Big Bash League 2018-19: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars - Report

Big Bash League 2018-19: Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars – Report

BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, Match Report

Sydney Thunder won the third match of the ongoing BBL by 15 runs against Melbourne Stars. Stars captain Glenn Maxwell won the toss and opted to bowl first. The opening partnership of Jos Buttler and Shane Watson added 39 runs. However, Adam Zampa continued his good form as the leg-spinner castled Jos Buttler stumps. Furthermore, Sandeep Lamichanne made an impressive start to his BBL career.

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The Nepalese leg-spinner took the big wicket of Shane Watson and Callum Ferguson in his first over. However, England Test captain Joe Root didn’t have an ideal debut in the Big Bash League. Root could only make 18 runs before he was sent back by Adam Zampa.

Shane Watson. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Sangha cleared the ropes with ease.

However, Jason Sangha who was also making his BBL debut impressed with his pyrotechnics. The strongly built batsman scored 63 runs from just 36 balls. The right-hander scored four fours and as many sixes in his blistering knock. In fact, the right-hander became the youngest batsman to score a BBL fifty. Thus, it was a fine knock from the prodigy batsman.

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Furthermore, Daniel Sams provided the finishing touches for the Sydney Thunder as he scored a quickfire knock of 34 runs from 21 balls. He smashed one four and two sixes in his fine knock. Sams also came up with a fine bowling effort as he scalped three wickets.

BBL 2018-19, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, Match Report

Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

However, the rain intervened as soon as the Melbourne Stars started their chase. Thus, the target was revised as Stars had to chase 90 runs in just eight overs.

Although, Stars run-chase never got on the right path as they kept losing the wickets at regular intervals. Their top five batsmen could only add 33 runs. More importantly, they took five overs to score these runs. Thus, Stars were left with a steep task of getting 57 runs from the remaining three overs.

Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder: 181-5, Jason Sangha 63 (36), Daniel Sams 34 (21).

Melbourne Stars: 74-6, Nick Larkin: 28 (13), Daniel Sams: 3-5.

Sydney Thunder won by 15 runs.