Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Mandhana ton in vain as all-round Harmanpreet seals Renegades' win. Harmanpreet belted an unbeaten 81 off 55 balls.
Harmanpreet belted an unbeaten 81 off 55 balls.
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder
Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten 114 off 64 balls, which included 14 fours and 3 sixes, went in vain as Harmanpreet Kaur took the honours in Melbourne Renegades' four-win victory over Sydney Thunder. Harmanpreet's 81* off 55 was instrumental in the Renegades finishing with 175/4. Mandhana then hogged the limelight for the majority of the second innings but Harmanpreet had the last laugh as she defended 13 in the final over to put the Renegades back on top of the points table. Last Sunday, the Renegades were the first team to book a spot in the finals and with 18 points and two more games left, they look set to cement the top position.
Mandhana was positive from the outset in the chase, getting off the mark with a four off the first ball she faced and collected as many as six fours and a six inside the powerplay. Having watched Sammy-Jo Johnson and Phoebe Litchfield depart at the other end, she finally found support in Tahlia Wilson as they extended the partnership past 100. Mandhana was on 79 off 52 at the end of the 17th over and she raced to a 57-ball ton in the next over bowled by Holly Ferling. With 22 required off the last two overs, Sophie Molineux and Harmanpreet did a tidy job to hand Thunder their seventh loss in 12 games, which also put them out of the knockouts contention.
Earlier, asked to bat, the Renegades were in early trouble as Samantha Bates and Issy Wong dismissed the openers Jemimah Rodrigues and Carly Leeson in successive overs. Eve Jones and Harmanpreet got together and put on a 91-run partnership in quick time, with the latter scoring 42 off 33 with six fours and a six. While Bates ended the partnership with the wicket of Jones, Harmanpreet, in the company of Jess Duffin, put on 75 for the fourth wicket in only 41 deliveries to help the Renegades finish with a good total.
Brief scores: Melbourne Renegades 175/4 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 81*, Evelyn Jones 42; Samantha Bates 2-21) beat Sydney Thunder169/2 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 114*, Tahlia Wilson 38; Harmanpreet Kaur 1-27)by 6 runs.
Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers
Beth Mooney's half-century (78 off 53) and Sophie Devine's all-round show (61 off 52 and 2-30) overshadowed Katie Mack's unbeaten 84 off 61 as Perth Scorchers registered a 12-run win over the Adelaide Strikers. With 16 points from 12 matches, the Scorchers are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage of the WBBL.
Opting to bat, Scorchers posted a formidable total of 177/3, riding on sizable contributions from Mooney and Devine. The openers put on 137 – their third century partnership in this WBBL season – to provide a strong platform for the Scorchers. While Devine's knock, which included seven fours and a six, came at a strike-rate of 117.31, Mooney scored much quicker at 147.17 as she struck 10 fours. Heather Graham also contributed with 22 off 11, which included two sixes, to help Scorchers finish on a positive note.
Having lost Dane van Niekerk early in the chase to Marizanne Kapp, a 90-run stand between Mack and Laura Wolvaardt kept the Strikers in the hunt. Wolvaardt, however, fell to Devine after which Mack received little support from the rest as the Scorchers struck at regular intervals to restrict the Strikers to 165/5.
Brief scores: Perth Scorchers 177/3 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 78, Sophie Devine 61; Megan Schutt 1-31)beat Adelaide Strikers 165/5 in 20 overs (Katie Mack 84*, Laura Wolvaardt 40; Sophie Devine 2-30, Heather Graham 2-30)by 12 runs.