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Melbourne is red! Christian leads Renegades to 13-run win over Stars to clinch maiden BBL title

The Aaron Finch led Renegades clinched a thriller win against rivals Melbourne Stars to win their maiden BBL title.

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New Delhi Published on: February 17, 2019 14:18 IST
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Melbourne Renegades beat Stars by 13 runs to win their maiden BBL title

The Melbourne Renegades won its maiden Big Bash League title on Sunday, beating the Melbourne Stars by 13 runs after the Stars had a calamitous batting collapse of seven wickets for 19 runs while seemingly cruising to victory.

Chasing a target of 146 runs, the Stars were in command at 93 for no loss in the 13th over after restricting the Renegades to 145-5 in their 20 overs after winning the toss.

Glenn Maxwell (1), Peter Handscomb (0) and Dwayne Bravo (3) were all part of the collapse for the Stars after the Renegades had Marcus Stoinis (39 runs from 38 balls) bowled to make the initial breakthrough.

When Bravo departed, the Stars needed 34 runs from 14 balls and didn't get close.

Ben Dunk top-scored for the Stars with 57 from 45 balls, while Dan Christian, Chris Tremain and Cameron Boyce all took two wickets each for the Renegades.

Earlier, Maxwell sent the Renegades in after winning the bat flip and his bowlers soon gained the upper hand as the home side slumped to 65-5 in the 11th over. But Tom Cooper (43 runs from 35 balls) and Christian (38 from 30) steadied their side with an unbeaten 80-run partnership from 58 balls for a competitive total.

Legspinner Adam Zampa went for 11 runs in his first over, but recovered to post 2-21 from his four overs. Jackson Bird took 2-25 from three overs and helped force the run-out that got captain Aaron Finch out for 13 runs from 10 deliveries.

Finch was run out at the non-striker's end after Bird stuck his boot out to a Cameron White drive that deflected onto the stumps.

Finch's frustration at the unlucky dismissal was evident as cameras caught Australia's one-day international captain twice belting a chair with his bat as he disappeared down the tunnel to the change rooms.

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