New Year’s Eve bash – Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide Strikers in a nail-biting contest at Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground. BBL 9 Match 17 Results – UT Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, and Rashid Khan stars at the New Year’s Eve thrilling game. Sydney Thunders became the very first team to beat Strikers in the short history of KFC Big Bash League T20 on New Year’s Eve game. Previously Strikers won every single game they played against all opponents and recorded their first ever defeat on New Year’s night.
Sydney Thunders won the toss and elected to bat first the batting surface of Adelaide Cricket Ground. Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson played great innings with each half-century raised Thunder score to 168/5 in their limited-overs game. In the first inning, Peter Siddle picked up two crucial wickets for Adelaide Strikers, including Alex Rose and Daniel Sams. During the chase of total competitive, Striker lost three wickets in the powerplay, but Rashid Khan’s late fireworks pull off things. Adelaide Oval Ground witnessed a thriller sealed the last ball; Thunder defeated Strikes by the thinnest of margins.
Khawaja repeated the Shane Watson’s BBL final masters innings as he scored only two runs after consuming eleven deliveries for non. He fired up after consuming 12 balls and smashed five-fours and a single maximum. Usman set at the platform with the partnership of Callum Ferguson (skipper of Thunder) and returned with a more calculated approach to bring his form back. However, he dismissed after scoring 63 runs off 50 balls with his six boundaries and single maximum.
Adelaide Strikers vs. Sydney Thunders Squads
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes, Ian Ross. Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook
Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Short, Alex Carey, Jonathan Wells, Rashid Khan. Cameron White, Cameron Valente, Peter Siddle, Wes Agar, Billy Stanlake
BBL 9 Match 17 Results – 1st Innings
Sydney Thunder won the toss and elected to bat first on New Year’s Eve bash. Usman Khawaja opened his account after consuming 11 deliveries and then followed the Shane Watson’s BBL 8 final playbook. Alex Hales scored only four runs off five balls and bowled out by Billy Stanlake. Usman Khawaja, after playing eleven dot balls he showed his batting class by hitting 22 runs off the next ten balls. Thunder lost single wicket during the powerplay while Khawaja and Ferguson scored 72 runs in their second-wicket partnership.
Only three batsmen got into double figures such as Khawaja, Ferguson, and Clive Rose. Adelaide Strikers utilized six bowlers in their bowling innings, of which three successfully got essential breakthroughs. Rashid Khan bowled the most expensive bowling spell with conceding 44 runs and taking a single wicket. Peter Siddle got two wickets in his third and overall 19th over of the game. Billy Stanlake bowled out Alex Hales in the power play of the game.
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Usman Khawaja 63 (50), Alex Hales 4 (5), Callum Ferguson 73 (46), Alex Ross 19 (15). Chris Morris 2 (2), Daniel Sams 0 (2), Chris Green 2 (2)
Didn’t Bat: Matthew Gilkes, Arjun Nair, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook
Matt Short 2-0-11, Billy Stanlake 4-1-27, Peter Siddle 4-2-30, Wes Agar 3-0-33, Rashid Khan 4-1-44, Chris Valente 3-0-23
BBL 9 Match 17 Results – 2nd Innings
While chasing down the competitive total, Strikers seems keen to follow the same fashion Thunders showed in their first innings. Phil Salt went for a duck after consuming six balls with his half pull shot caught within the 30 yards circle. Rashid Khan came to bat when Strikers required 53 runs off 24 balls, his explosive innings of 40 runs off 18 balls with four boundaries, and three maximums got closer to the total. Rashid launched his counterattack in chasing down the total in the 19th over and scored 19 runs and brought to seemingly decided chase.
In the descent chase of 169 runs total – Strikers lost the first wicket in the second over of the game. Phil Salt went for a duck after playing six dot balls, and Matt Short lost his wicket in the 3rd over. Alex Carey played on 11 shots and tried to cover up things to achieve the required run rate. He lost his wicket in the powerplay after scoring 19 runs off 11 balls with two boundaries and a single maximum.
Jake Weatherald holds the innings firmly alongside Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells. Chris Morris brought two significant breakthroughs by taking wickets of two set batsmen on crease Alex Carey and Jona Wells. Strikers lost two wickets in the 16th over of the game pursuing the increasing required run rate. Rashid Khan came to bat at number seven for Strikers, and his fireworks in 19th over with 19 runs pushed Strikers closer to the total.
Rashid Khan played an outstanding inning of 40 runs for 18 balls with four boundaries and three maximums. Strikers at the time were looking very confident in achieving the total when 28 fields required at 12 shots. Rashid Khan got 19 runs off six balls, but next over, he got run-out in completing the double. Chirs Morris held the nerves in very last over when Strikers were required to score just nine runs off six balls but fell short with three runs and lost the game.
Phil Salt 0 (6), Jake Weatherald 52 (37), Matt Short 6 (15), Alex Carey 19 (11), Jonathan Wells 26 (22), Rashid Khan 40 (18). Cameron White 5 (8), Cameron Valente 5 (6), Peter Siddle 4 (8), Wes Agar 0 (1)
Didn’t Bat: Billy Stanlake
Chris Green 4-0-27, Daniel Sams 4-2-32, Jonathan Cook 2-1-26, Nathan McAndrew 3-0-21, Chris Morris 4-2-37, Arjun Nair 3-19-2
Big Bash 9 Standings: Sydney Thunder 2 Points, Adelaide Strikers 0 Points