Bravo takes five as Renegades blow Hurricanes away
Five wickets from Dwayne Bravo and Cameron White's unbeaten half-century gave Melbourne Renegades a seven-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League on Thursday.
West Indian all-rounder Bravo claimed outstanding figures of 5-28, in the process becoming the first bowler to take 400 Twenty20 wickets as the Hurricanes were restricted to 164-8 in their first game of the tournament.
Ben McDermott and D'Arcy Short (both 34) were among several batsmen failing to build on starts and the home side paid the price, White (79 not out from 59 balls) and Marcus Harris (50) making half-centuries to get the Renegades off to a winning start.
Jofra Archer (2-17) was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, but a double-wicket maiden on the paceman's BBL debut proved to be in vain.
White and Harris put on 113 for the second wicket and Brad Hodge added a brisk 22 not out as the Renegades got home with nine balls to spare.
BRAVO BACK WITH A BANG
Bravo missed the last IPL due to injury, but set about making up for that disappointment in style at the expense of Hobart.
The West Indian all-rounder ended an opening stand of 53 when Alex Doolan holed out to Brad Hogg and Bravo also removed the dangerous McDermott, who clubbed some lusty blows and looked well set.
Bravo mixed up his pace and length expertly and was rewarded for his variety, taking three wickets in the last over to seal a second career five-wicket haul.
WHITE MAKES LIGHT WORK OF RUN CHASE
Clive Rose snared Renegades captain Aaron Finch caught behind from the second ball of the run chase, but that proved to be a false dawn as Harris and White cut loose.
White skipped down the track to club Rose for six to bring up his half-century, while Harris made exactly 50 from 34 balls before Archer removed the opener and Tom Cooper to give Hobart hope.
They could not see the back of White, though, as the former Australia all-rounder continued to find the boundary with ease and Hodge struck a couple of big sixes in what proved to be an emphatic win.
ARCHER SHOWS STRINGS TO HIS BOW
Barbados-born all-rounder Archer - an England hopeful for the future once he has qualified - hit the ground running on his BBL debut.
The 22-year-old bowled with great pace, getting rid of Cooper caught behind without scoring with a rising delivery in a brilliant over after sending Harris on his way.
Although it was not the start the Hurricanes wanted, Archer's performance with the ball was as a major plus.
Been keeping a keen eye on Jofra Archer whilst playing for Sussex (tipped by Will Davis)— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) December 21, 2017
Playing BBL now, this kid is gana be special!