Daniel Christian
Daniel Christian (Credit: BBL)

Melbourne Renegades got the better of Sydney Sixers in a last-over thriller to win by three wicket and thus enter a maiden Big Bash League final on Friday.

Renegades will face Melbourne Stars in the summit clash on Sunday.

Chasing 181, Renegades made a terrific late comeback after the dismissal of their captain Aaron Finch in the 16th over with the asking rate in excess of 11 runs per over. Daniel Christian (3* off 14) turned out to be the hero as he blasted three sixes before Kane Richardson hit the winning boundary with Renegades making 184/7 with a delivery to spare.

Sydney Sixers, after being asked to bat, posted 180/3 thanks to twin fifties from their opening pair of Josh Phillipe and Daniel Hughes. The duo led a sparkling start, adding 87 runs before both fell to the legspin of Cameron Boyce (2/33).

Phillipe scored 31-ball 52 with seven fours and a six, Hughes also made 52 off 32 with four fours and two sixes.

Post their dismissals, Renegades bowlers made some amends keeping the pair of James Vince and Moises Henriques under control. Vince scored 28 off 24 while Henriques remained unbeaten on 28.

Jordan Silk provided the late push with a four and a six to make 17 not out off 7 deliveries to help his side to the highest score of BBL08.

Renegades innings didn’t have a good start with Marcus Harris falling off the fourth delivery of the chase. His partner Aaron Finch decided the play the role of sheet anchor, allowing the youngster Sam Harper to take the lead as he stroked his way to a 17-ball 36 that had three fours and as many sixes.

While Finch held one end tight, others around him gained the confidence to play their shots. Veteran Cameron White took over after Harper edged one off Ben Dwarhuis to be out caught behind. White also faced 17 deliveries to score 29. However, his dismissal resulted in a flurry of wickets as Renegades lost Mackenzie Harvey (2), Tom Cooper (14) and Finch (44) inside 22 deliveries to be reduced for 133/6.

Christian’s whirlwind knock ensured Renegades chase was resurrected but it eventually came down to the final over in which they needed seven runs. Dwarhuis began the over with a wicket before Richardson (9*) hit two fours in the space of five deliveries to send his team into the final.

Brief Scores: Melbourne Renegades 184/7 (Aaron Finch 44, Sam Harper 36, Dan Christian 31*; Steve O’Keefe 2/22) beat Sydney Sixers 180/3 (Josh Phillipe 52, Daniel Hughes 52; Cameron Boyce 2/33) by three wickets