The ongoing 10th edition of the Big Bash League has certainly lived up to the expectations. Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers were by far the two best teams in Australian franchise cricket. Thunder are the table-toppers while the Sixers are second on the points table.
Thunder secured 23 points with 6 wins and 3 defeats from 9 games. On the other hand, Sixers won 5 games and lost 3 in 8 fixtures as they gained 21 points. Sixers have a great chance to go on top of the points table if they seal a win in the next match.
The 34th match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder had its moments. Sydney Thunder captain Callum Ferguson won the toss and elected to bowl first. Scorchers who are fifth in the points table took the match very seriously and dominated the proceedings.
They posted a colossal total of 185 for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted quota of 20 overs. New Zealand international Colin Munro was the pick of the batsmen as he scored a terrific half-century with the help of 3 sixes and a four.
Scorchers’ captain Ashton Turner added some value to the scorecard as he chipped in with 31 off 13 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Brendan Doggett was the pick of the bowlers for Sydney Thunder as he accounted for 4 dismissals.
Doggett got rid of Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Josh Inglish, and Mitchell Marsh. The likes of Ben Cutting and McAndrew took a wicket apiece. Thunder was tasked to chase the target with an asking rate of more than 9 runs an over.
Hilarious run out which left Jason Roy & Co in stitches
Sydney Thunder provided a blistering start to the game in the form of Usman Khawaja. Khawaja scored a quickfire 26 off 12 balls with the help of 4 fours and a six before he was dismissed by Richardson.
Behrendorff provided the team quick breakthrough by getting rid of Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson. After being reduced to 45/3, Alex Ross came out to bat. Unfortunately, he got out for a duck without even facing a delivery.
Ross was dismissed in a hilarious fashion during the last ball of the 6th over. Ross was way out of the crease as Behrendorff collected the ball and threw it towards Josh Inglis.
The wicket-keeper initially didn’t get hold of the ball properly as it deflected and went up in the air. After sensing that the ball was near his touching distance, he quickly pushed the ball to the stumps and it ended up hitting the bails.
Sam Billings went about his business and scored a stellar 83 off 48 including 8 fours and 4 sixes. But his good innings went in vain as he was clean bowled by Andrew Tye. Thunder was bowled out for 168.
Jhye Richardson – Man of the Match
Richardson was adjudged the player of the match for his significant contribution to the game. The right-arm fast bowler took 4 wickets. Besides his bowling masterclass, he scored 20 off just 8 balls with the help of 2 fours and a six.