Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi had a successful outing in his BBL 07 debut for Melbourne Renegades as his team recorded a comprehensive win over Hobart Hurricanes in their opening match of the tournament.
Having sent the Hurricanes in to bat first, the Renegades restricted the hosts to 164/8 in their 20 overs, before Marcus Harris and Cameron White controlled the chase, putting on 113 for the 2nd wicket, with White remaining unbeaten and steering his team to victory in the end with 9 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand.
Nabi took 1/25 from his four overs, claiming the scalp of Hurricanes skipper George Bailey who was stumped by Ludeman for 25 after skipping down the wicket. He also picked up a outfield catch of the bowling of Bravo, who picked up a 5-for and became the first ever bowler to pick 400 wickets in T20 matches. Nabi (6.25 runs per over) was also the most economical bowler for Renegades for the night ahead of Bravo (7 runs per over) as all the other bowlers gave more than 8 runs per over.
Hobart Hurricanes 164/8 in 20 overs (D’Arcy Short 34, Ben McDermott 34, Alex Doolan 26, George Bailey 25, Dwayne Bravo 5/28, Mohammad Nabi 1/25) Lost to Melbourne Renegades 165/3 in 18.3 overs (Cameron White 79 n.o, Marcus Harris 50, Brad Hodge 22 n.o, Jofra Archer 2/17) by 7 wickets