The Melbourne Renegades beat city rivals Melbourne Stars by 13 runs to win their maiden Big Bash League title on Saturday.
Initially, Melbourne Stars won the toss and opt to bowl, and Melbourne Renegades scored 145 runs in 20 overs losing 5 wickets. The openers Marcus Harris scored 12 runs and Aaron Finch scored 13. Both are out to Jackson Bird. After losing early wickets, Tom Cooper and Daniel Christian steadied the inning by scoring 43 and 38 runs respectively. Jackson Bird and Adam Zampa got 2 Wickets each.
In reply, Melbourne Stars scored 132 runs for the loss of 7 wickets, they had a good chance of winning the match when the openers were scoring runs at a good pace, Ben Dunk scored 57 runs and Marcus Stoinis scored 39 runs. While things getting out of hand Cameron Boyce got them out which turned the match in Renegades favor. After losing the successive wickets they were in no condition to get their game back.
Dan Christian is the Man of the Match said that "It was a pretty awesome game. Tommy Cooper at the end with me set a competitive total, and the bowlers just stuck to it till the end. This was certainly the best one. We have spent a lot of time together, and we have a great bunch of legs together. Well done Stoinis and Maxi, thanks to the groundsmen, and the fans of course."
Glenn Maxwell, Melbourne Stars captain said that "We played some great cricket this tournament. To fall short, in the end, is disappointing. It was great for our supporters to turn up. Thank you for that. Congratulations to the Renegades - you guys have been amazing. Can't ask more of my guys, it's been a great journey for the boys and the fans. Hopefully, we can go one better next time around."
Aaron Finch, Melbourne Renegades captain said that "Very special to win in front of our home fans. They have supported us through thick and thin. I didn't do much, to be honest, but Dan Christian and the rest of the boys did amazingly well. To do it in a final, in particular, was really special. You can defend anything in this ground. We stuck to our basics and strengths really well in the second half and I'm happy we pulled it off. Thanks to all the fans, the players, the families. To the Stars, commiserations. It was an amazing game for a final.