Samuels effort puts Renegades back on top
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Marlon Samuels cleaned up the tailenders as his side, Melbourne Renegades, crushed Adelaide Strikers to return to the top of the ladder in the Australian Big Bash League yesterday.
Samuels finished with leading figures of three for 16 off three overs after Muttiah Muralitharan ripped through the middle order and helped inspire a 48-run win at Etihad Stadium.
The Strikers offered no real resistance and crumbled to 107 all out after Samuels' Renegades posted a more than competitive total of 155 for six.
Samuels contributed 16 from nine balls, smashing two fours and a six.
Murali was virtually unplayable on his way to three for 18 off four overs, including Kieron Pollard, who he caught plumb in front to end any hopes the Strikers had of a middle-order revival.
Pollard himself shared in the highlights of the match by taking a spectacular one-handed catch running back with the flight, off his own bowling.
The Renegades are now virtually assured of a top-four finish, while the Strikers are right back in the pack, sitting at fourth ahead of the Scorchers and the Heat, who have a game in hand against the Stars tonight.