BBL 2021-22: Maxwell's responsible knock gives Stars easy win vs Renegades in Melbourne derby

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Jan 13, 12:28 PM

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Melbourne Stars clinched a comfortable win against the Renegades in a Melbourne derby at Docklands Stadium on Thursday. 

Chasing a small total of 123, the Stars had a couple of early hiccups after Joe Clarke and Beau Webster were sent back in the hut in quick succession but captain Glenn Maxwell who opened the innings alongside Clarke held the fort at one end. 

He first steadied the ship with a 52-run stand with Joe Burns for the third wicket before the latter departed for 17 off 19. The right-handed batter was then joined by Hilton Cartwright but he could only manage to score 12 off 15 leaving the Stars at 95/4. 

Maxwell took the matter in his hands and went on to score an unbeaten at 68 off 45 deliveries which included eight fours and a maximum during the course to take his team over the line. Kane Richardson was the pick of the bowlers for Renegades after he returned with figures of 1/12 in 3 overs. 

Earlier, the Renegades had a dismal start to the proceedings after they were reduced 25/3 in the sixth over before Finch and Fraser-McGurk tried to provide some resistance. 

The two batters put up a partnership of 51 runs for the fourth wicket before Fraser-McGurk was out to Qais Ahmed for a 39-ball 32. His dismissal broke the shackles and the Melbourne Renegades lost wickets at regular intervals to get restricted to 122/7 in 20 overs with Finch top-scoring with 45 off 44. 

Qais Ahmed returned with two wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs while Zampa had a couple of scalps to his name at the cost of just 18 runs in his 4 overs.  

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