Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, BBL 2011-12, Hobart January 1, 2012

Bowlers, Shah star in Hurricanes' fourth win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hobart Hurricanes 139 for 5 beat (Shah 41*, Birt 35) Sydney Thunder 138 for 8 (Gayle 53, Naved 3-22) by five wickets
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Hobart Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row, thanks to a collective effort from their bowlers and an unbeaten 45 from Owais Shah in the chase against Sydney Thunder.

The Hurricanes bowlers, after Thunder chose to bat, bowled economical spells, three of them going for under six an over. An explosive start from Chris Gayle, who made 53 in 32 balls, smashing five sixes, and his 53-run stand with Sean Abbott threatened to take the game away from the Hurricanes. Xavier Doherty, the left-arm spinner, came in for stick, conceding 45 in his four overs. But from 114 for 2, Thunder slipped to 138 for 8. Naved-ul-Hasan picked up three wickets and was ably supported by Matt Johnston and Ben Laughlin.

The Hurricanes, in their chase, lost Phil Jacques in the first over but Jonathan Wells and Travis Birt put together a half-century stand for the second wicket. Wells was the third wicket to fall after a patient 29, but Shah and Tom Triffitt added 38 for the fourth wicket. Despite the loss of a couple of quick wickets, Shah kept the charge on from one end, making an unbeaten 41 in 32 balls and steering Hurricanes to victory by five wickets.

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  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    According to me they should really consider Rana Navedul Hassan in limited overs ans for the upcoming twenty twenty world cup he is defintely a big asset in the team with his variations definitely for sure.

  • Aidan on January 2, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Gayle is a lone ranger in the Hurricanes batting line up. Pity he has not had the same passion for his country.

  • Girik on January 1, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    So true @philbert. They really need Warner too so they can become a two-man team leading up to the finals. But with 9 or 10 nobodies, they don't deserve to win the comp.

  • Garry on January 1, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Apologies Dan Christian, you're in there too!

  • Garry on January 1, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Still early days in the BBL but some pretty good performances, probably revise this after the series but my Aussie T20 squad for this summer might be; Warner, Marsh, Finch, Birt, D Hussey, M Marsh, Wade, Doherty (c), Lee, Laughlin, Richardson. White's currently the skipper but in awful nick at the moment (has the rest of the series to get some form under his belt, he's good enough to bounce back). Might be a good format to bring Watson & Cummins back as well (Hodge is still good enough to play in the top side too). Hauritz would be worth bringing in to this side if O'Keefe still is injured. So Watson, Hauritz & Cummins round out the 14 man squad subject to fitness. Important to give more international exposure to more of our cricketers particularly with the T20 WC this September. With it going to be in Sri Lanka, might shape the squad to be good players of spin. Can Ferguson conjure up some form also?

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Ben Laughlin has been absolutely brilliant for the Hurricanes as well - would have to be extremely close to getting another run for Australia.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Pakistan should really consider Rana Naveed for the limited overs leg of the England series. He's a proven performer in the shorter form of the game and his skills could prove crucial. His performance in the Big Bash League has been remarkable- you can't argue with 11 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 9.81!

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Pakistan should really consider Naved-ul-Hasan for the limited overs leg of the England series in the UAE. He is in great form right now and the variety he brings could prove very important. You can't argue with 11 wickets in 4 matches at 9.81 an over!

  • Mick on January 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Tassie seems to recruit almost "unknowns" in all forms of the game and turns them into solid contributors. Says alot about their coaches, recruiters and giving a bloke a go. Best cricketing culture in Australia.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Pakistani rocks. We love you.

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