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Sydney Thunder emerged out victorious in the Sydney Derby at Big Bash League. (BBL 2018-19). Jos Buttler and the bowling department of Thunder made the efforts of Tom Curran went in vain in the afternoon game at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Jos Buttler knocks it for Sydney Thunder:
Buttler carried his glorious form at the opening slot in a T20 competition. He struck it beautifully for Sydney Thunder this time to make things happen. Alongside Buttler, Callum Ferguson and Daniel Sams are the other two players with considerable scores.
Initially, it was Sydney Sixers, who won the toss and chose to chase the score. They got Shane Watson quickly and bowled tight lines to put Thunder on the backfoot. However, Buttler was smart in picking his gaps.
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Joe Root once again failed to knock runs while Jason Sangha couldn’t repeat his show. However, the late whacks from Daniel Sams helped Sydney Thunder to manage a decent 169-run total on the board.
Fawad Ahmed brilliance masks Tom Curran Heroics:
In reply, Sydney Sixers have got a nightmare of the start. They lost their top 6 batsmen for just 56 runs on the board to make things look bleak on the paper. It was not only hurting their chase but also their Net run rate.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 24, 2018
Then came the brilliance of Tom Curran, who was quite exceptional in dealing with Sydney Thunders bowling attack. He whacked the ball to all corners of the park to make things interesting for Sixers.
However, it wasn’t quite enough, as the run rate was quite high and there were no shoulders, which helped him. He walked back with a brilliant 62 to his name. For Thunder, Fawad Ahmed and Daniel Sams are the stars, who picked 3 wickets each. Jos Buttler collected the Man of the Match Trophy.
Sydney Thunder – 169/9 (Jos Buttler 63; Tom Curran 3/24, O’Keefe 2/27)
Sydney Sixers – 148/9 (Tom Curran 62; Daniel Sams 3/30, Fawad Ahmed 3/33)