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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Christian goes from hospital bed to BBL hero


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Dan Christian has gone from a hospital bed to defeating the reigning Big Bash League champions in the matter of a few hours.

Christian, who was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning, joined Mohammad Nabi to put on an undefeated 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket to lead the Renegades to a five-wicket win.

Chasing 174, Christian (49 off 27) and Nabi (48 off 30) came together in the 12th over with the team teetering at 5/82 before turning the tide thanks to a spectacular stand.

After being put in to bat by the Renegades, the reigning champions suffered the worst possible start with danger man Alex Carey run out in a wild mix-up between he and opening partner Jake Weatherald.

Dan CHristian Mohammad Nabi

However, despite the early setback, the Strikers continued to tick over the scoreboard through the likes of Weatherald (32) and Colin Ingram (21) before both perished in quick succession.

Matthew Short and Jonathan Wells came to the crease together and proceeded to put together a dominant 104-run stand, with Short especially lethal with five sixes in his 41-ball 65.

By the time the pair were dismissed in the final over of the innings, the damage was done, and the Strikers reached a competitive score of 5/174.

In response, perhaps sensing the imminent danger of Rashid Khan, the Renegades got off to a flying start.

Rashid Khan

Despite losing opener Tim Ludeman for eight in the third over, Sam Harper and veteran batsman Cameron White put on a quick-fire 50 runs for the second wicket.

However, Rashid was introduced to stem the flow of runs and his impact was immediate.

The 19-year-old Afghan spinner has made a living dismissing batsmen with his lethal wrong-un, and he trapped Harper in front for 28 before getting White just five deliveries later for 32.

Rashid's wickets open the floodgates for the Strikers in a horror period of play which saw the Renegades lose an incredible 4/11 in the space of 18 deliveries, as Kelvin Smith (3) and captain Tom Cooper (0) fell in quick succession.

Dan Christian

With the game looking dead, Rashid's Afghan teammate Mohammad Nabi stepped to the crease and immediately showed his wily experience, lofting the young spinner over his head for a six.

Christian and Nabi put on an incredible counter-attack to bring the Renegades back into the game as Ingram turned to Rashid once more in the hope of a breakthrough.

Conscious not to lose a wicket to the Strikers star, the Renegades scored just two runs off Rashid's final over, giving him the impressive figures of 2/13 off his four overs.

After seeing off Rashid, Christian took a liking towards Billy Stanlake in the penultimate over, taking 20 off the fast bowler's over.

By the time Ben Laughlin stood at the top of his mark the game was effectively over, and Nabi finished off the proceedings with a boundary off the first ball of the 20th over to give the side its second consecutive win.

Dan Christian has gone from a hospital bed to defeating the reigning Big Bash League champions in the matter of a few hours.

Christian, who was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning, joined Mohammad Nabi to put on an undefeated 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket to lead the Renegades to a five-wicket win.

Chasing 174, Christian (49 off 27) and Nabi (48 off 30) came together in the 12th over with the team teetering at 5/82 before turning the tide thanks to a spectacular stand.

After being put in to bat by the Renegades, the reigning champions suffered the worst possible start with danger man Alex Carey run out in a wild mix-up between he and opening partner Jake Weatherald.

Dan CHristian Mohammad Nabi

However, despite the early setback, the Strikers continued to tick over the scoreboard through the likes of Weatherald (32) and Colin Ingram (21) before both perished in quick succession.

Matthew Short and Jonathan Wells came to the crease together and proceeded to put together a dominant 104-run stand, with Short especially lethal with five sixes in his 41-ball 65.

By the time the pair were dismissed in the final over of the innings, the damage was done, and the Strikers reached a competitive score of 5/174.

In response, perhaps sensing the imminent danger of Rashid Khan, the Renegades got off to a flying start.

Rashid Khan

Despite losing opener Tim Ludeman for eight in the third over, Sam Harper and veteran batsman Cameron White put on a quick-fire 50 runs for the second wicket.

However, Rashid was introduced to stem the flow of runs and his impact was immediate.

The 19-year-old Afghan spinner has made a living dismissing batsmen with his lethal wrong-un, and he trapped Harper in front for 28 before getting White just five deliveries later for 32.

Rashid's wickets open the floodgates for the Strikers in a horror period of play which saw the Renegades lose an incredible 4/11 in the space of 18 deliveries, as Kelvin Smith (3) and captain Tom Cooper (0) fell in quick succession.

Dan Christian

With the game looking dead, Rashid's Afghan teammate Mohammad Nabi stepped to the crease and immediately showed his wily experience, lofting the young spinner over his head for a six.

Christian and Nabi put on an incredible counter-attack to bring the Renegades back into the game as Ingram turned to Rashid once more in the hope of a breakthrough.

Conscious not to lose a wicket to the Strikers star, the Renegades scored just two runs off Rashid's final over, giving him the impressive figures of 2/13 off his four overs.

After seeing off Rashid, Christian took a liking towards Billy Stanlake in the penultimate over, taking 20 off the fast bowler's over.

By the time Ben Laughlin stood at the top of his mark the game was effectively over, and Nabi finished off the proceedings with a boundary off the first ball of the 20th over to give the side its second consecutive win.

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