REN vs THU Result: Sydney Thunder climbs to top of the table; beats Melbourne Renegades on DLS in rain-marred clash

BBL 2020 REN vs THU Result: The Melbourne Renegades remained at the bottom of the BBL table as a strong performance from the Sydney Thunder top order took them to a rain-curtailed seven-run victory on the Gold Coast, their fifth in a row to put them at the top of the ladder, on an evening interrupted and ultimately ended by rain.

A power-packed start by Alex Hales put the Thunder well ahead of the rate in what looked a demanding chase of 173 after Shaun Marsh’s 87 had anchored the Renegades’ innings either side of the first rain interruption. He fell to one of the catches of the tournament – and certainly the catch of the year so far – from MacKenzie Harvey, but the innings was then kept on course by the cool head of Usman Khawaja.

Both sides were hampered by a wet ball at stages, but the Renegades needed the game to go the distance having fallen behind on the DLS due to Hales’ onslaught. Despite narrowing the gap somewhat, they were unable to take the wicket that could have made the difference. Captain Aaron Finch gambled by holding his senior seamer Kane Richardson back, as the rain fell with a view to using him in the Power Surge over and the death.

REN vs THU Result: Khawaja guiding hand

Khawaja was impressive both on the field and during the rain break. Having been content to watch Hales do his stuff at the other end – he made 5 off 7 balls in their 52-run opening stand that came in four overs – he was then taking charge of the latter part of the chase when the asking rate had nudged back above ten an over following some good work by the spinners. He took consecutive boundaries off Imad Wasim in the tenth over to give the Thunder even more breathing space on the DLS and dispatched Will Sutherland over mid-on moments before the rain got too heavy.

REN vs THU Brief Scores: 

Sydney Thunder 2 for 117 (Khawaja 48*, Hales 45) beat Melbourne Renegades 6 for 166 (Marsh 87, McAndrew 3-41) by seven runs (DLS)