BBL 2018-19

WATCH: Shinwari’s ‘brutal bouncer’ to Short and Short’s ‘honesty’ left everyone stunned

Melbourne Renegades have defeated Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets during the ongoing Big Bash League match at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

Hurricanes posted 145-5 in their allotted 20 overs, the Renegades had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Despite losing three wickets for just 11 runs on the board, Ben McDermott and George Bailey stitched a brilliant 102-run partnership for the fourth wicket — which laid the foundation for a competitive total.

Bailey top-scored with unbeaten 70 runs off 53 balls while McDermott scored 50 runs off 43 balls.

For the Renegades, pacer Kane Richardson claimed three wickets for 38 runs. In reply, the home side secured victory in the final over of the innings by six wickets.

Winning side captain Aaron Finch top-scored with 42 runs while Sam Harper scored 32 runs. Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian remained unbeaten on 26 and 25 runs respectively.

Shinwari’s ‘brutal bouncer’ to Short and Short’s ‘honesty’

During a confusing sequence of events, an umpire distinctly changed his decision on the spot after D’Arcy Short started heading towards the changerooms.

It was 4th ball of 2nd over, A brutal bouncer from Usman Shinwari crashed into Short’s bat, and the Pakistani paceman comfortably took the catch.

However, the umpire somehow missed the deflection off the bat face, shaking his head to signify the batsman was not out.

While the Renegades players pleaded with arms aloft, Short started walking towards the boundary, spurring the umpire to quickly rectify his mistake and raise the finger.

Usman Shinwari to Short, OUTcaught and bowled! 143kph bouncer right at him, he tried to pull, got it straight off the gloves infront of the helmet, it popped up and Shinwari runs through and takes the catch next to Short. They appeal, the umpire gives it not out initially, then Short goes to walk and the umpire raises his finger!

DJM Short c & b Usman Shinwari 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Veteran’s Magic Direct Hit:

At 36 years of age, South African-born Johan Botha was the oldest player from either team but still managed to pull off the most spectacular piece of fielding of the match.

Renegades captain Aaron Finch was cruising at 42 off 38 balls when he attempted a quick single off the bowling of Clive Rose in the 12th over of the innings.

However, Botha swooped in from point and threw down the stumps at the bowler’s end, finding Finch an agonising 5cm short of his ground.

It was a piece of magic that completely changed the momentum of the match, setting up an enthralling finish.

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