Destructive Gayle fires Renegades to five-wicket win


Chris Gayle was at his destructive best on Monday as Melbourne Renegades picked up their second win of the Big Bash League campaign against Hobart Hurricanes.

The West Indies opener struck 41 off just 15 deliveries for the Renegades as they comfortably reached their 141-run target with 36 balls to spare, completing a five-wicket win.

Gayle sent the ball flying to all parts of the ground in his quick-fire cameo at the top of the order, Shaun Tait (0-38) feeling the brunt of his attack with two huge sixes in successive balls in the third over.

Melbourne's charge to victory came after Hobart stuttered through their 20 overs, the hosts grateful to all-rounder Dan Christian (58) for another explosive display.

He was ably supported by opener Ben Dunk (37) early on, but Christian was the aggressor as his quick feet and unorthodox shot selection produced three sixes and four boundaries.

Jonathan Wells' unbeaten 26 added more late impetus for the Hurricanes, but they could only reach 140-5 as the Renegades kept it tight and took regular wickets to stem the flow of runs.

Any hope the Hurricanes had of doing the same were quickly dashed as Gayle and Aaron Finch set about their bowling attack, the former producing an array of sensational big hits that easily cleared the ropes.

Not to be outdone Finch was also able to find the boundary on at will, the captain smashing 11 fours on his way to 60 before being caught in the deep by Wells.

With both men out the Renegades only needed 22 more to win, and Cameron White (15 not out) took them to their target in the 14th over with a four through the covers.