Sydney Thunder has fallen to the Melbourne Renegades by 12 runs at Spotless Stadium.
A polished bowling performance got the visitors home. The Renegades successfully defended 9/152, restricting Thunder to just 5/140.
Both Jason Sangha (54 not out) and Callum Ferguson (52) made half-centuries for the Thunder.
After Thunder won the bat flip and elected to bowl first, they started well claiming 2-12 within the first 13 deliveries. Two sixes from Renegades captain Aaron Finch in the 10th over, including one massive strike out of the ground, gave the innings momentum for the visitors.
Finch brought up his fifty with his fourth six of the night and finished with 54 from 38 balls.
The Thunder fought back late in the innings. It claimed 5-13 within the final three overs including the dangerous Cameron White (40 from 29). Seamers Daniel Sams (3-29) and Gurinder Sandhu (3-23) were both impressive in their four overs.
The Renegades landed a heavy blow in the fourth over when it removed the in-form Watson for just 1. The skipper had made 168 from his last two visits to the crease.
Callum Ferguson and Jason Sangha kept the scoreboard ticking over to keep the run chase alive. The pair added 64 for the third wicket.
Ferguson brought up his half-century with a cut behind point for four and reached the mark from 33 deliveries.
The dismissal of Ferguson for 52 from 36, to a wonderful catch by Dan Christian on the boundary, meant Sangha needed to take the lead.
He made an unbeaten half-century and, finished 54 not out from 49, but it was the Renegades who took the points largely thanks to English seamer Harry Gurney (2-27).
Thunder named one change to the side that played Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Thursday night. Jason Sangha returned from the Cricket Australia XI and replaced leg-spinner Jonathan Cook.
The Renegades made two changes to the side that lost to the Stars in the Melbourne derby on Saturday night. Eighteen-year-old Mackenzie Harvey returned to the side for Marcus Harris, who was named in the Australian Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka and, paceman Chris Tremain came in to the team for allrounder Jack Wildermuth.
Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Jay Lenton (wk), Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Gurdiner Sandhu, Jason Sangha.
Melbourne Renegades: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Harry Gurney, Sam Harper (wk), Mackenzie Harvey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Chris Tremain, Cameron White.
THE TURNING POINT
When Callum Ferguson departed in the thirteenth over, it broke the valuable partnership with Sangha and the Thunder struggled to develop a similar stand to pick up the required rate.
THE FINAL OVER
Thunder needed 23 from the final over to win the match. Harry Gurney restricted the Thunder to two singles and a pair of twos from the first four balls which sealed the match. Sangha hit a four from the second last ball but the final delivery was a dot.
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Gurinder Sandhu was one of Thunder's best tonight. He claimed 3-23 including the key wickets of Aaron Finch and Sam Harper.
Thunder head west to take on the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium on Thursday 24 January. Sydney-based supporters will be able to watch the match live on 7 and Fox Cricket from 9:40pm AEDT.
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