By nine runs, Melbourne Renegades (5 for 142, Rodrigues 75) defeated Sydney Thunder (8 for 133, Mandhana 64, Webb 3-21). After losing to the Melbourne Renegades, the defending WBBL champions Sydney Thunder remain winless in five games.
Even a brilliant 64 from Indian sensation Smriti Mandhana couldn’t help the Thunder win in Launceston on Wednesday. The Thunder’s chances of catching the Renegades’ 5 for 142 were dashed when Mandhana was bowled by her international teammate Harmanpreet Kaur in the 16th over.
Thunder were certain that they wouldn’t panic following their loss to the. Melbourne Stars on Tuesday, but with only one point – which came from a washed-out game – their title defense is officially over.
Rodrigues outperforms Mandhana: Without skipper. Rachael Haynes, who is on paternity leave and was injured during. Australia‘s recent multi-format series against India, their task was always going to be difficult. Hannah Darlington’s debut as stand-in skipper has proven to be a baptism of fire. Renegades’ title chances, however, remain bright, with Kaur and fellow Indian star Jemimah Rodrigues currently in their prime. Rodrigues’ unbroken 75 in a player of the match effort set the tone for the Renegades’ third win of the tournament.
She put up an 84-run first-inning stand with Josephine Dooley (37), putting the Thunder under early pressure in the field. Courtney Webb of the Renegades was the only player to take multiple wickets, and he attempted a hat-trick on the final ball of the game.
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