Sydney Thunder lose despite Gayle half-century

Chris Gayle looked in sparkling form, much to the delight of the home fans © Getty Images

 

Sydney: Dec 30, 2011

 

Chris Gayle’s explosive 75 off 54 balls went in vain as the Sydney Thunder lost to Melbourne Renegades by six runs in Twenty20 Big Bash League Friday.

 

Melbourne, electing to bat, could only manage an under-par 140/8, largely thanks to the two openers Aaron Finch (41) and Brad Hodge (44), who strung a 82-run partnership.

 

Coming out to open for Sydney, Chris Gayle once again looked in sparkling form, much to the delight of the home fans. However, their ecstasy was short-lived as wickets tumbled at the other end. Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi starred with the ball for the Renegades, taking three wickets for 21 runs.

 

This victory gives the Renegades their first win of the tournament while the Thunders suffered their first loss.

 

Brief Scores: Melbourne Renegades 140 for 8 in 20 overs (Brad Hodge 44, Aaron Finch 41; Sean Abbott 2-21, Luke Butterworth 2-27) bt Sydney Thunder 134 for 7 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 75, Usman Khawaja 17; Shahid Afridi 3-21, Shaun Tait 2-31) by 6 runs