Sydney Sixers managed to sneak home against their local rivals Sydney Thunder by 16 runs in spite of Aiden Blizzard’s blitzkrieg knock of 80 off 42 that entertained the 33,000 odd crowd at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney. With this win, Sixers have won all the three matches they played this reason and are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Chasing 181 to win in 20 overs, Thunder got off to a start which they wouldn’t have expected as they lost their hero from the first match Jacques Kallis for three in the fourth over of the day. Skipper Mike Hussey too followed Kallis soon after skiing a Brett Lee delivery straight to the hands of Nic Maddinson at deep square leg. Andrew McDonald and Eoin Morgan too failed to get going as the Thunder’s required run-rate mounted.
It was when Aiden Blizzard and Daniel Hughes joined together as the duo played out of their skins to take their side home. Blizzard, in particular smashed the Sixers’ bowlers to all parts of the ground and threatened to take the game away from them. Hughes was giving him a good company in the middle and was dismissed in the last ball of the innings. Blizzard’s heroics which included 6 fours and 4 sixes could not take the Thunder home as they fell short by 16 runs. Sean Abbott was the pick of the Sixers bowlers with a spell of 2-28 in his four overs.
Earlier put into bat, Sydney Sixers managed to score 180 courtesy Rikki Wessels fifty. Gurinder Sandhu was the pick among the Thunder bowlers with figures of 2-28 in his four overs. Blizzard was named the man of the match.
Brief Scores: Sydney Sixers 180-7 (Rikki Wessels 50, Michael Lumb 27, Ryan Carters 23, Gurinder Sandhu 2-28) beat Sydney Thunder 164-5 (Aiden Blizzard 80*, Daniel Hughes 29, Sean Abbott 2-28) by 16 runs.