Commentary: Sydney Thunder Vs Melbourne Renegades, 47th Match

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades, 47th Match

Sydney Thunder won by 8 wkts

MLR - 142/9 (20)
SYT - 144/2 (18.3)

CRR:  7.78

Player of the Match

Commentary

Matthew Gilkes | Player of the Match: Always nice to have a bit of luck. A sigh of relief after that dropped catch. (On Warner) To watch him play on TV for so long, and to do it out there is unbelievable. He's so good to bat with, talks you through the innings. (On today's innings) I had to play tactically, it was tough out there. It was all about not taking too many risks and taking it deep. This was a must win, happy to take it to the next game. Love playing here, and have played a lot of grade cricket out here. Always lovely to come down to Manuka, especially with the sold out crowds.

22:20 Local Time, 11:20 GMT, 16:50 IST: A comprehensive chase by the Thunder and they join the Gades with 12 points. Ther visitors will look back at that dropped chance off Matthew Gilkes - would have been a third wicket of the over and the match could've been flipped. Fawad dropped him though and they never got a second chance. The left-hander milked the bowling around and added 87 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand with Ross to seal victory and push themselves into the 4th spot. The win was actually set-up by the bowlers who were very disciplined and only a last over surge by Will Sutherland got them to a sizeable total. Thunder's win has nicely set-up the back-end of #BBL12 - the Scorchers and the Sixers are all but through and they should take the first two positions. Gades, Thunder, Strikers, Canes and Heat are all still in with a shout. The Stars have left themselves too much to do and are practically eliminated, although mathematically they're also still in with a 1% chance. That was the BBL action for today. Join us tomorrow for two more crucial slug-fests as teams look to book their playoffs berth, For now, cheers and bye..

18.3 K Richardson to Ross, FOUR, Thunder win and they keep their playoff hopes alive - short of a good length and angling down leg, Ross shuffles across, used the pace on the ball and helped it on its way with the paddle

18.2 K Richardson to Matthew Gilkes, 1 run, slower short ball outside off - Gilkes hangs back and toe-ends it back towards the bowler, dropped short on Richardson's followthrough and bursts away

18.1 K Richardson to Matthew Gilkes, no run, short of a good length and just outside off, punched off the back-foot to backward point

Kane Richardson [3.0-1-19-0] is back into the attack

SYT: 139-2 after 18 overs

17.6 Fawad Ahmed to Ross, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries, flighted delivery on off, Ross reverses his stance, rolled his wrists and placed the sweep behind square on the off-side for a boundary

17.5 Fawad Ahmed to Ross, FOUR, clubbed, Ross picks the wrong 'un, comes down the pitch and plays with the turn, finds the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary

17.4 Fawad Ahmed to Matthew Gilkes, 1 run, Gilkes brings out another reverse paddle, was through with the shot and toe-ends it towards cover

17.3 Fawad Ahmed to Matthew Gilkes, no run, flighted delivery on off, pushed straight to the fielder at cover

17.2 Fawad Ahmed to Matthew Gilkes, 4 runs, cheeky, flighted delivery outside off, was the wrong 'un, Gilkes was shaping for the reverse sweep, uses the angle and paddles it very fine, long chase for the fielder and they run four

17.1 Fawad Ahmed to Ross, 1 run, nicely tossed up on middle and leg, pushed towards cover for a single

Fawad Ahmed [3.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

SYT: 125-2 after 17 overs

16.6 Tom Rogers to Matthew Gilkes, no run, short of a good length and just outside off, doesn't come onto the left-hander and he mistimes the pull to mid-on

16.5 Tom Rogers to Matthew Gilkes, no run, another slower short ball, angled across the left-hander, Gilkes mistimes the pull back at the bowler

16.4 Tom Rogers to Ross, 1 run, short of a good length and just outside off - Gilkes backs away on the cut and miscues it to the off-side

16.3 Tom Rogers to Matthew Gilkes, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, heaved away towards mid-wicket for a single

16.2 Tom Rogers to Ross, 1 run, slower short ball outside off - Ross backs away and cuts it to backward point, scampers across for a quick single

16.1 Tom Rogers to Ross, FOUR, nicely played, short of a good length and at the stumps, Ross backs away and slices the cut behind point, runs awya to the ropes in a hurry

Tom Rogers [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack