Cricket: Former Blackcaps batters Martin Guptill, Colin Munro among runs, but mixed fortunes in Aussie Big Bash

Discarded Blackcaps Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have shown glimpses of their batting ability in the latest round of the Australian Big Bash competition - but only one has helped his team to victory.

After struggling through his first three appearances for Melbourne Renegades, including a four-ball duck on debut, Guptill has begun to find his range in the T20 league, clubbing 36 runs off 19 balls to open the innings against Hobart Hurricanes.

Colin Munro in action against Perth Scorchers
Colin Munro in action against Perth Scorchers. Photo credit: Getty Images

Chasing only 163 runs for victory, he dominated strike early, stroking five fours and a six to give his side the perfect start to their pursuit, before he was caught behind square leg, off the bowling of Riley Meredith.

When fellow opener Marcus Harris was run out, Renegades were suddenly precariously placed a 39/2 after four overs, but with 89 runs off 48 balls - including seven sixes - Sam Harper guided them to the brink of victory, which they duly achieved with more than three overs remaining.  

Guptill's effort follows another of 32 runs off 27 balls in their previous win over Melbourne Stars.

Munro was even more belligerent, smoking 45 runs off 26 balls, with three sixes, at the top of the Brisbane Heat order against Perth Scorchers. He and Josh Brown set their team a solid platform, averaging 10 runs an over through the first eight, but the Heat scoring rate fell away after their departure.

Brisbane managed 171/9 in their 20 overs, but Cameron Bancroft and Aaron Hardie compiled 111 runs for the second wicket, as the tabletopping Scorchers needed less than 17 overs to reach their target.