Dwayne Bravo opens Twenty20 400 club
HOBART, Tasmania (CMC):
Discarded West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo grabbed his second five-wicket haul in Twenty20s and became the first bowler to reach 400 wickets, as his Melbourne Renegades trounced Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in the Australian Big Bash yesterday.
Playing at the Bellerive Oval in the third game of the tournament, Hurricanes rallied to 164 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott both top-scoring with 34.
Medium pacer Bravo was outstanding, taking five for 28 from his four overs to lead the Renegades attack.
More importantly, he was responsible for breaking the two partnerships which threatened for Hobart. When openers Short and Alex Doolan (26) put on 53 from 36 deliveries, Bravo removed Doolan to a catch at short third man.
Bravo also struck in the 14th over to claim McDermott holing out to mid-off, after the batsman had added 52 for the third wicket with captain George Bailey (25).
The 34-year-old Trinidadian then restricted Hobart at the death, picking up three wickets in the final over - including the scalp of England-based Barbadian all-rounder Jofra Archer for one.
In reply, Cameron White smashed an unbeaten 79 from 59 deliveries, and Marcus Harris, 50 from 34 balls, as Renegades romped home with nine balls to spare.
The pair put on 113 for the second wicket before the enterprising seamer Archer, who ended with excellent figures of two for 17 from his four overs, had Harris caught at deep square leg.