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WBBL: Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemima Rodrigues Shine for Melbourne Renegades; Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma off-colour for Sydney Thunder

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WBBL: Melbourne Renegades beat Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets on Saturday.© Twitter

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur played an invaluable 33-run knock by opener Jemima Rodrigues to beat the hosts Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets in a Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) match on Saturday. Chasing 122, Rodrigues and captain Sophie Molyneux (16 off 16) put on a 22-run stand for the opening stand before the latter departed. Rodrigues, whose innings came off 34 balls and hit two fours and a six, then put on a 68 for the second wicket with Courtney Webb (31) before three quick wickets made the chase a bit difficult for the Renegades Gave.

With the pressure building up after the loss of early wickets, the experienced Harmanpreet (24 not out on 19) had the responsibility of putting the innings together and bringing the Renegades to the finishing line. The Indian got the job done with four balls in hand and little support from George Wareham (5 not out) at the other end.

Earlier, the Renegades’ spin twins Molineux (2/12) and Wareham (3/13) applied the brakes before the Hurricanes were bowled out for 121. Harmanpreet also registered her name in the list of wicket takers taking the wicket of compatriot Richa Ghosh. , who played a cameo of 21 runs in 14 balls.

Meanwhile, in the second match of the day, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma could not live up to their reputation as Sydney Thunder suffered a 30-run defeat against Adelaide Strikers.

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Sent in to bat, the Adelaide Strikers scored 140 for seven with the help of captain Tahlia McGrath’s 42 and Madeline Penna’s 35. Deepti Sharma came out expensive with the ball, conceding 32 runs in her four overs for a wicket. Chasing, the Indian pair of Mandhana (4) and Deepti (4) failed to shine with the bat as Sydney Thunder were bowled out for 110.

Both matches were played behind closed doors under strict bio-security protocols in the state of Tasmania on Friday after a three-day lockdown over the Covid scare.

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