The Melbourne Renegades are 3-80 from 11 overs in reply to the Adelaide Strikers’ 7-142 at Marvel Stadium, with Matthew Critchley (32) and Aaron Finch (29) at the crease.
Martin Guptill smashed one towering six, but was caught by Adam Hose in the deep off Matt Short for 8 in the first over.
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Sam Harper looked to be caught behind for a duck next ball, but on the batsman’s review the decision was reversed.
The Renegades were then given a free hit, after the Strikers had one too many fielders on the leg side as the first over went for 13 runs.
“This is absolute chaos,” Glenn Maxwell said on Fox Cricket.
Shaun Marsh was out for a second ball duck, caught by Ryan Gibson off Wes Agar.
Aaron Finch in his 100th game was nearly bowled, but the ball failed to dislodge the stumps.
The Strikers were gthen unsuccessful with a review for lbw, with Finch surviving another scare in a frantic first two overs.
Peter Siddle trapped Sam Harper lbw for 1 after a failed review from the Renegades to have the hosts reeling at 3-16.
The Strikers made 7-142 from 20 overs after being sent in by the Renegades at Marvel Stadium, with Alex Carey (65) the only batter to get past 20.
Matt Short was out caught and bowled for a third ball duck, giving Tom Rogers his 21st wicket of BBL12 in a horror start for the Strikers.
The Strikers’ 1-15 from their first four overs was the lowest ever power surge from an Adelaide side.
Travis Head had 21 dot balls in his 19 off 32, before he was caught on the rope by Will Sutherland off Fawad Ahmed.
Adam Hose smashed a towering six, but was caught by Sutherland off Corey Rocchiccioli next ball for 11 off seven balls.
Colin de Grandhomme came and went for 8 caught by Jono Wells to give Ahmed his second scalp.
Ryan Gibson could only manage 7, before he became Ahmed’s third victim, caught by Tom Rogers.
Ahmed finished with figures of 3-17 from four overs with 18 dot balls in the spell of the innings for the Renegades.
Alex Carey held the innings together with 65 from 47 balls, including nine fours and a six, before he was caught on the rope by Wells off Kane Richardson.
Cameron Boyce was run out for 1 by Wells to have the Strikers in trouble at 7-118 in a contentious decision with bowler Kane Richardson appearing to dislodge the bails first with his hands.
Harry Nielsen (18) and Wes Agar (5) were unbeaten at the end to push the target to 142 for victory for the Renegades.
The Melbourne Renegades host the Adelaide Strikers in a crucial clash at Marvel Stadium.
The Renegades won the bat flip and will bowl first.
The fourth placed Renegades are on 12 points and can cement a finals berth with a victory, while the six placed Strikers are on 10 points and need to win and let other results go their way to qualify.
The Renegades are coming off a narrow loss to the Scorchers, while Strikers were dominated by Perth in their last start.
Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh will be crucial with the bat for the Renegades, while Kane Richardson and Tom Rogers have been in good form with the ball.
For the Strikers, Travis Head and Matt Short will lead the charge at the top of the order, while Peter Siddle and Wes Agar are the danger men with the ball.
It sets the scene for a must win clash for both sides in their final game of the regular season.
Renegades XI: Renegades XI: Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Matt Critchley, Jon Wells, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Corey Rocchiccioli, Kane Richardson, Fawad Ahmed
Strikers XI: Strikers XI: Travis Head (c), Matt Short, Alex Carey (wk), Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Harry Nielsen, Cameron Boyce, Wes Agar, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle
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