Following a promising start by Josh Philippe and Steve Smith, propelling Sydney Sixers to a 58-run partnership in just 5.1 overs, Melbourne Renegades fought back by claiming consecutive wickets. Despite efforts to stabilize the innings by Smith and Moises Henriques, both, along with Tom Curran, fell in a span of eight balls, leaving the hosts struggling at 135/5 in 16.2 overs.
However, a quick-paced contribution from Jordan Smith and Jack Edwards ensured New South Wales’ team finished at a competitive total of 175. In response, Melbourne faced a setback with three of their top four dismissed for single-digit scores, as Dwarshuis and Jackson Bird wreaked havoc on the top order.
Amidst the pressure, Fraser-McGurk stood firm. While his 24-ball 48 was notable, it was a particular shot that invoked memories of the past. On the final ball of the seventh over, Fraser-McGurk, batting at 33 off 16, continued his aggressive approach by attacking Edwards’ full delivery.
Clearing his leg, he launched the ball over cow-corner. The resounding sound of the bat and the trajectory of the shot hinted at something extraordinary. As the ball landed, it soared into the Members’ stand and bounced out of the park.
Twitter erupted in excitement, drawing parallels to the legendary shot played by Joel Garner against the Australians during the 1986-87 season.