BBL 2018-19: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Report
In the overall 55th match of the ongoing eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL 2018-19) of Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, hosts registered a convincing four-wicket win on Saturday (February 9) at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Owing to the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method, the hosts finally overhauled the target in 18.2 overs with four balls to spare. Chris Green and Pat Cummins walked out unbeaten as Callum Ferguson was the last man to go at the score of 153 in 17 overs.
Green faced 28 balls for his unbeaten 34, whereas, Cummins took eight balls for 10* runs.
Thunder was solely relying on good opening start, but Riley Meredith got better of Shane Watson at the score of 23. While adding 37 runs for the second wicket alongside Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja 36 (21) was deceived by Qais Ahmad. Also, Short went on to pick the wickets of Anton Devcich (4) and Daniel Sams 7 (7), before Qais bowled wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Gilkes on nought.
Earlier, Hurricanes batted first as the hosts post 165 for four in 19 overs.
The rain interruption in the fifth over of the first innings has forced the officials to reduce match to 19 overs per side.
Wade, who used six bowlers saw Cummins and Green among wickets. Pat conceded 28 runs for his two wickets. At the other end, Green bowled three overs–to give away 20 runs for a solitary wicket of Caleb Jewell.
However, as Fawad Ahmed dropped as many as two easy catches in the first couple of overs, however, Thunder claimed the first wicket on the final delivery of third over. It came in the form of D’Arcy Short when Cummins disturbed his stumps at Hurricanes’ score of 24.
Besides, the top-order batsman Jewell couldn’t do much. He scored run a ball seven before handing a simple catch to Watson on the bowling of Green.
On the other side, skipper and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade scored 29-ball 45. His innings was comprised of three fours and two sixes.
Moreover, George Bailey was the top-scorer for Hurricanes with 35-ball 53.
Also, Ben McDermott remained unbeaten on 44 off 36 deliveries.
Even though a loss, Hurricanes tops the BBL 2018-19 points table with 20 points in 14 games. On the other hand, Thunder is fifth on the chart with 13 points in as many games.
BBL 2018-19: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes – Brief Score
Hobart Hurricanes: George Bailey 53(35), Matthew Wade 45 (29) – Pat Cummins 2 for 28, Chris Green 1 for 20
Sydney Thunder: Callum Ferguson 47 (34), Usman Khawaja 36 (21) – 2 for 22, D’Arcy Short 2 for 27
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