Big Bash League 2018-19: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers – Report. The hosts Sydney Thunder won the 28th match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2018-19 by convincingly defeating reigning champions Adelaide Strikers by a massive margin of 71 runs. Thunder captain Shane Watson won the toss and had no hesitancy in opting to bat first.
Sydney Thunder got off to a good start with their openers Anton Devcich and Shane Watson starting the innings on a high. Devcich was the aggressor but made the mistake of going for the reverse and was plumbed in front by Rashid Khan. Callum Fergusson didn’t trouble the scorers as the right-hander was dismissed for a golden duck by the Afghanistan sensation to earn the hat-trick chance.
Shane Watson was the man of the match.
Subsequently, Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson and Jason Sangha added 77 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. Watson batted at the top of his game as he scored 68 runs from 40 balls with the help of four fours and five sixes. Furthermore, Thunder wicketkeeper-batsman Jay Lenton provided the finishing touches to the innings. Lenton scored a quickfire knock of 27 runs off only 16 balls.
On the other hand, Rashid Khan was the pick of the Strikers bowlers as he took two wickets and gave away only 21 runs in his four overs quota.
Meanwhile, the visitors Adelaide Strikers got off to a worse possible start. The tourists lost three quick wickets to find themselves on the backfoot. However, Jonathan Wells and Colin Ingram added 49 runs for the fourth wicket to keep Strikers in the hunt. However, the visitors crumbled like a house of cards after the fall of Wells wicket.
They lost their remaining seven wickets for only 22 runs to register their lowest ever total of 97 runs while playing against the Sydney Thunder. Thunder leg-spinner Arjun Nair was the pick of the bowlers. Nair made most of the match situation and scalped three wickets after conceding only 12 runs in his three overs.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 168-6, Shane Watson 68 (40), Rashid Khan 2-21.
Adelaide Strikers: 97-10, Colin Ingram 48 (30). Arjun Nair: 3-12.
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