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Renegades keep finals hopes alive

04 January 2016

Tremain, Finch and Gayle lead the 'Gades to comprehensive win over the Hurricanes

The match in a tweet: Renegades romp! The bowlers, led by Tremain, derailed the Cane Train before Finch and Gayle went berserk to keep their finals hopes alive!

The turning point: Teams are allowed to get off to bad starts, but when ODI call-up George Bailey picked out Aaron Finch at mid-off to depart for a duck, Hobart were reduced to 3-20 in the sixth over. Dan Christian's cameo got his side to a respectable 140, but it was never going to be enough on a decent pitch after that horror start.

The hero: Chris Tremain was tight. Frugal. Skint. The right-arm seamer was outstanding, consistently hitting the right lengths and making the batsmen play. His first over went for a lone single, with five dot balls. His second, a wicket-maiden, captured the wicket of Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara. Tremain finished with figures of 4-1-11-1, failing to concede a boundary on his way to the man-of-the-match award. 

WATCH: Tremain gets the key wicket of Kumar

The support cast: Finch celebrated his own ODI selection with a measured and menacing 60 from 39 balls. While Chris Gayle was going ballistic at one end in the early stages, Finch bided his time, waiting for the bad ball to finish with 11 boundaries, all along the carpet, in his match-winning knock. Finch's batting is only one part of his game, with his tactical skills as captain shining through in the Hurricane's innings. Starting with spin the visitors applied the pressure early, forcing false strokes through dot balls and the powerplay collapse.   

WATCH: Finch's furious knock

The consolation effort: Dan Christian's purple patch continues. Entering at 3-20, the hard-hitter waited 18 balls before hitting his first boundary – a huge six over long-off. Three overs later, he sent Cameron Gannon over the rope twice, the second a bizarre slog sweep mid-slip that somehow cleared the fence. 

WATCH: Christian super slippery slog sweep

The wicket: It was the first of the match, a beauty from Xavier Doherty to Hurricanes opener Tim Paine. From around the wicket, Doherty got one to drift and drip on Paine who played all around it to be clean bowled. 

WATCH: Doherty beauty dupes Paine

The stat: Tremain's figures were the cheapest by bowler in BBL who's bowled their full four overs. It also led to the lowest powerplay this summer of 3-20.

The next stops: The Renegades now prepare for the return leg of the Big Melbourne Derby, while the Hurricanes head the MCG on Wednesday to take on the Stars.

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