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Pattinson ripped through the Hurricanes’ batting line-up with four wickets
Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch scored a magnificent half-century and pace bowler James Pattinson nabbed four wickets to help the Melbourne Renegades cruise past the Hobart Hurricanes by 51 runs at the Bellerive Oval.
Finch won the toss and chose to bat first.
Finch’s decision to do so paid off as he and Michael Hill put together a 93-run partnership, during which he brought up his half-century before being caught behind off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.
Finch’s 50 runs came off 31 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.
Just four balls later, Hill was run out for 40 off 29 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.
England import Jos Buttler made a quickfire 20 before he was brilliantly caught by Ben Hilfenhaus at long-on off the bowling of Xavier Doherty.
The Renegades ended up finishing on 162/8 off their 20 overs thanks to Ben Rohrer’s 12 runs and Tom Cooper’s 17.
Laughlin was the pick of the bowlers for the Hurricanes as he snapped up three wickets, while Doug Bollinger took two and Doherty and Shoaib Malik chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 163 to win, the Hurricanes got off to an awful start their top three batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 10 runs on the board.
Jonathan Wells managed to make 17 runs before being caught by Hill at midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Rimmington.
Travis Birt smashed 21 runs before being caught by Aaron O’Brien off the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan.
The only other player to make a decent score was wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who cracked 31 off 28 balls, which included two boundaries, before he was caught by Buttler to become Muralitharan’s second victim of the match.
The Hurricanes were eventually put out of their misery when they were bowled out for a dismal 111.
Pattinson was the most successful bowler for the Renegades with four wickets, while Rimmington and Muralitharan picked up two wickets apiece and Matthew Gale chipped in with one.