Aaron Finch destroys chair after suffering unfortunate run out

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Melbourne Stars have had a real turn of fortunes.

"The atmosphere out here is incredible now - unbelieveable", Harper said. "I thought when we got (Ben) Dunk caught and we had two new batters in we had a chance".

"The boys just executed well under pressure".

After some tight bowling to restrict the Renegades, the Stars signalled their intentions early with left-hander Dunk smacking a boundary off the first ball of the innings from Kane Richardson.

Melbourne Stars batsman Marcus Stoinis showed his frustration after being bowled by Cameron Boyce on Sunday. However, after the return of the global stars, they have picked up once again and somehow found a place in the semi-final after winning seven of their 14 league matches.

Stars" captain Glenn Maxwell lamented: "I am really proud, we've played some great cricket this tournament and to fall just short at the end is really disappointing'.

"But it was a bit of a weird one with this team. we scrapped really well all year". Congratulations to Renegades, we've had some great tussles.

Legspinner Adam Zampa went for 11 runs in his first over, but recovered to post 2-21 from his four overs.

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Veteran Cameron White joined Aaron Finch and they took 11 off spinner Adam Zampa's first over before the Renegades skipper was out in freakish fashion for 13 just as he was hitting his stride.

The run out of Aaron Finch was the big wicket with a glance of Bird's boot ricocheting onto the stumps.

The Stars were in the box seat when they restricted the Renegades to 5-145 from 20 of their overs after winning the toss, but Glenn Maxwell (1), Peter Handscomb (0) and Dwayne Bravo (3) were all part of the horror collapse.

On the last ball of the sixth over, Cameron White hit the ball hard and it went straight towards bowler Jackson Bird.

When White went soon after for 12, lbw to Zampa, they were in big trouble, managing just 65 runs by the halfway mark.

But Tom Cooper (43 runs from 35 balls) and Christian (38 from 30) steadied the ship with an unbeaten 80-run partnership from 58 balls for a competitive total.

Batting down the order, Christian made 254 runs and took 15 wickets after he was lured from the Hobart Hurricanes at the end of last season.

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