Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

0.1

Faulkner to Warner, 1 wide, short ball on the leg stump line to begin the over and it's called a wide

0.1

Faulkner to Warner, no run, good length ball on the off stump. Warner defends

0.2

Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, on the leg stump. Warner turns it to mid-on for a single

Gayle on strike now

0.3

Faulkner to Gayle, no run, short ball on the off stump line. He has to get the hands in front of the face to prevent what happened to McCullum yesterday and he cops it on the finger

0.4

Faulkner to Gayle, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Gayle comes down the track and drives it past mid-off for a boundary

Gayle seems to be in pain from that rap on the gloves off the third ball

0.5

Faulkner to Gayle, no run, outside off and left alone by Gayle. He is wincing now

The crowd is roaring as Faulkner is running into bowl

0.6

Faulkner to Gayle, OUT, and the roar gets higher as Faulkner deceives Gayle with a slower ball. He comes down the track and looks to loft it away. He is beaten by the slower ball. He looks to defend it but the ball is past the bottom edge. He looks back to see the stumps shattered and the fielders are ecstatic

CH Gayle b Faulkner 4 (5m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sydney Thunder 6/1 (148 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.78)
     JP Faulkner    1-0-6-1
DA Warner    1* (2b)     

1.1

Dernbach to Warner, 2 runs, comes forward and drives it to long-on for a couple

1.2

Dernbach to Warner, FOUR, fuller ball on the middle stump. Warner plays, what looks like a chipped drive over mid-on for a boundary

Dernbach gives some lip service to Warner

1.3

Dernbach to Warner, FOUR, and he doesn't quite walk the talk as he bowls a full-toss on the off stump. Warner whips it away to deep midwicket boundary and Dernbach is under pressure, three balls into the over

1.4

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, pushes it to cover and sets off for a quick single

1.5

Dernbach to Khawaja, no run, defends it to point

1.6

Dernbach to Khawaja, no run, comes forward and defends it to the bowler

End of over 2 (11 runs) Sydney Thunder 17/1 (137 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.61)
UT Khawaja    0* (2b)      JW Dernbach    1-0-11-0
DA Warner    12* (6b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-6-1

2.1

Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, good length ball outside the off stump. Warner looks to square drive and gets an outside edge to third-man for a single

2.2

Faulkner to Khawaja, 2 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump. Khawaja whips it to deep midwicket for a couple

2.3

Faulkner to Khawaja, no run, the bounce ans pace does him in as he comes onto the frontfoot but the bounce isn't something that he was prepared for as he is hit in the abdomen region

2.4

Faulkner to Khawaja, 1 run, shovels it to off side for a single

2.5

Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, turns it to fine-leg for a single

2.6

Faulkner to Khawaja, no run, fuller ball and slower outside the off stump. Khawaja square-drives to deep point for a single

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sydney Thunder 22/1 (132 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 7.76)
UT Khawaja    3* (6b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-11-1
DA Warner    14* (8b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-11-0

McKay replaces Dernbach

3.1

McKay to Warner, no run, fuller ball on the middle stump. Warner comes down the track and drives it to long-on

McKay pulls off his run at the last moment

3.2

McKay to Warner, 3 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner slices it over cover for three runs

Warne is on the mic and reckons that the ball is zipping off the surface

3.3

McKay to Khawaja, OUT, good length ball outside the off stump and Khwaja is coming down the track as the ball was bowled. He chases the ball and gets a faint outside edge back to the keeper. More joy for the crowd at the G. They are raising up some noise in there

UT Khawaja c †Wade b McKay 3 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

3.4

McKay to Smith, no run

3.5

McKay to Smith, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Smith defends

3.6

McKay to Smith, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Smith comes forward and drives it to point

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sydney Thunder 25/2 (129 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 8.06)
DLR Smith    0* (3b)      CJ McKay    1-0-3-1
DA Warner    17* (10b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-11-1

Dernbach comes back into the attack

4.1

Dernbach to Warner, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Warner moves across a touch and cuts it to point

4.2

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, slower ball on the off stump. Warner lofts it to mid-on. Wright gets his hands on the ball but doesn't cup them as the ball slips out and it can be a costly miss

4.3

Dernbach to Smith, no run, outside the off stump and short in length. Smith looks to weave out of the way but doesn't get the bat down as it flies one-drop to the keeper off the top edge

4.4

Dernbach to Smith, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Smith lofts it high over mid-on for a boundary and has some choicest of words to say to Dernbach

4.5

Dernbach to Smith, no run, comes forward and defends

4.6

Dernbach to Smith, 1 run, good length ball on the off stump. Smith pushes it to the leg side for a single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sydney Thunder 31/2 (123 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 8.20)
DLR Smith    5* (7b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-17-0
DA Warner    18* (12b 2x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-3-1

5.1

McKay to Smith, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Smith spots it and shifts the weight onto the backfoot and unfurls a gorgeous cut shot. He had his feet off the ground as he played it

5.2

McKay to Smith, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

5.3

McKay to Smith, no run, pushes it to cover off the backfoot and no single yet

5.4

McKay to Smith, no run, fuller and slower outside the off stump. Smith looks to cut it and is beaten

5.5

McKay to Smith, no run, if he looked majestic playing the cut shot he is looking ugly playing these ungainly shots as he comes down the track in an attempt to cut it away and is beaten by the bounce

5.6

McKay to Smith, 1 run, on the middle stump. Smith turns it behind square for a single

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sydney Thunder 36/2 (118 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.42)
DLR Smith    10* (13b 2x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-8-1
DA Warner    18* (12b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-17-0

Luke Wright comes into the attack now

6.1

Wright to Smith, 1 run, slower ball outside the off stump. Smith comes down the track and drives it to long-off for a single

6.2

Wright to Warner, no run, short ball on the off stump. Warner makes room and cuts it. There is a roar again as the ball is fielded at cover. The fielder was Shane Warne

6.3

Wright to Warner, 1 run, short and pulls it to deep square-leg for a single

6.4

Wright to Smith, 2 runs, outside the off stump. Smith opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third-man for a couple

6.5

Wright to Smith, no run, short ball and Smith cuts it to point

6.6

Wright to Smith, 1 run, good length ball outside the off stump. Smith runs it down to third-man for a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sydney Thunder 41/2 (113 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 8.69)
DLR Smith    14* (17b 2x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-5-0
DA Warner    19* (14b 2x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-8-1

David Hussey into the attack now

7.1

Hussey to Smith, no run, fuller on the middle stump. Smith pushes it to midwicket

7.2

Hussey to Smith, 1 run, drives it to mid-off for a single

7.3

Hussey to Warner, SIX, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner goes for the lofted shot down the ground. McKay takes the catch and is sailing over the rope but before he can relay it to the fielder running in from long-off, he putshis left foot down. That only means one thing, six runs

7.4

Hussey to Warner, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Warner smashes it back past the bowler for a bowler

7.5

Hussey to Warner, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

7.6

Hussey to Smith, 1 run, good length ball outside the off stump. Smith looks to drive and gets an inside edge to mid-on for a single

End of over 8 (13 runs) Sydney Thunder 54/2 (100 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.33)
DLR Smith    16* (20b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-13-0
DA Warner    30* (17b 3x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-5-0

There is a huge, huge roar as Shane Warne comes onto bowl after 1807 days on Australian soil

8.1

Warne to Smith, 1 run, on the middle stump. Smith turns it to fine-leg for a single

Warne to Warner, bring it on

8.2

Warne to Warner, no run, full outside the off stump. Warner looks to drive and gets and inside edge back to the bowler

8.3

Warne to Warner, 2 runs, short outside the off stump. Warner waits on the backfoot and cuts it to deep backward point for a couple

8.4

Warne to Warner, SIX, fuller outside the off stump. Warner gets the width that he wants as he frees his arms and lofts it to over long-on for a six. Round one to Warner then

8.5

Warne to Warner, no run, cuts it to short third-man

8.6

Warne to Warner, 2 runs, turns it to deep square-leg for a couple

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sydney Thunder 65/2 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.22, RRR: 8.09)
DA Warner    40* (22b 3x4 2x6)      SK Warne    1-0-11-0
DLR Smith    17* (21b 2x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-13-0

Wright comes back into the attack

9.1

Wright to Smith, no run, Short ball on the off stump. Smith stays where he is and looks to guide the ball over the keeper. The bounce is more than what he expects and he is beaten

9.2

Wright to Smith, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Smith comes forward and looks to drive it and gets an outside edge past a diving keeper for a boundary

9.3

Wright to Smith, OUT, short ball outside the off stump. Smith comes down the track and slices the short ball straight into the waiting hands of Adam Voges at sweeper cover. Warner doing the running now. Memories of Hobart, anyone

DLR Smith c Voges b Wright 21 (24m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

9.4

Wright to Warner, SIX, fuller ball on the off stump. Warner leans forward and lofts the ball over long-on for his third six of the innings

9.5

Wright to Warner, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner drives it to long-off for a single

9.6

Wright to Philipson, 1 run, on the leg stump. Philipson turns it to square-leg for a single

End of over 10 (12 runs) Sydney Thunder 77/3 (77 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 7.70)
CA Philipson    1* (1b)      LJ Wright    2-0-17-1
DA Warner    47* (24b 3x4 3x6)      SK Warne    1-0-11-0

Warne continues

10.1

Warne to Philipson, no run, outside the off stump. Philipson comes forward and defends it

10.2

Warne to Philipson, 1 run, on the leg stump. Gets the leg break going. Philipson looks to flick it and gets a leading edge that just evades Warne's grasp

10.3

Warne to Warner, SIX, fuller ball on the off stump. Warner gets the chance to free his arms again. He does it and gets his fourth six and gets to his half-century as well. Round 2 to Warner

10.4

Warne to Warner, 1 run, pushes it to cover for a single

10.5

Warne to Philipson, no run, of the inside edge onto the pads. That won't stop Warne from appealing though

10.6

Warne to Philipson, no run, comes forward and drives it to cover

End of over 11 (8 runs) Sydney Thunder 85/3 (69 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.72, RRR: 7.66)
CA Philipson    2* (5b)      SK Warne    2-0-19-0
DA Warner    54* (26b 3x4 4x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-17-1

11.1

Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, full-toss on the off stump. Warner smashes it to long-on for a single

11.2

Faulkner to Philipson, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Philipson cuts it to gully

11.3

Faulkner to Philipson, OUT, short ball on the off stump. Philipson looks to pull it and gets a top edge to Hussey at mid-on. Easy pickings for Hussey these

CA Philipson c Hussey b Faulkner 2 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

11.4

Faulkner to Dunk, no run, comes forward and defends

11.5

Faulkner to Dunk, 1 run, good length ball on the leg stump. Dunk turns it to fine-leg for a single and gets off the mark

11.6

Faulkner to Warner, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner drives it to sweeper cover and runs a couple. Thunder are in with a chance as long as Warner is at the crease

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sydney Thunder 89/4 (65 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.41, RRR: 8.12)
DA Warner    57* (28b 3x4 4x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-15-2
BR Dunk    1* (2b)      SK Warne    2-0-19-0

McKay comes back into the attack now

12.1

McKay to Dunk, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Dunk comes forward and defends it

12.2

McKay to Dunk, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump. Dunk comes forward and slices it to point for a quick single

12.3

McKay to Warner, FOUR, good length ball on the off stump. Warner backs away to go over long off. He gets a thick outside edge to the left of a diving Wade for a boundary

12.4

McKay to Warner, FOUR, short ball outside the off stump. Warner murders it as he pulls it to deep midwicket. The power in the shot is such that it bounces only once before the ropes

12.5

McKay to Warner, no run, short and slower on the middle stump. Warner looks to pull it and gets an inside edge onto the thigh

12.6

McKay to Warner, FOUR, good length ball on the middle stump. Warner flicks it and his wrists have such power in them that it is the second one bounce boundary off the over

End of over 13 (13 runs) Sydney Thunder 102/4 (52 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 7.42)
DA Warner    69* (32b 6x4 4x6)      CJ McKay    3-0-21-1
BR Dunk    2* (4b)      JP Faulkner    3-0-15-2

13.1

Dernbach to Dunk, 1 leg bye, off the outside edge to third-man for a single

13.2

Dernbach to Warner, 2 runs, drives it to long-off for a couple

13.3

Dernbach to Warner, 2 runs, slower ball outside the off stump. Warner drives it to sweeper cover for a couple

13.4

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, flicks a full-toss to deep midwicket for a single

13.5

Dernbach to Dunk, 1 run, short ball on the midlde stump. Dunk looks to pull it and gets an inside edge as Warner quickly runs across for a single

13.6

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sydney Thunder 110/4 (44 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 7.33)
DA Warner    75* (36b 6x4 4x6)      JW Dernbach    3-0-24-0
BR Dunk    3* (6b)      CJ McKay    3-0-21-1

14.1

Faulkner to Warner, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

14.2

Faulkner to Dunk, no run, comes forward and pushes it to point

14.3

Faulkner to Dunk, no run, short ball on the leg stump. Dunk looks to flick it and is hit on the thigh pad

14.4

Faulkner to Dunk, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

14.4

Faulkner to Dunk, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump. Dunk upper cuts it and the ball falls in no mans land as they run a couple

14.5

Faulkner to Dunk, 1 run, drives it to sweeper cover for a single

14.6

Faulkner to Warner, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Warner looks to cut it and is beaten

Warner was run-out off 13.5 as his feet were in the air when Wade kicked the ball onto the stumps at the batting end. None of the fielders appealed as they were busy admiring the football skills of Wade. The ball hit the stumps at the bowlers end too. They were too busy admiring the rarity. Charmed life then

End of over 15 (5 runs) Sydney Thunder 115/4 (39 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 7.80)
DA Warner    76* (38b 6x4 4x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-20-2
BR Dunk    6* (10b)      JW Dernbach    3-0-24-0

15.1

Wright to Dunk, 2 runs, pulls it to deep midwicket for a couple

15.2

Wright to Dunk, 2 runs

15.3

Wright to Dunk, 1 run, short ball again on the middle stump. Dunk pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

15.4

Wright to Warner, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

15.5

Wright to Dunk, no run

15.6

Wright to Dunk, 1 run, pushes it to the off side for a single

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sydney Thunder 122/4 (32 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.62, RRR: 8.00)
BR Dunk    12* (15b)      LJ Wright    3-0-24-1
DA Warner    77* (39b 6x4 4x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-20-2

16.1

Dernbach to Dunk, 1 run, turns it to short fine-leg for a single

16.2

Dernbach to Warner, SIX, fuller and slower on the off stump. Warner lofts it over the bowlers head for his fifth six of the innings. He has contributed more than one fourth to the tournament's sixes tally , as of now

16.3

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, drives it to point for a single

16.4

Dernbach to Dunk, 1 run, pushes it to leg side for a single

16.5

Dernbach to Warner, 2 runs, short on the off stump. Warner's bat at the moment is a magnet for the ball as he allows the ball to come on and dabs it to deep midwicket for a couple

16.6

Dernbach to Warner, 1 run, short ball. Dernbach shortens the length a touch and Warner plays the similar dab to deep midwicket, this time for a single

End of over 17 (12 runs) Sydney Thunder 134/4 (20 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 6.66)
DA Warner    87* (43b 6x4 5x6)      JW Dernbach    4-0-36-0
BR Dunk    14* (17b)      LJ Wright    3-0-24-1

17.1

Wright to Warner, 2 runs, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner comes down the track and slices it to sweeper cover for a couple

17.2

Wright to Warner, SIX, comes down the track and converts the intended yorker to a full toss and smashes it over midwicket for his sixth six of the innings

17.3

Wright to Warner, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

17.4

Wright to Dunk, no run, on the leg stump and slower in pace as he is hit on the pads

17.5

Wright to Dunk, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Dunk comes forward and drives it to long-off for a single

17.6

Wright to Warner, 1 run, short ball on the middle stump. Warner pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 18 (11 runs) Sydney Thunder 145/4 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 4.50)
DA Warner    97* (47b 6x4 6x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-35-1
BR Dunk    15* (19b)      JW Dernbach    4-0-36-0

Hussey comes back into the attack now

18.1

Hussey to Warner, 2 runs, on the leg stump. Warner turns it to deep midwicket and gets a couple

18.2

Hussey to Warner, no run, fuller ball outside the off stump. Warner drives it back to the bowler

18.3

Hussey to Warner, 2 runs, hundreds of successive innings for Warner as he pulls a full-toss to deep midwicket for a couple. The boos early in the evening have converted to cheers. He has won the crowd over then

18.4

Hussey to Warner, 1 run, drives it to long-off for a single

18.5

Hussey to Dunk, no run, comes forward and turns it to short fine-leg

18.6

Hussey to Dunk, FOUR, fuller on the leg stump. Dunk lofts it to deep midwicket for a boundary and Thunder seal two points from this game

Warner gets a hug from Gayle as he is walking back to the hut. He looks to be in menacing touch. He has all but sealed the opening spot in the Boxing day Test then. Except for Faulkner, every bowler was taken for runs by Warner. Dunk, the non-striker echoes the popular sentiment when he says "Unfortunately for Thunder, Warner, won't be available for the length of the tournament"

A feedbacker weirdly named Fedexrafa asks if it was three T20 hundreds on the trot for Warner. He seems to have forgotten the ducks in the two match series in South Africa

Warner, predictably, has been awarded the Man of the match. That's it from all of us here. Please do join us for the Adelaide Strikers V Melbourne Renegades game tomorrow

End of over 19 (9 runs) Sydney Thunder 154/4 (RR: 8.10)
BR Dunk    19* (21b 1x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-22-0
DA Warner    102* (51b 6x4 6x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-35-1
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Dec 17, 2011

Shane Warne tries to field off his own bowling, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, Melbourne, December 17 2011

Shane Warne tries to field off his own bowling

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Dec 17, 2011

Liz Hurley poses with her son Damian and Shane Warne's daughters, Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League, MCG, December 17, 2011

Liz Hurley poses with her son Damian and Shane Warne's daughters

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