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Michael Lumb hits 50 in Sixers win




MICHAEL Lumb struck five sixes and four fours in a 35-ball 63 as Sydney Sixers beat Melbourne Renegades by three wickets in the Big Bash.

Lumb put on 101 with captain Moises Henriques (62 off 38) for the third wicket inside 10 overs after Brad Haddin – out for a first-ball duck – and Nic Maddinson (17) fell early.

The Sixers looked to be comfortably chasing down their 173-run target set by the Renegades but a flurry of wickets – five for 43 – had them briefly rattled before edging to victory with seven balls to spare.
After winning the toss, the Sixers invited the home side to bat first in Docklands Stadium, and Chris Gayle got them off to a great start with 46 off 33, including three sixes.

The Renegades lost their way in the middle overs with Cameron White (15), Gayle, and Matthew Wade all falling in a four-over spell, which added only 20 runs.

But an unbroken 78-run partnership between Dwayne Bravo (45 off 29) and Tom Beaton (41 off 23) helped propel the hosts to a score of 172-4 from their 20 overs.

Chris Tremain (2-48) and pick-of-the-bowlers Nathan Rimmington (4-26) removed Haddin and Maddinson inside the first four overs to further the Renegades’ advantage, before Lumb took over.
His partnership with Henriques had the visitors coasting to victory before Rimmington added his wicket in the 14th over to trigger a mini-collapse.

Henriques and Johan Botha were dismissed within two runs of each other as the Sixers slipped to 155-5, and then Jordan Silk (14) and Steve O’Keefe fell in the same Rimmington over, the 18th.

But with only eight further runs needed to win, Sean Abbott and Trent Lawford – who hit the winning boundary – saw the side over the line, and to a second win in three.

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