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Gayle, Finch set to trade T20 blows in BBL
Rob Forsaith
18:12 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

Sydney Thunder batsman Cameron Borgas knows better than most how effortlessly Chris Gayle can dismantle a bowling attack.

It's almost a year to the day when Borgas, then plying his trade with the Adelaide Strikers, was caught in the middle of a Gayle rampage.

Gayle crunched 11 sixes - the most in a single Twenty20 innings on Australian soil - in his unbeaten 100 against Adelaide that lifted the Thunder to a six-wicket Big Bash League (BBL) win.

Borgas, whose part-time offspin was dispatched for three consecutive Gayle sixes, remembers the brutal 54-ball innings well.

"It can be a bit of a helpless sort of feeling when he's on," said Borgas, who is now happy to call Gayle a teammate.

"You try a few different tactics, and then they don't work and it doesn't seem to matter where you set the field at times - he's still putting them 10 rows back.

"It's a frustrating time when you're in the opposition, you don't really know what to do next."

The flamboyant Jamaican, who has arrived from Bangladesh after finishing limited-overs commitments with the West Indies, will look to deliver more fireworks in Friday night's BBL clash when he takes on the Melbourne Renegades at ANZ Stadium.

The fixture looms as a head-to-head slugfest between two of the most potent T20 batsmen in the world, Gayle and Aaron Finch.

Borgas believed the addition of Gayle's presence alone would boost the Thunder after they slumped to a seven-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers last week.

"It's going to give everyone a big lift," he said.

"To get the best player in the world in your side, I'm sure everyone's going to stand a little bit taller - regardless of whether he makes runs or not."

The hard-hitting Gayle scored 252 runs during the inaugural BBL season - almost a third of the Thunder's tally of 814.

Borgas said his side can't afford to rely on him so much.

"It's important you spread the load in these contests, you need five or six blokes having really good nights to have a win generally."

Finch did his best to disprove that theory in the BBL season opener when he clubbed a match-winning 111 not out against the Melbourne Stars.

Renegades wicketkeeper Peter Nevill wanted his teammates to ease the burden on their in-form skipper.

"It was a great win the other night and a great innings by Aaron Finch, but I think we'll be looking forward to a much more even contribution this time," Nevill said.

Gayle replaces Martin Guptill in the Thunder side, while Azhar Mahmood and Mark Cosgrove have also been called up.

Sydney Thunder 13-man squad: Chris Rogers (capt), Chris Gayle, Usman Khawaja, Mark Cosgrove, Cameron Borgas, Ryan Carters, Sean Abbott, Azhar Mahmood, Luke Doran, Dirk Nannes, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Adam Zampa (one to be omitted, 12th man to be named)

Melbourne Renegades 13-man squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Daniel Harris, Marlon Samuels, Ben Rohrer, Peter Nevill, Tom Cooper, Will Sheridan, Aaron O'Brien, Nathan Rimmington, Michael Hill, Darren Pattinson, Muttiah Muralitharan, Brendan Drew (one to be omitted, 12th man to be named)


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