Steve Smith contributed to the push to secure his T20 World Cup spot with a half-century for the Sydney Sixers in a close eight-run BBL triumph over the Melbourne Renegades at the SCG. Despite the Renegades needing 22 runs from the final over for victory, Ben Dwarshuis (3-36) of the Sixers confidently took charge. Sutherland kept the game in the balance but ultimately it was out of the Renegades’ grasp with one ball remaining. The Renegades have not beaten the Sixers in four years, and the latter finished on 6-175 in response to the Renegades’ 7-167. Smith, who was included in last summer’s team of the tournament, was pleased to have had a chance to play for the Sixers again before the Perth Test begins next week. Smith scored 61 of the 6-175 after the Sixers lost 2-2 from Sutherland’s bowling. Zampa dismissed Smith and Curran in back-to-back deliveries. Lyon did not play the game in order to prepare for the Perth Test, and Smith is hoping to play for the Sixers again once more this summer.

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