Sixers hold nerve for two-run win
Sydney Sixers 6 for 151 (Henriques 55, Rimmington 2-35) beat Melbourne Renegades 5 for 149 (Bravo 38, Hill 35) by two runs
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Brett Lee bowled a tight last over to help Sydney Sixers to a two-run win that ended Melbourne Renegades' semi-finals aspirations. The Renegades needed 17 off six deliveries but could only manage eight in the first five as Lee bowled full and fast. Although his last delivery was hit for a six, the match had been decided already. The win pushed the Sixers to third place with 10 points.
Put into bat, Sixers lost Nic Maddinson in the second over, to left-arm spinner Aaron O'Brien's first ball, as he missed a heave to off side and was stumped. Moises Henriques joined Michael Lumb and upped the run rate by smashing O'Brien for a six and three fours in his next over. Lumb, who was dropped in the fifth over, top-edged a full toss to be caught at cover in the next over. Muttiah Muralitharan and Matthew Gale slowed things a bit, giving 17 runs in the next three overs, before Steven Smith clobbered Gale for a six over deep midwicket to push the pedal again.
Smith handed a return catch to O'Brien to fall for 25 but Henriques went on to score his fifty off 36 balls in the 14th over. He was dismissed for 55, stumped down the leg side off Muralitharan. Marcus North lost two partners - Jordan Silk and Daniel Smith - in the last seven balls of the innings but scored an unbeaten 30 off 21 to take the Sixers to 151.
The Renegades started slow in their chase, scoring 13 in the first three overs, before picking up pace in Nathan Lyon's first over. They were 35 after five overs when a direct hit from Henriques, at cover point, lit the bails at the non-striker's end to break the opening stand. Michael Hill kept the required run rate in control with boundaries in the next two overs but was caught at long-on for 35. Dwayne Bravo eased the nerves for them with two sixes but a mix-up led to Alex Doolan's run-out.
They needed 60 from 42 and tight bowling from Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon made it 32 from 18. Lee had two overs left and full-length deliveries from him in the 18th over meant the Renagades couldn't score a boundary. The equation came down to 25 from the last two overs. In the 19th, Sixers struck twice and gave away just eight runs to swing the game in their favour.