In the 44th match of the Big Bash League 2022-23, Melbourne Stars clashed against Brisbane Heat at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium in Melbourne on Monday. Heat won the toss and invited the Stars to put runs on the scoreboard.
In the 15th over Matt Renshaw played a reverse sweep shot on Adam Zampa’s delivery which went straight to short third, Peirson raced up for the run but Renshaw hadn’t moved as he was only watching the ball and there was a miscommunication between both the batters. The throw came to Zampa but it was a hard throw and he missed it, Renshaw could have gone by miles if the leg-spinner had collected the ball.
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Matt Renshaw keeps the Heat’s hope alive in the tournament
Talking about the match, Renshaw’s brilliant boundary off the final ball secured the Brisbane Heat a crucial three-wicket win over the Stars to help keep their BBL 12 finals dream alive. Earlier while batting first, Stars’ batter Nick Larkin’s 36-ball 58 gave the Stars a total to defend, they struggled at the start, and couldn’t find the tempo on a wicket that did assist the pacers. Michael Neser made most of it with the wicket of Clarke.
At the halfway stage, they were reeling at 67 for 3, but Beau Webster rallied them with a 34-ball 36, but both he and Nathan Coulter-Nile were sent packing during the batting surge, needing Larkin to hold one end up and boost the score toward the final couple of overs. Four wickets for Neser who was the best bowler on display.
Chasing the target of 161 runs, Heat lost two wickets in the Powerplay as the Stars’ bowlers were bowling well. But, Renshaw had different things in his mind and kept the scoreboard ticking, playing according to the field and taking calculated risks. Brisbane kept losing wickets but Renshaw was cool in the tense situations. He ensured that his side doesn’t fall behind and was at par with the asking rate.