THE Sydney Sixers have held off the Melbourne Renegades to win their Big Bash League clash by two runs at Etihad Stadium.
New recruit Dwayne Bravo top-scored for the Renegades with 38 runs off 30 balls but when the West Indies ace was caught out, the chase looked too difficult for the home side.
The Renegades needed 17 runs off the final over, but tight bowling from Sixers star Brett Lee saw his side home.
Earlier, Moises Henriques scored a stylish 55, including seven fours and one six, off 39 deliveries as the Sixers posted 6-151.
The big right-hander shared 46-run partnerships with Michael Lumb (18) and Steve Smith (25) after opener Nic Maddinson (three) was stumped off Aaron O’Brien’s bowling in the second over.
Stars skipper Smith was caught and bowled by O’Brien (2-41) in the 13th over in a key breakthrough but Henriques was powering on strongly at the other end, reaching his half-century off 36 deliveries in the following over.
Peter Nevill produced his second smart stumping of the innings to remove Henriques for 55 as Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan struck at 4-109.
Muralitharan claimed 1-23 and was most unlucky to have a leg-before appeal against Jordan Silk turned down in his fourth over.
Silk played a ball from Dwayne Bravo on to his stumps in the 19th over but the bails didn’t dislodge, much to the West Indies’ allrounder’s dismay.
Bravo (1-23) got his man though, bowling Silk for 10 three balls later. Dan Smith was lbw to Nathan Rimmington (2-35) for a golden duck two balls into the final over but Marcus North remained unbeaten on 30 off 21 balls in a handy contribution.
Bravo, who has been recruited for a two-game stint, appeared to roll his ankle when chasing a ball to long on in the third over and briefly left the field for treatment.
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