By: Chinmay Vaidya
Dan Christian didn't panic.
With his side needing 33 runs in 14 balls, Christian put up an incredible sequence in the 19th over of a chase. He hit two massive sixes as part of an 18-run over to give the Melbourne Renegades the boost they needed to advance to the 2019 Big Bash League final. With the Stars advancing a day earlier, it'll be an all-Melbourne affair for the championship.
Kane Richardson, who also played a crucial hand in the win, picked up two boundaries in the final over to finish off the game. Richardson has had a strong month as a bowler, leading the league in wicket count with 24. He's not exactly a juggernaut with the bat, but carries a 116.52 strike rate in T20 matches.
The Renegades chased down 180 put up by the Sydney Sixers. Josh Philippe and Daniel Hughes put together a strong start for Sydney, but the Sixers were unable to get much going after their dismissals. Moises Henriques had 28 at effectively a run a ball, leaving Sydney potentially 10-15 runs short of a truly competitive school.
Aaron Finch got back in form, even though his 44 came from 41 balls. It's been a rough year of the Australian opener who has been tasked with keeping the run scoring going with David Warner and Steven Smith out. Finch's strong BBL semifinal performance bodes well not only for his chances to perform in the 2019 World Cup.
The Renegades will now meet the Stars for an all-Melbourne clash. With a city of fans divided, both franchises will be looking for their first Big Bash League championship.