The Chase of A Lifetime
The Chase of A Lifetime, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
It was the chase of all chases within the Big Bash League, as Sydney Sixers put an emphatic and exciting end to the 21st BBL match by chasing the hefty 170-run total put up by their opponents, Melbourne Renegades, and doing so, brandished their names across BBl history, arriving at the highest ever successful chase in the League.
The Renegades started out ahead in every sense of the word, having won the toss and elected to bat, and then setting the pace on the pitch, with skipper, Aaron Finch amassing a little above a half century, which came as a welcome change to his largely dismal season performances. However, his fellow batsmen sacrificed their wickets recklessly, and where they did remain, could only get away with singles for the most part.
Tom Cooper and Callum Ferguson helped to anchor their captain's noble performance, by ending their stay on an even 39 runs each, before Cooper was caught by Nic Maddinson off a ball from Brad Haddin; while Ferguson's wicket was clipped again by Maddinson, off a ball from Sean Abbott.
On the other side of the innings, the team was far more balanced, with at least four of their opening and middle order batsmen accruing above 30 runs each. Daniel Hughes top scored for the Sixers with 41, while Michael Lumb and Brad Haddin "tied" at 31 runs each. Sydney even churned out a beautiful partnership between Hughes and Lumb, producing 72 runs to further solidify the depth of the Sixers' line-up.
The match climaxed with a dramatic tinge of confusion, with the Renegades seemingly unaware that the game had already been decided in favour of their opponents. With a free hit and two runs being "stolen" in the midst of an incorrect sixer signal from the umpire, the Sixers grabbed the tail of opportunity as it presented itself, and confidently marched into victory, that much closer to the finals.