Match Report:


Smith top scores as Sixers down 'Gades in tense finish

Sixers superstar hit 61 in his BBL return as a Will Sutherland cameo took it down to the wire at the SCG

Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades | BBL|13

Steve Smith has starred with a half-century for the Sydney Sixers in a nail-biting eight-run KFC BBL win over the Melbourne Renegades on Friday night at the SCG.

With the Renegades needing 22 runs from the final over for victory, paceman Ben Dwarshuis (3-36) stepped up for the Sixers only days after the sudden death of his father.

He bowled Tom Rogers with the first ball of the over before conceding a six from allrounder Will Sutherland as the Renegades' last hope kept the game in the balance.

But Sutherland (51no off 30) swung and missed the penultimate ball of the game, with the equation of nine runs then out of the Renegades' grasp with one ball remaining.

The Renegades finished on 7-167 in reply to the Sixers' 6-175 as Sydney extended their four-year unbeaten run over their Melbourne rivals.

Smith keeps up scintillating T20 form with silky 61

The Renegades were left to rue meagre contributions from their top order, losing captain Nic Maddinson for six in the first over on his return from injury and they stumbled from there.

Young gun Jake Fraser-McGurk (48 off 24) was the only other batter who seriously threatened for the Renegades as he just fell short of his first BBL half-century.

Fraser-McGurk launches one out of the SCG

Smith picked up where he left off last BBL summer, again opening the batting and setting the tone for the Sixers by top scoring with 61 after they were sent in by Maddinson.

After the Sixers lost 2-2 from Sutherland's bowling, Smith steadied the ship during a 69-partnership for the third wicket with a favourite co-conspirator in Moises Henriques.

Smith brought his seventh BBL half-century with a single off Sutherland, who finished with 2-21.

It took long-time Australian teammate Adam Zampa (2-24) to dismiss Smith in the 17th over and prevent the all-out carnage that had crowds flocking to see him last summer.

Also playing his first match on home soil since their 50-over World Cup triumph, Zampa enticed Smith into skying a shot to deep square leg, where he was caught by Jono Wells.

Zampa threatened to turn the game on its head as he bowled English allrounder Tom Curran for a golden duck with his next delivery, but he missed out on his maiden BBL hat-trick.

Sutherland smokes four huge sixes in maiden T20 half-century

Nevertheless, the leg-spinner halted the momentum, something the Sixers only regained in a 17-run final over that featured two sixes from Jordan Silk (26no off 14 balls).

A rare clash for Smith with Test teammate Nathan Lyon was put on ice as the superstar off-spinner missed the game to ready himself for next week's Perth Test.

Smith is hoping to play for the Sixers once more this summer in a clash with the Sydney Thunder on January 12, that falls between the Pakistan and West Indies Test series.

KFC BBL|13 standings

Matches played
No results
Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Brisbane Heat Men Brisbane Heat Men HEA 10 7 1 0 2 0.972 0 16
2 Sydney Sixers Men Sydney Sixers Men SIX 10 6 2 0 2 0.339 0 14
3 Perth Scorchers Men Perth Scorchers Men SCO 10 6 3 0 1 0.725 0 13
4 Adelaide Strikers Men Adelaide Strikers Men STR 10 5 4 0 1 0.331 0 11
5 Hobart Hurricanes Men Hobart Hurricanes Men HUR 10 4 6 0 0 -0.268 0 8
6 Melbourne Stars Men Melbourne Stars Men STA 10 4 6 0 0 -1.051 0 8
7 Melbourne Renegades Men Melbourne Renegades Men REN 10 2 6 0 2 -0.288 0 6
8 Sydney Thunder Men Sydney Thunder Men THU 10 1 7 0 2 -0.652 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points

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