-fought 59 off just 46 balls. Cooper combined with Ben Rohrer (35 off 27) for a 46-run partnership in the middle overs to set the hosts up for a late onslaught in which they produced 37 runs from the final three overs.

The visitors will be left to rue some poor death bowling as Neser, Putland and Richardson all struggled to bowl to their fields when it mattered most as the Renegades posted a more than competitive total of 155 on a low and slow drop-in deck.

Perhaps the highlights of the match came in the field, with Pollard taking a spectacular one-handed catch running back with the flight off his own bowling and Will Sheridan and Aaron O'Brien holding sharp chances inside the circle.

The Renegades are now virtually assured of a top four finish while the Strikers are right back in the pack, sitting at fourth for the moment ahead of the Scorchers and the Heat, who have game in hand against the Stars on Thursday night.

The result sets up some tantalising fixtures over the final games of the tournament, with the Strikers set to play the Hurricanes and the Scorchers in matches that will shape the top four.

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  • jmcilhinney on January 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    While I'm not especially invested in the BBL, as a Sydneysider, it still pains me to see the two Melbourne teams at the top of the table and the two Sydney teams at the bottom. The performance of the Sydney teams will need to improve to maintain interest in the competition in the city.

  • 9ST9 on January 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    How SL miss Murali - the BBL has players that SL wish were playing for them - Murali and Malinga

  • Chris_P on January 2, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @ Saud Choudhry , Not sure what garbage you have read, but take it from me, living down here, Warne has said nothing bad (in fact nothing) against Murali, in fact they have shared stages together promoting BBL & are quite chummy. Chill.

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Murali is a class act and it was painful hearing all that Shane Warne had to say about him. These two are definitely the best spinners ever. But while Murli handled himself with class and onour, the same cannot be said of Warne. He only diminished himself by badmouthing the great Murli.

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Murali still going strong, off the field and on the field :)

  • Master_Mihil on January 2, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Still going strong murali. he shouldn't have retired from test cricket.. our team might have done reasonably better if murali was there..

  • Manu_reddy on January 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Murali showed his value again n he really is a legend of d game,at d age of 40 also he is bowling so beautifully n he is as sharp as young in d field too when it comes to pollard,this guys shines only 1s in every 10 matches n he always struggles against quality bowling but still he is rated high(i dont know why) n he shud realise quickly that power alone wont be enough in cricket n he needs technique n temperament too..

  • gnanzcupid on January 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Murali is a class act. He is a legend for the fans and a nightmare to the opposition bowlers

  • jmcilhinney on January 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    While I'm not especially invested in the BBL, as a Sydneysider, it still pains me to see the two Melbourne teams at the top of the table and the two Sydney teams at the bottom. The performance of the Sydney teams will need to improve to maintain interest in the competition in the city.

  • 9ST9 on January 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    How SL miss Murali - the BBL has players that SL wish were playing for them - Murali and Malinga

  • Chris_P on January 2, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @ Saud Choudhry , Not sure what garbage you have read, but take it from me, living down here, Warne has said nothing bad (in fact nothing) against Murali, in fact they have shared stages together promoting BBL & are quite chummy. Chill.

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Murali is a class act and it was painful hearing all that Shane Warne had to say about him. These two are definitely the best spinners ever. But while Murli handled himself with class and onour, the same cannot be said of Warne. He only diminished himself by badmouthing the great Murli.

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Murali still going strong, off the field and on the field :)

  • Master_Mihil on January 2, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Still going strong murali. he shouldn't have retired from test cricket.. our team might have done reasonably better if murali was there..

  • Manu_reddy on January 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Murali showed his value again n he really is a legend of d game,at d age of 40 also he is bowling so beautifully n he is as sharp as young in d field too when it comes to pollard,this guys shines only 1s in every 10 matches n he always struggles against quality bowling but still he is rated high(i dont know why) n he shud realise quickly that power alone wont be enough in cricket n he needs technique n temperament too..

  • gnanzcupid on January 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Murali is a class act. He is a legend for the fans and a nightmare to the opposition bowlers

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  • gnanzcupid on January 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Murali is a class act. He is a legend for the fans and a nightmare to the opposition bowlers

  • Manu_reddy on January 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Murali showed his value again n he really is a legend of d game,at d age of 40 also he is bowling so beautifully n he is as sharp as young in d field too when it comes to pollard,this guys shines only 1s in every 10 matches n he always struggles against quality bowling but still he is rated high(i dont know why) n he shud realise quickly that power alone wont be enough in cricket n he needs technique n temperament too..

  • Master_Mihil on January 2, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Still going strong murali. he shouldn't have retired from test cricket.. our team might have done reasonably better if murali was there..

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Murali still going strong, off the field and on the field :)

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • maskurul on January 2, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    dear,audience i would like to add some thing with you.Murali is the real icon of cricket.he has given a new temper to cricket.there is no doubt here.cricket has got lot of things from Murali.at a time murali passed his purple patch with cricket.he has a great intimacy with cricket.till he is indulgence in cricket.murali,do you know cricket fans they miss you so much.though you are retired but as a cricketer now you will try to give emphasis on week teams.now weak teams are deprived from right opportunity.you will try to go ahead them.this is my expectation.then we can get a new murali.

  • on January 2, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Murali is a class act and it was painful hearing all that Shane Warne had to say about him. These two are definitely the best spinners ever. But while Murli handled himself with class and onour, the same cannot be said of Warne. He only diminished himself by badmouthing the great Murli.

  • Chris_P on January 2, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @ Saud Choudhry , Not sure what garbage you have read, but take it from me, living down here, Warne has said nothing bad (in fact nothing) against Murali, in fact they have shared stages together promoting BBL & are quite chummy. Chill.

  • 9ST9 on January 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    How SL miss Murali - the BBL has players that SL wish were playing for them - Murali and Malinga

  • jmcilhinney on January 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    While I'm not especially invested in the BBL, as a Sydneysider, it still pains me to see the two Melbourne teams at the top of the table and the two Sydney teams at the bottom. The performance of the Sydney teams will need to improve to maintain interest in the competition in the city.