Good Evening! Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s live coverage of the Match 8 of the 2015-16 Big Bash League (BBL) between Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne on Wednesday, as we bring you the live updates of this action. Renegades, who have been one of the powerhouse of the BBL ever since the tournament started, have failed to make it to the semi-finals and would look to turn things around this season. However, Sixers, who were the champions of the inaugural edition, are a star studded side and would look to win this tie here for their own advantage and spoil the Renegades party.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SS 174/7 | Overs 18.5 | Target 173 | BATTING: Trent Lawford 6(4), Sean Abbott 3(3): Sydney Sixers lose two wickets in quick succession but still they win the game with seven balls left. Trent Lawford and Sean Abbott remained unbeaten on six and three runs respectively. Sidney Sixers take a three-wicket victory. Sixers opening batter Michael Lumb is adjudged player of the match for his 63-run knock off just 35 deliveries. OUT! Jordan Silk lbw Nathan Rimmington 14(9), OUT! Steve O’Keefe c Aaron Finch b Nathan Rimmington 2(3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SS 156/5 | Overs 17 | Target 173 | BATTING: Jordan Silk 8(7), Steve O’Keefe 0(1): Melbourne Renegades pick two more wickets— Moises Henriques and Johan Botha. Henriques struck a quick 62 off only 38 deliveries. Steve O’Keefe has arrived to the middle. Sydney Sixers now require 17 runs in 18 balls with five wickets remaining. Still they are favourites to win the game. OUT! Moises Henriques c Cooper b Tremain 62(38), OUT! Johan Botha run out Aaron Finch 1(3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SS 126/3 | Overs 13.4 | Target 173 | BATTING: Moises Henriques 38(27), Jordan Silk 3(2): Michael Lamb blasts a brilliant 63 off 35 odd balls before he is caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off the bowling of Nathan Rimmington.  Moises Henriques is batting well on 38 at the moment having faced just 27 deliveries. Jordan Silk is the new man at the crease. Sydney Sixers now need 47 runs to win with 38 balls remaining; they have seven wickets in hand and are looking favourites to win from this moment on. OUT! Michael Lumb c Wade b Rimmington 63(35)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SS 39/2 | Overs 5.3 | Target 173 | BATTING: Moises Henriques 3(3), Michael Lumb 15(13): After 5.3 overs, Sydney Sixers have reached 39/2. They are chasing a hefty total, hence it is necessary that they up the scoring rate. Two wickets to fall were of Brad Haddin and Nic Maddinson for naught and 17 runs respectively. Sixers now require 134 runs off 87 balls with eight wickets in hand. OUT! Brad Haddin c Wade b Tremain 0(1), OUT! Nic Maddinson c Cooper b Rimmington 17(17)

INNINGS BREAK

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: MR 172/4 | Overs 20 | BATTING: Tom Beaton 41(23), Dwayne Bravo 45(29): Tom Beaton and Dwayne Bravo take Melbourne Renegades to 172/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Renegades will be happy considering they lost four wickets when there were only 94 runs on board in 13.2 overs. Let us see if Sydney Sixers succeed in chasing down this score.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: MR 136/4 | Overs 17.2 | BATTING: Tom Beaton 31(14), Dwayne Bravo 22(21): Tom Beaton and Dwayne Bravo’s partnership is now worth 42 runs. The match has reached its climax and we shall see a flurry of fours, sixes and wickets now. Both the batters, Beaton in particular are batting at a fast pace.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: MR 96/4 | Overs 14 | BATTING: Tom Beaton 1(1), Dwayne Bravo 14(15): Chris Gayle departs after a quickfire 46 off 33 balls with the help of three boundaries and as many sixes. Aaron Finch, Cameron White and Matthew Wade too get out cheaply. Sydney Sixers have the upper hand in the match right now. All four wickets to fall were picked up by four different bowlers. OUT! Aaron Finch c Botha b Bollinger 13(11), OUT! Chris Gayle c Abbott b Botha 46(33), OUT! Cameron White c Lumb b Henriques15(17), OUT! Matthew Wade b Abbott 4(8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: MR 18/0 | Overs 2.5 | BATTING: Aaron Finch 13(10), Chris Gayle 4(7): Melbourne Renegades are 18 for no loss at the end of 2.5 overs. Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle are taking their time to get their eye in. Maybe we will witness some big shots from now on.

TOSS: Sydney Sixers have won the toss and they have elected to field against Melbourne Renegades in the 8th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2015-16 tournament!

Teams:

Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques(c), Ryan Carters (wk), Sean Abbott, RR Ayre, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha,  Brad Haddin,  Trent Lawford, Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Steve O’Keefe, Jordan Silk

Melbourne Renegades : Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty,  Chris Gayle, Nathan Hauritz, Nathan Rimmington, Cameron Stevenson, Chris Tremain, Guy Walker, Cameron White

Renegades, who won their last game against the Vrisbane Heat, convincingly by seven wickets, would look to come up with the same match-winning performance, courtesy of their big-hitting and star-studded side, especially with the bug Jamaican Chris Gayle. While the Sixers too won their last game against the Hobart Hurricanes in a convincing fashion by 95 runs, and would lool to continue with the same momentum and dominate the league table in persuit for the semi-final spot. Unboubtedly, this match promises to be a thriller.

Squads:

Sydney Sixers: Brad Haddin (wk), Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Johan Botha, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Trent Lawford, Ryan Carters.

Melbourne Renegades: Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron White, Matthew Wade (wk), Tom Cooper, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Beaton, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Rimmington, Chris Tremain, Nathan Hauritz, Guy Walker, Cameron Stevenson.