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WBBL: Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues shine for Melbourne Renegades; Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma Off-Color For Sydney Thunder


WBBL: Melbourne Renegades beat Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets on Saturday.© Twitter

India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur kept her nerves under pressure while opening batsman Jemimah Rodrigues scored an invaluable 33 when Melbourne Renegades beat host Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets in a women’s match in the Big Bash League (WBBL) on Saturday. Jaag 122, Rodrigues and captain Sophie Molineaux (16 of 16) shared 22 runs for the opening seat before the latter left. Rodrigues, whose ball was bounced off 34 balls, with two boundaries and a sixth, then struck out 68 runs for the second wicket with Courtney Webb (31), before three quick wickets made the chase for Renegades a bit difficult.

With increasing pressure following the loss of quick wickets, the responsibility on the experienced Harmanpreet (24 not out of 19) was to keep the innings together and get Renegades over the finish line. The Indian completed the task with four balls in hand and with some support from George Wareham (5 not out) on the other side.

Earlier, Renegades’ twins from Molineux (2/12) and Wareham (3/13) applied the brakes before taking out Hurricanes for 121. Harmanpreet also entered her name on the wicket list and took the wicket of compatriot Richa Ghosh, who played a 14-ball with 21 runs.

Meanwhile, in the second game of the day, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma did not live up to their reputation as the Sydney Thunder lost by 30 runs to the Adelaide Strikers.

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Adelaide Strikers rode in the batsman on captain Tahlia McGrath’s 42 and Madeline Penna’s 35 to score a competitive 140 for seven. Deepti Sharma was expensive with the ball and gave up 32 runs from her four overs while conceding one wicket. While chasing, Indian duo Mandhana (4) and Deepti (4) could not sparkle with the bat, while Sydney Thunders were bowled out for 110.

Both matches were played behind closed doors under strict bio-security protocols after the state of Tasmania ended up in a three-day closure on Friday after a Covid scare.

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