Hosts Hobart Hurricanes defeated Sydney Thunder by a margin of 7 wickets to take the top position on the BBL 08 points table from the latter team! The high-run chase at the Bellerive Oval was nicely set up by the two hard hitting openers D’Arcy Short (58 off 39) and Matthew Wade (85 off 49). The experienced George Bailey (23* off 10) duly finished the task with an unbeaten cameo at the end!
Courtesy a poor fielding effort from Hurricanes, visitors Sydney Thunder got to a massive total batting first. Opener Jos Buttler once again was their top scorer with 89 runs off just 54 deliveries! And a little help from Chris Green’s unbeaten 14-ball 20* helped them to get to 193 for 6 in 20 overs.
Matthew Wade for his explosive knock at the top during a high run chase was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’. With 3 wins in 3 games, Hobart are at the top of the points table while Sydney Thunder are now down to the third position with 2 wins in 3 games.
Numbers from this game:
- 65/1 – Team score of Sydney Thunder at the end of the power play. This is the highest power play total any team has scored in the ongoing season of BBL thus far.
- 120 – Number of runs added by Hobart Hurricanes openers Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short for the first wicket. This is the highest opening wicket partnership for any pair in the ongoing season so far.
- 85 – Score of Matthew Wade in this game. He took just 49 deliveries to get to this figure. This is the highest score for him in this shortest format of the game.
Hobart Hurricanes – 196/3 in 19.1 overs (Matthew Wade – 85, D’Arcy Short – 58, Sam Rainbird – 2/25) beat Sydney Thunder – 193/6 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler – 89, Chris Green – 26, Clive Rose – 2/30, James Faulkner – 2/34) by 7 wickets.
Hobart Hurricanes will play their next game against Perth Scorchers on Sunday (Dec 30) at Aurora Stadium, Launceston while Sydney Thunder will play Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval on Monday (Dec 31).
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