MELBOURNE – West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance for the Melbourne Renegades as they defeated the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in the Big Bash today at Docklands Stadium.
The Hurricanes started steadily with former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting hitting two boundaries in the second over off Darren Pattinson. But Nathan Rimmington’s late swing removed Tim Paine to start a rot for Hobart.
The dangerous Travis Birt nearly hit the roof when he launched Samuels but it landed in the doctor-safe hands of Daniel Harris.
Ponting threatened to unleash when he lofted an imperious cover drive into the stands off Pattinson. But Ponting lost his off stump off an uncharacteristic reverse-sweep off Muttiah Muralitharan and the Hurricanes began to slide, losing 4 for 16 in 28 torturous deliveries.
Owais Shah was unbeaten in that period but he did not help his team’s cause, scoring a boundary-less 14 from 29 balls before becoming Samuels’ third victim in the 18th over.
Xavier Doherty and Doug Bollinger scored 15 from the last 10 balls to see the Hurricanes to 102 for 9. Samuels finished with 3 for 22.
Renegades then rushed to 103 for three wickets in the 14th over with opener Aaron Finch smashing an unbeaten 46 in 40 balls and Samuels blasting 21 in nine balls with five boundaries.†††
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