Mohammad Nabi became the man of the moment for Melbourne Renegades to help finish their unwanted streak of seven consecutive losses with a six-wicket win against Adelaide Strikers in their ninth game of the season. After posting a daunting total of 177, Strikers’ done pretty well to restrict Renegades with wickets but Nabi combined with Jake Fraser-McGurk to take Renegades to home with an unbeaten partnership of 68 runs.
The 33rd match of the BBL 10 was scheduled between the home side Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades at the Adelaide Oval. Strikers were the more confident side of the two as Renegades were on a seven-match losing streak. Renegades were on their way to stretch the lead to eight matches before Mohammad Nabi pulled them to a six-wicket victory over the hosts as the visitors chased the score of 178 with one ball to spare.
Adelaide Strikers innings – Salt, batsman took the innings to daunting total
The home side Adelaide Strikers opted to bat first after winning the toss at the Adelaide Oval. Matt Renshaw and Phil Salt were the designated openers for the home team. A good start was given by the two openers. Putting up 61 runs together. Renshaw was the first to go at the score of 30.
Next batsman to come in, captain Alex Carey. Cool and calm Carey coming at the crease with a good score on the board at his home ground in front of his own crowd. Must be relaxing and overwhelmed to score. So, he scored.
Combining with Salt, hitting boundaries and scoring runs. 75 of the runs were added by the Salt-Carey partnership. In the process, Salt also brought up his second fifty of the season.
The innings was all set for a big total but soon that happened that mostly happens. Both the set batsmen got out in the space of three balls.
Imad Wasim probably picked the biggest wicket of the night of the captain. Carey was the first to go who miscued a 103 kph ball by Imad to mid-on for a simple catch. He was dismissed on 42 runs off 25 balls.
Two balls later, Salt was caught at the deep midwicket after scoring a brilliant 42-ball 59 and Strikers’ are now 136-3.
Both the batsmen hit three fours and three sixes in their innings.
Some lusty blows in the end from Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells took the team score to 177-7. Weatherald hit two sixes and one four in his brief stay for 10-ball 19.
150 out of 177 runs were scored by the top four batsmen in the Strikers’ innings.
Peter Hatzoglou picked up three wickets while Jack Prestwidge picked up a couple of wickets. Imad Wasim and Kane Richardson managed to take one wicket each.
Melbourne Renegades innings – Nabi breaks the defeat-jinx for Renegades
How you feel when you are on a seven-match losing-streak? Not good and desperately looking to break the streak. Mackenzie Harvey and Aaron Finch must came out to bat with that feelings. However, things didn’t go as they would’ve hoped. A so-far lean BBL for Finch, once again stretched when he was LBW by Wes Agar in only the 4th over.
Things weren’t looking good for the visitors as they were unable to keep wickets. Lost three wickets at the score of 68 in 8.1 overs. Harvey was the second wicket to fell to fell to bring Mohammad Nabi out at the crease.
Losing a couple of his batting partners on his way of taking his team to victory, Nabi scored an unbeaten 71 off 41 balls that included nine fours and two sixes in it. The nine fours also included a streak of two and three on different occasions.
After losing two of his batting partners, Sam Harper and Jack Prestwidge, Jake Fraser-McGurk joined Nabi on the crease. He also remained not out on 29 runs that included two sixes.
There was a SENIOR VS JUNIOR moment in the game when Rashid Khan was bowling to Mohammad Nabi, and Nabi smoked him for a six over midwicket to bring up his fifty of just 29 balls.
With 21 needed of the last two overs, Nabi bludgeoned Peter Siddle for a boundary and a six and Renegades yielded 16 runs off the 19th over. With 5 runs needed of the final over, the visitors got it with one ball to spare. Nabi, the man of the moment for Melbourne Renegades to end their horror losing-streak, remained not out on 71 off 41 balls.
Rashid Khan picket a couple of wickets.
Mohammad Nabi was the man of the match of the night for his efforts with the bat scoring 71 runs off 41 balls.
Man of the Match: Mohammad Nabi
Result: Melbourne Renegades won by 6 wickets
Points: Melbourne Renegades 4, Adelaide Strikers 0