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Victoria edge past Blues in thriller
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo starred with bat and ball as the Victorian Bushrangers won a last-over thriller against the New South Wales Blues at the MCG.
Bravo picked up three wickets and plundered 18 off eight balls to help the Bushrangers to a dramatic six-wicket win in front of packed house.
Chasing 179, thanks to solid opening stand between Blues’ David Warner (40) and Phil Jacques (33), Bushrangers openers Brad Hodge and Matthew Wade started well with a quick first wicket stand of 69.
The pair gave the innings the much needed thrust but their stand was broken by fast bowler Aaron Bird, when he removed Wade for 41 in the seventh over.
With Hodge still at the crease, captain Cameron White tried to steady the innings but perished to a brilliant catch by Dwayne Smith at long on off the bowling of leg-spinner Steven Smith.

The two smiths, Steven and Dwayne kept up the pressure when the latter snapped up an increasingly dangerous David Hussey in the 18th over.
It’s all about numbers

Hussey, who was looking to hit a six, struck the ball hard but Steven plucked a blinder out of thin air at the boundary to hand Dwayne his only wicket.
The Bushrangers looked in a tight position with 22 required off 12 balls and that was when Bravo came to the party.

The flamboyant Caribbean struck Bird for 11 runs in the next over and three from Andrew McDonald at the other end took the match to the last over with eight run still required.

Dwayne Smith came on to bowl the last over but his West Indian mate heaved a huge six into the stands to level the score and nudged the next ball to the leg side and ran with a fist pumped in the air to celebrate a sensational victory.
The Bushrangers did not have everything going their way as the Blues started off well with openers Warner and Jacques scoring at over 11 an over.
However, Bravo, who had a quiet start to the KFC Twenty20 BigBash announced his arrival, picking up Warner, Usman Khawaja (13) and Blues skipper Moises Henriques (21) to round up a brilliant spell.
Top Performer: Dwayne Bravo

Regular Blues opener Philip Hughes, who had to rush to Sydney to stand by for Simon Katich was sorely missed after Phil Jacques, promoted to the top and Khawaja, in to replace Hughes, flopped.
Hussey chipped in with his off-spinners to see off Jacques and Dominic Thornely.

At 128 for five, the Blues looked out of steam but late fireworks from Steven Smith (35) and Dwayne Smith (25) helped them reach a respectable total.
Fast bowler Dirk Nannes at a bad time in the middle as his four overs went for 46 runs without a wicket.

The six wicket win against the defending champions has propelled the Bushrangers to the top of the table.
 
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