Melbourne Renegades 148/8 (20.0)
Perth Scorchers 152/6 (20.0)
Ashton Agar held his nerve where Aaron Finch couldn’t in a last ball thriller, as the Scorchers saw off the Renegades.
The Scorchers continued their record of never having lost to the Melbourne side, and had Michael Klinger to thank after an exceptional knock.
The Renegades’ innings was a strange one.
Every player in the top 5 got a start, but none of them were able to really get on top of the bowling.
Wickets fell regularly throughout, with skipper Aaron Finch (24) the first to go off the bowling of Tye.
The spin of Ashton Turner (2/25) then accounted for Marcus Harris (25) and top-scorer Cameron White (37).
At 108/3, the Renegades still looked to be in a promising position when the latter was dismissed, but the innings fell away towards the end.
Despite notable contributions from Callum Ferguson (28) and Dwayne Bravo (23), the lower order were unable to make an impact thanks to some excellent death bowling by David Willey (2/15).
The last 6 overs saw the Renegades lose 5 wickets for just 40 runs during a terrible period for the home side.
Chasing what was, in truth, a sub-par total, the Scorchers’ reply wasn’t without its difficulties.
Shaun Marsh, hoping to find his form in his second game, started slowly, before falling victim to the crafty Sunil Narine.
The Renegades had troubles of their own when they lost Dwayne Bravo and his potential overs through injury, attempting to stop a boundary in the deep.
Narine was in the action again, though, running Ian Bell (22) out with a direct hit after he and Michael Klinger had built a good partnership.
With the game in the balance, Klinger and Mitchell Marsh were excellent towards the latter stages.
Klinger’s composed and sensible knock of 72 (55) came to a farcical end, though, caught and bowled off a rare poor ball from the excellent Narine (2/20).
Ashton Turner came and went just balls later, caught in the deep chasing a wide one, as the game took another unexpected turn.
With 9 required from the final over, Marsh (34) took 2 off the first ball.
His hard-hitting cameo came to an end, though, perishing in the deep to Aaron Finch’s death bowling.
The drama heightened next ball, as the experienced Adam Voges was run out by Finch in a moment of madness.
7 off 5 had become 3 off 1.
Finch, bowling to Ashton Agar, produced a full toss, which Agar gleefully accepted, smashing 6 over mid-wicket to secure a dramatic win for the Scorchers.