Nabi on fire as Renegades snap losing run
Melbourne Renegades were down on confidence but not on spirit as all-rounder Mohammad Nabi led them to a shock comeback six-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers on Friday night.
The Renegades had lost seven out of their last eight, were missing star opener Shaun Marsh and lost skipper Aaron Finch early to a tight lbw decision after he appeared to smash his bat into his pad.
Mohammad Nabi took control of the game to deliver the Renegades victory.Credit:Getty Images
But after Finch told his players to keep positive, Afghan star Nabi (71 off 41) swung freely to spearhead a 4-178 chasing 177 as Nabi and young gun Jake Fraser-McGurk (29 off 23) excelled late.
Earlier Adelaide's Phil Salt (59 runs off 42 balls) and Alex Carey (42 off 24) made 75 for the second wicket en route to a slightly disappointing total of 7-177, they will regret not reaching 200 which was in play until late wickets fell.
The Renegades have their young bowlers to thank for cutting Adelaide short with young bowling all-rounder Jack Prestwidge (2-20) bowling a tight 19th over, Afghani teenager Noor 'Norman' Ahmad showing promise with his left-arm spinners and unheralded leg-spinner Peter Hatzoglou (3-43) claiming dangermen Salt and Jake Weatherald.
Adelaide's bowling depth showed with Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan (2-24), Daniel Briggs and Agar, what Finch would do to have Agar or Siddle to reduce the pressure on Kane Richardson.
Siddle injured his left (non-bowling) hand after having a ball smashed back at him, after some treatment he played on but dropped Fraser-McGurk soon after adding to his pain.
The Strikers will hope he doesn't have any lasting damage to his hand.
The Strikers were already in control of the game in the 13th over from skipper Alex Carey called for their 'power surge'.
Impressive: Jack Prestwidge.Credit:Getty Images
Renegades captain Aaron Finch saw Carey's signal and immediately brought up his field to meet the restrictions on outfielders.
But the umpire had missed Carey's signal, it was noticed three balls in when the other umpire noticed the fielding positions, Carey immediately confirmed the surge and it was signalled.
Carey and Phil Salt were batting so well they took 25 runs from Richardson's over.
THE MIC IS ALWAYS ON
Kayo Sports viewers received some bonus 'raw' commentary after their Big Bash coverage started early.
But special comments men Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds weren't aware of this as they discussed Australian star Marnus Labuschagne.
Both men raised issues with Labuschagne's exuberant mannerisms when batting and when leaving the ball. Their comments spread quickly on social media.
"Just f—en bat properly," Warne exclaimed before Symonds suggested, perhaps jokingly, that in his era teammates would take matters into their own hands.
"You would have to give him the hog pile if you keep that up," Symonds said.
A hog pile is supposedly when the whole team piles on a person. Kayo Sports tweeted an apology on Friday night.
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