Rohit Sharma feels India has won the series in England by 2-1
5 Oct 2021
It was yet another disappointing end to a game for the Melbourne Renegades as they lost by a huge margin of 129 runs against Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Big Bash League 2021-22. This is the same margin by which Thunder had earlier beaten Renegades in the last season as well. This is in fact the joint third-highest victory margin registered by any team.
Chasing a target of 210 runs, there was not even a single point in the chase where the Renegades could have looked in control. Right from the very start when they lost the opener, Sam Harper, in the second over with the team score at five runs, there was no stopping the downfall of the red machines.
Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch, the two experienced tried to up the ante, but with the loss of Masrh’ wicket in the fourth over with the team score at 27, it all went in vain.
From 27-2, suddenly the Renegades were 38-5 as they lost Nic Maddinson, Mackenzie Harvey and Finch in this period of 11 overs. After that, it was only formalities and thunder were ruthless in completing those formalities. James Seymour, who came to bat at number six top-scored with 25 while Kane Richardson made 17 as the ‘Gades got all out at 80.
For Thunder, Mohammad Hasnain picked three wickets while Gurinder Sandhu and Tanveer Sangha picked two each.
Earlier in the day, after losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Thunder lost Matthew Gilkes early. However, first Alex Hales with his 63 off just 23 balls and then Daniel Sams with his unbeaten 98 off just 44 balls made sure that the men in green reached 209 at the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs.
With this win, the thunder moved to the second position in the points table overtaking cross-city rivals Sixers. Renegades remained at sixth position with 15 points from 10 games, which is equal to fifth-placed Heat in the points table.