AUSTRALIA: Jason Sangha’s unbeaten half-century helps Sydney Thunder defeats Adelaide Strikers by 22 runs to retain their no.4 position at the Big Bash League points table whereas Adelaide Strikers are at the 7th position in the points table. This was Adelaide Strikers 5th consecutive loss. In this match after winning the toss, Sydney Thunder opted to bat first.
Sydney Thunder had a good start in the mandatory powerplay. Sydney Thunder’s opening pair Matthew Gilkes and Ben Cutting added 37 runs for the opening wicket. Fawad Ahmed took the wicket of Matthew Gilkes to break the opening partnership and Sydney Thunder was 43/1 after 4.3 overs.
Jason Sangha joined Ben Cutting after the fall of the first wicket. They both stitched up a 25 runs partnership before Peter Siddle removed Ben Cutting who scored 37 runs off 32 deliveries which included 3 fours and 2 sixes. Sydney Thunder’s score was 62/2 after 9.3 overs.
Sam Billings joined Jason Sangha in the middle after the fall of the 2nd wicket. Sam Billings played a short cameo knock of 18 runs off 11 deliveries which included 1 four and 1 six and Sydney Thunder was 98/3 after 13.2 overs.
Jason Sangha brought up his 4th T20 half-century
After the fall of Sam Billings, it was all about the ‘Jason Sangha Show’. Sangha scored an unbeaten 91 runs off just 55 deliveries which included 6 fours and 6 breathtaking sixes and he took Sydney Thunder to a solid total of 187/3 after 20 overs. Jason Sangha was well supported by Oliver Davies who scored 26 runs off just 12 deliveries which included 1 four and 2 sixes.
For Adelaide Strikers, Daniel Worrall, Peter Siddle, and Fawad Ahmed took 1 wicket each.
Jake Weatherald and Matthew Short were opening for the Adelaide Strikers. Matthew Short had a short stay at the crease but he scored 16 runs off 12 deliveries before getting out LBW off a delivery bowled by Saqib Mahmood. Adelaide Strikers were 23/1 after the fall of Matthew Short.
After the wicket of Matthew Short, Matt Renshaw came out to bat. Jake Weatherald and Matt Renshaw stitched up a 68 runs partnership. Jake Weatherald scored 31 runs off 29 deliveries which included 2 fours whereas Matt Renshaw scored 38 runs off 26 deliveries which included 5 fours.
Adelaide Strikers were in a strong position when Matt Renshaw and Jake Weatherald were at the crease but they got out in quick successions and Adelaide Strikers were 96/3 after 11.3 overs.
Jonathan Wells and Thomas Kelly came out to bat after the fall of 3 wickets. Jonathan Wells was looking good but the Strikers were losing quick wickets from the other end and after 15.3 overs Adelaide Strikers were 119/5.
Jonathan Wells Innings goes in vain
Jonathan Wells stitched up a 42 runs partnership with Harry Nielsen to keep the game alive for the Adelaide Strikers. Jonathan Wells scored 46 runs off 26 deliveries which included 5 fours and 1 six. He got out on the last over when 28 runs were needed in 6 deliveries. Adelaide Strikers finished at 165/7 in their 20 overs and Sydney Thunder won the match by 22 runs.
For Sydney Thunder, Daniel Sams took 4 wickets, Saqib Mahmood took 2 wickets and Jason Sangha took 1 wicket.