Brad HodgeMELBOURNE – Brad Hodge and skipper Andrew McDonald guided Melbourne Renegades to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sydney Sixers at Etihad Stadium last night.

The result means both teams have two wins and two losses from their opening four games in the Big Bash League.

Chasing the Sixers’ total of 6-161, the Renegades made 2-164 from 17.4 overs.

The home side had struggled to 2-65 after 10 overs in its run chase.

However, Hodge (72 not out from 51 balls) and McDonald (60 not out from 37 deliveries) started to take some risks and these paid off as they shared an unbeaten 124-run partnership for the third wicket.

Man-of-the-match McDonald hit seven sixes and no fours while Hodge blasted five fours and three sixes in a crowd-pleasing performance.

“Once we had a really good foundation, we could go for broke,” McDonald said of the hitting spree.

McDonald hit leg-spinner Steve Smith for three sixes in the 16th over to leave the Renegades in a comfortable position in the final four overs.

Sixers pace bowler Josh Hazlewood took 1-19 off two overs before leaving the field for treatment on a foot problem.

Moises Henriques had top-scored for the Sixers with 41 off 30 deliveries.

A crowd of only 10,818 attended the game, which began with the temperature hovering around 38 degrees.

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