The Melbourne Renegades cruised to a comfortable four-wicket victory over the Perth Scorchers, thanks to heroics from Sam Harper and Mohammad Nabi.
After winning the bat flip and electing to field first, the Renegades made short work of dismissing the Scorchers for 103 in 19 overs. Michael Klinger’s top score of 28 off 32 balls was the only highlight of the Scorchers innings as the home team ripped through the Scorchers’ batting order.
Daniel Christian and Kane Richardson picked up three wickets each while Usman Shinwari snapped up two scalps.
The Scorchers started brilliantly with the ball in the second innings with Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile terrorising the Renegades’ top order. The pair picked up two wickets each during the powerplay to reduce the home side to 4-32 after six overs.
After a disastrous start, Sam Harper and Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi got the home crowd on their feet with a swashbuckling 68-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Ashton Agar eventually broke the partnership by dismissing Nabi on 35 off 27 balls before Harper fell short of his crease in the same over on 36 off 25 balls.
The late flurry of wickets proved too little too late as the Renegades cruised over the line with Christian hitting the winning runs in the 16th over.
Usman Shinwari was declared man of the match for his figures of 4-17-2.