Matt Renshaw has left cricket fans in a frenzy after an incredible ramp shot for four to win the Brisbane Heat's BBL clash with the Melbourne Stars on the final ball. Chasing 160 for victory on Monday night, the Heat needed nine runs from the final over.
They still needed four off the final ball of the innings when Renshaw produced a stunning ramp shot over fine leg that trickled to the boundary and only just evaded the Stars fielders. Renshaw finished on 90 not out from just 56 balls.
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"I tried to hit the absolute living daylights out of the first five and that didn't work, so Matty Kuhnemann, the left-arm orthodox (bowler), came down and told me to ramp it," Renshaw said. "It's his go-to shot and fortunately it paid off. I knew I got it pretty well and fortunately it just rolled over that rope."
Fox Sports commentator Mark Howard said: “A piece of brilliance from Matt Renshaw, he’s cooked but he does the job for the Brisbane Heat in a classic at the MCG. Adam Gilchrist added: “He’d just got caught trying to over-hit it in the final over, he could feel the game slipping away.
"He’d been in control and in the driver’s seat of this run chase throughout his innings but he’d just lost his shape. But to his credit – and this is the maturity he’s found in his life, in his cricket – to take a few deep breaths and have a game plan. And he executed it to perfection. Well played Matthew Renshaw, you’ve just kept your franchise alive in BBL12.”
Renshaw was given two lifelines in his unbeaten knock, firstly dropped on 47 by Clint Hinchliffe in the deep. He also avoided being run out on 63 when Adam Zampa couldn't gather Nathan Coulter-Nile's off-target throw.
"You reflect on that stuff and we probably could've killed the game there, but those things happen," Stars batter Nick Larkin said. "Guys are trying their arses off out there and unfortunately sometimes catches don't stick and run-outs don't hit the stumps. It was probably great cricket to watch (at the end) but it was heartbreaking to be involved in."
Matt Renshaw's heroics in Brisbane Heat victory
Renshaw combined with Jimmy Peirson (22 from 18 balls) in a 66-run knock that set up the Heat victory. The batter, who was recently recalled to the Aussie Test side after five years, hit six fours and four sixes in his innings.
The Heat's win could prove crucial in BBL 12, moving them to within one win of the Adelaide Strikers in fourth place. It improved the Heat's overall record to 4-6-1, while the Stars (3-9) are out of the finals mix in last spot on the ladder.
It also came despite Test stars Usman Khawaja (14) and Marnus Labuschagne (six) failing with the bat. Michael Neser took 4-25 for the Heat and was outstanding during the powerplay and power surge. He snared 3-11 in three overs with fielding restrictions in place.
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