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It's only the fourth day in ongoing Big Bash League and there's already been plenty of action on display. In a recently concluded encounter, Perth Scorchers registered their second loss, this time to Sydney Sixers, in a see-saw battle as Sydney Sixers clinched their first win of the tournament. The win has placed the Sixers in the top half of the table alongside Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, and Sydney Thunder. They'll be up against Sydney Thunder in their upcoming encounter which is to be played on 24th December at Spotless Stadium, Sydney.
In a match that appeared to be getting washed out due to incessant downpour, the Thunder will be happy to go home with two points in their kitty. After having scored 181 in the allotted twenty overs, the rain interrupted and the revised target for Stars happened to be 90 which just eight overs in hand.
The experienced batting duo of Jos Buttler and Shane Watson got Thunder off to a steady start, but spinners wrecked Thunder's innings with Buttler, Watson, and Ferguson departing within space of eighteen runs. New recruit Joe Root contributed with 18 runs which included one boundary. However, the Thunder were reduced to 99 for 4 with a little over 7 overs to go.
It was just about then that Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams stitched together a brilliant partnership of 77 off 41 delivers as Sydney Sixers finished with 181 runs on the board - about 20 runs more to where they appeared to be heading after Joe Root was dismissed.
With 90 runs required to win in eight overs, the Stars had no other option but to go all guns blazing and in a quest of going all guns blazing, they lost wickets in heap. After his 34-run cameo with the bat, Daniel Sams was Thunder's highlight with the ball as he picked 3 for 5 in his two overs. He was adjudged man of the match for his all-around performance.
Jos Buttler, SR Watson, Callum Ferguson, JE Root, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Christopher Green, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed, Sam Rainbird.
Sydney Sixers, too, started off their campaign in style as they clung on to a win in a see-saw battle against the Scorchers. Excellent batting performance by Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes took them to a competitive total before Steven O'Keefe rocked Scorchers by picking up three wickets in his first couple of overs.
While the Sixers were terrific in the powerplay and at the death, they'd have plenty to think on how to go about in the middle overs. Their bowlers looked clueless in the middle-overs when Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Turner switched to counter-attacking mode. The Sixers clawed it back towards the death overs with some excellent bowling coupled with terrific ground fielding. They dismissed Turner, Agar, Cartwright, and Coulter-Nile in the space of 38 runs towards the end as they restricted Sixers to just 147.
Earlier with the bat, the Sixers struggled to get going in the powerplay - they looked lost with just 39 for three down after six overs. However, it was just about then that Daniel Hughes and Jordan Silk started to settle down. Daniel Hughes was dismissed in the final over of the innings with Sixers at 154 and having four balls to spare. A couple of lusty blows from Silk towards the end propelled them to 164 which eventually proved to be more than enough.
Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Steve O'Keefe, Sean Abbott, B Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope.
With both teams sitting pretty in the top half of the table and only net run rate separating them, the importance of this match cannot be overstated. Big Bash League is a long tournament and team can always bounce back from bad games, but every point is important. The winner here will solidify their position in the top half of the table. The Thunder have an excellent mixture of youth and experience and bat deep which is a crucial thing to have in T20s. We expect the Thunder to prevail in the upcoming fixture between the two sides.
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