BBL12, The Melbourne Stars won the coin toss and elected to field first. Martin Guptill and Shaun Marsh progressively formed a connection after the early loss of Sam Harper but were unable to considerably enhance their scoring rate.
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Guptill scored 32 runs off 27 balls before being removed, while Marsh scored 32 runs off 35 balls. Trent Boult then struck out in-form batsman Aaron Finch, and Jonathan Wells and Mackenzie Harvey combined to help the Renegades turn the game around.
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Harvey ended the match unbeaten, scoring 32 runs off 23 balls. In the last over, Zampa had a ‘Mankad’ moment and tried to run out Tom Rogers at the bowling end, but the third umpire judged that Zampa had finished his bowling motion and called Rogers not out.
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The Melbourne Stars were eventually able to restrict the Renegades to 141 runs in 20 overs. Trent Boult and Luke Wood each took two wickets, while Webster, Coulter-Nile, and Zampa each took one. The Melbourne Stars should have no trouble chasing this goal because of their powerful batting lineup.
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Inspired by the ‘Mankad Moment’ at the conclusion of the Renegades’ innings, Rogers came out blazing on all cylinders, dismissing Joe Clarke with his first legal delivery and then taking out Beau Webster and Thomas Rogers in his second over. The Stars were caught off guard by a devastating stretch of quick bowling and were unable to recover.
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Marcus Stoinis was subsequently removed by Will Sutherland, bringing the score to 18/4. With a 39-run partnership, Hilton Cartwright and Nick Larkin sought to bring the Stars back on track, however, a succession of wickets in the latter stages of the game tilted the game dramatically in favor of the Renegades. Larkin bowled well, but Rogers was the Renegades’ outstanding bowler, ending with superb figures of 5/16 in his four-over performance.
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