The eighth edition Big Bash league has come to an end with a fitting. Melbourne Renegades emerged victorious in the Melbourne derby at the Marvel Stadium to lift their first-ever BBL title. This win must be extremely pleasing for the Renegades as it came in front of the home crowd. Aaron Finch led his troops from the front to give the Reds their first championship in the franchise history.
Melbourne Stars also had an exceptional campaign this season under the ace due of Stoinis & Maxwell. The Stars defeated the table toppers, Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final to storm their way into the finals. However, their city rivals had the better of them in the final game. Having lost both the league games against Melbourne Stars, the Renegades had the last laugh in the match that mattered the most.
Let us take a look at how each player performed as Melbourne Renegades defeated Melbourne Stars by 13 runs in the Big Bash League final.
All player ratings are done on a scale of ten.
Marcus Harris – 4
Marcus Harris tried too many things before giving himself time in the middle it seems. He got out to Jackson Bird in the second over after scoring just 12 runs.
Aaron Finch – 6
Aaron Finch has been the mainstay in the Renegades batting line-up this season. He could only manage to put 13 runs to his name before getting run out in an unfortunate manner. But he didn’t let his team down with his field placements in the second innings. Finch was applauded for his aggressive captaincy in a low-scoring affair.
Sam Harper – 3
The wicket-keeper batsman had an exceptional campaign thus far but couldn’t make any mark in the final. He only scored 6 runs off 7 balls to aggravate the Renegades’ woes in the batting department.
Cameron White – 4
White came into the middle when the Renegades were struggling at 25/2 in the fourth over. He stitched a crucial 20-run partnership with his skipper before the latter got out. He scored a run-a-ball 12 with a boundary and a six.
Mackenzie Harvey – 4
Mackenzie Harvey found himself once under the pump in the final. He scored only 14 runs before Adam Zampa cleaned him up. However, to his credit, he tried to spend some time in the middle.
Tom Cooper – 8
Tom Cooper played a gem of an innings under pressure to take his team to a respectable total. He remained unbeaten at 43 and stitched a game-changing partnership with Daniel Christian in the death overs.
Daniel Christian – 9
Daniel Christian saved his best for the knockout matches. After playing a blinder in the semi-final to take his side to the final, he put on an all-round masterclass to take his team over the line. The right-hander scored 38 not out and battled hard along with Tom Cooper to take his side to 145 runs. Then, later on, the all-rounder picked two crucial wickets in the 18th over to turn the match in the Renegades’ favour.
Cameron Boyce – 8
After being hammered in his first spell, he bounced back in style to get the two prized scalps of Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis. The Stars were on a roll till the 12th over and then Boyce struck twice in two overs to put them under pressure.
Kane Richardson – 7
Although he failed to get any wicket in this match, Richardson bowled really well in the powerplay overs. The Renegades were a few runs short in the first innings so they couldn’t afford to give their opponents a flying start. That is exactly what he did when he bowled as per the field placements and didn’t let the openers free their arms.
Chris Tremain – 8
The pacer from New South Wales had a brilliant outing with the ball. Tremain dismissed both Handscomb and Maxwell in successive overs to turn the game on its head. Who knows even if one of them would have stayed on the crease for a longer period of time.
Harry Gurney – 6
Harry Gurney has been the best death bowler in this season of the Big Bash League. The left-arm pacer proved his skills again in the final with his accurate and consistent yorkers in the end overs. The seamer from England gave away only 12 runs combined in the 17th and 19th overs of the run-chase and picked up Nic Maddison’s wicket too.
Ben Dunk – 8
Dunk was striking the ball beautifully in the powerplay overs as he seemed to have taken on the aggressor’s role. The southpaw’s wicket was crucial for the Stars once he reached his fifty. His team expected him to be there till the end. But unfortunately, he was caught on the boundary ropes while trying to hit a maximum.
Marcus Stoinis – 7
Stoinis looked under control to take his side to their first BBL title but that was not the case. He stitched a crucial 93-run partnership with Ben Dunk for the first wicket in a low scoring affair. The right-hander made 39 handy runs before Boyce cleaned him up with a wrong one. He was surprisingly ineffective with the ball in the final.
Peter Handscomb – 2
The stage was set for Handscomb to be the hero in the final match. However, he played an ugly shot off Tremain and got caught out by Dan Christian on his second ball.
Glenn Maxwell – 2
Maxwell was once again targetted with a short-ball trap and he fell for it yet again. After playing some defensive strokes, he lost his patience and eventually hit one straight to the throat of deep square leg.
Nic Maddinson – 3
Maddison had a mixed tournament so far this season as he couldn’t capitalize to make the most of all of his opportunities. He failed to impress in the final and could only manage to score six runs.
Seb Gotch – 2
Gotch had played the floater role really well throughout the season. However, he came in at number six and threw his wicket away to Christian after just scoring a couple of runs.
Dwayne Bravo – 5
Bravo had a poor outing with the bat. After conceding 24 runs in his three overs, he needed to back it up with the bat. Unfortunately for the Stars, the all-rounder could only manage three runs before getting out to a full toss.
Adam Zampa – 8
Zampa bowled a splendid spell to restrict the Renegades under 150. He took the key wickets of White and Harvey in the middle-overs. With the bat, he smashed 17 off 10. But it was not enough to take his team to victory.
Sandeep Lamichhane – 9
The leg-spinner from Nepal was extremely economical in his four-over spell as he only conceded 16 runs. He didn’t give chance to his opponents to free their arms by bowling consistently in the right lines.
Daniel Worrall – 3
The Player of the match in the semi-final couldn’t repeat his magic in the final. He was often trying too many things which gave the Renegades enough loose balls to put away and release the pressure.
Jackson Bird – 8
Jackson Bird was on fire with the ball. He bowled beautifully in the powerplay and sent back the top three batsmen on his own. After removing Marcus Harris and Sam Harper with his bowling, the pacer smartly deflected the ball in his follow through to run Aaron Finch out.