Bushrangers win Big Bash thriller at the MCG
The Victorian Bushrangers won a thrilling game by 6 wickets against the SpeedBlitz Blues to record their second win in this years KFC Big Bash at a cold and breezy MCG.
The Bushrangers were set a total of 179 to beat the Blues and gain some revenge after losing last years Big Bash Final and their semi final at the Twenty20 Champions League against their old state rivals.
Brad Hodge (40) and Matthew Wade (41) started off well for the Bushrangers as they enjoyed a partnership of 69 which was starting to concern the Blues. Wade tried one to many big shots and could only watch as he skied a catch to wicketkeeper Daniel Smith to give Mitchell Starc the first wicket of the innings.
Hodge continued the attack aided by Cameron White before the pair both departed within an over of each to leave the Bushranger with a uphill task.
With urgency need David Hussey stepped forward and dispatched the Blues bowlers around the MCG to bring the home side back into the game. He was caught on the boundary by Steve Smith with 3 overs to go but his 38 from just 16 balls had made the Bushrangers favorites for the victory.
The Bushrangers still needed 26 more runs from just 15 balls but West Indian all rounder Dwayne Bravo put in a match wining cameo scoring the winning runs with 2 balls to go.
Earlier Blues captain Moises Henriques won the toss and elected to bat first looking to set the Bushrangers a large run chase later in the evening.
The Blues got off to a good start with David Warner and Phil Jaques, who was moved up the order to replace Phil Hughes who had gone off to join the Australia test squad, enjoying a partnership of 60.
Warner looked set for another big score but in Dwayne Bravo's first over he miss judged the speed of Bravo's second delivery and ballooned a catch to the wicketkeeper.
With the loss of Warner the Blues were unable to increase the run rate losing wickets at regular intervals until Steven Smith and Dwayne Smith met at the crease with the Blues 128-5.
The Smith's partnership of 45 lifted the Blues and they went off the field knowing a total of 178 should be defendable.