SYDNEY: Sydney Sixers defeated Sydney Thunder by 30 runs in a rain-affected 20th match of the ongoing edition of Big Bash League (BBL), on Sunday.
Set to chase 172 runs in 16 overs by D\L method. The Thunder, bundled out for 142 in the second last over. The side were off to a poor start; losing their first wicket for just six runs, Matthew Gikes dismissed after scoring a run-a-ball six.
Alex Hales and Jason Sangha, then posted an important partnership; adding 33 runs to the team’s total. The pair appeared to be solid before Hales departed after scoring 14 off just six balls, he smashed two sixes. Jason Sangha, on the other hand, was the lone warrior for the Thunder. He scored a fighting 47 off 30 balls, laced with six boundaries and a six.
Following Sangha’s dismissal at a combined score of 93, the Thunder then collapsed from 93/3 to 142 all-out.
For the Sixers, Hayden Kerr starred; taking three wickets, while Lloyd Pope, Saun Abbott, and Ben Dwarshuis each claimed two wickets. Mickey Edwards, on the other hand, managed to struck out a batter.
Batting first, the Sixers had an average start to their innings; losing their first wicket for 24 runs. Josh Philippe was the batter, who dismissed after scoring 13. However, James Vince and Daniel Hughes then recorded an important partnership of 38-runs. Vince departed after scoring 31 off 29 balls, including five boundaries.
Hughes, on the other hand, kept going and went on to score a brilliant half-century. He scored 50 off 26 balls, laced with a boundary and five sixes. Later in the innings, Dan Christian’s astonishing cameo of 41 off just 17 balls, helped the Sixers post a commendable total of 168/4 in the allotted 16 overs. Christian smoked four boundaries and two sixes.
For the Thunder, Daniel Sams bagged two wickets, while Saqib Mahmood and Chris Green each struck out a batter.
Following this victory, the Sixers have now claimed the second position on the points table. Whereas, the Thunder are standing at the third.