Hobart Hurricanes yet again showed their dominance in the home ground. They chased down the huge tally that was set by Sydney Thunder with the help of Jos Buttler. However, it was Mathew Wade and the collective middle-order batting heroics sealed the deal for the home side to continue their successful run in the Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19 season).
Jos Buttler scores 89:
Earlier, it was Hobart Hurricanes, who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Jos Buttler started the things in a flashy mode by finding the fence more often than not. He dismantled Hobart bowling lineup with his impressive strokes.
During the course, Shane Watson failed to show his mark while Callum Ferguson also followed Watson quickly. Though none of the batsmen stood tall in the middle, it was Jos Buttler, who carried the innings on his shoulders.
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At one stage, it was expected that Sydney Thunder was about to score anything around 220+ but unfortunately, their middle-order failed collectively. If not Chris Green’s heroics at the end, it would have been even below-par total after the stunning start.
All they managed was to put 193 runs on the board. Faulkner and Clive Rose picked a couple of wickets while Jofra Archer and Riley picked each apiece.
Mathew Wade carries his brilliant form:
In reply, Mathew Wade once again stood tall for the team. Wade, in presence of D’Arcy Short, knocked Sydney bowlers to all corners of the park. The duo added a massive 120-run partnership before Short walking back.
Then it was Ben McDormett and George Bailey, who carried the task to push Hobart to the victory. George Bailey was once again exceptional, who remained unbeaten to finish the chase with his lusty blows.
Much like Jos Buttler, Mathew Wade also failed to convert his big knock into a century. For Sydney, Rainbird was the only bowler, who picked a couple of wickets while the remaining bowlers bagged worse numbers.
Sydney Thunder – 193/6 (Jos Buttler 89, Clive Rose 2/30)
Hobart Hurricanes – 196/3 (Wade 85, D Short 58, Rainbird 2/25)