first_imgBrief scores – Melbourne Renegades (145/5) beat Melbourne Stars (132/7) by 13 runs to clinch maiden title. Dunk (57), Tremain (2/21), Boyce (2/30). As it happenedMelbourne Renegades made a superb comeback in the Big Bash league T20 final to stun Melbourne Stars by 13 runs and lift their maiden title on Sunday.The Melbourne derby was heading towards being a one-sided affair after the Renegades were restricted to 145 at the Docklands stadium but Aaron Finch’s side staged a superb fight back in the match as the Stars collapsed from 93 for no loss to 112 for 7 and were eventually restricted to 132 in 20 overs.The Stars were cruising at the half-way stage in their innings but the collapse started soon after as Cameron Boyce castled opener Marcus Stoinis for 39.The Stars lost 7 wickets for just 19 runs in the space of 5 overs to hand the match on a platter to the Renegades.”Very special to win in front of our home fans. They have supported us through thick and thin. I didn’t do much to be honest, but Dan Christian and the rest of the boys did amazingly well. To do it in a final, in particular, was really special.”You can defend anything in this ground. We stuck to our basics and strengths really well in the second half and I’m happy we pulled it off. Thanks to all the fans, the players, the families. To the Stars, commiserations. It was an amazing game for a final,” Finch said at the post-match presentation.Champs! #BBL08 Big Bash League (@BBL) February 17, 2019Stars captain Glenn Maxwell on the other hand, was dejected with the loss but put up a brave face and praised his players nonetheless for their performances throughout the tournament.”We played some great cricket this tournament. To fall short in the end is disappointing. It was great of our supporters to turn up. Thank you for that. Congratulations to the Renegades – you guys have been amazing.”Can’t ask more of my guys, it’s been a great journey for the boys and the fans. Hopefully we can go one better next time around,” Maxwell said.The Duke and the heir to the throne. #GETONRED #BBL08 Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) February 17, 2019It was the 80-run partnership for the sixth-wicket between Daniel Christian and Tom Cooper which saved the Renegades’ innings after they were reduced to 65 for 5 in just 10.2 overs.Christian and Cooper joined forces to take the team to a respectable total by scoring 43 and 38 not out respectively.2010: Hampshire2011: South Australia2013: Brisbane Heat2017: Notts Outlaws2017: Trinbago Knight Riders2018: Jozi Stars2019: Melbourne RenegadesDan Christian. Winner #BBLFinal (@cricketcomau) February 17, 2019The Renegades bowlers then brought about the Stars’ collapse after Marcus Stoinis and Ben Dunk put on 92 runs for the first wicket.Dunk top-scored with 57 while Stoinis made 39 while Adam Zampa contributed with an unbeaten 17 in the end. None of the other six batsmen could score in double digits which led to their downfall in the end.Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian and Chris Tremain bagged 2 wickets each while Harry Gurney got one.Also Read | BBL Final: Melbourne Renegades win first title with thrilling win over Melbourne Starslast_img read more