Player of the Match
Player of the Match
184dAlex Malcolm at the Spotless Stadium

Watson rolls back the years as Thunder sneak home

Daniel Sams picked up a four-wicket haul on T20 debut but ended up on the losing side as Arjun Nair and Aiden Blizzard conjured 16 off the last over to drag the Thunder over the line

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
77(46) 6x4 - 6x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 40 runs
  • 3x4 - 4x6
2 1 11 6 3 2 20 32
SW Billings
SW Billings
32(21) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 0 3 8 3 2 10 4

Best performances - Bowlers

DR Sams
O4
M0
R14
W4
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Fawad Ahmed
O4
M1
R11
W2
Eco2.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 15 Runs | ST: 150/5 | RR: 7.50

  • Arjun Nair12 (6b)
  • Aiden Blizzard11 (7b)
  • Sean Abbott4-0-39-0
  • Doug Bollinger4-0-35-0

11.12pm Phew what a way to kick off the BBL season! Thunder secure the derby in a last-ball finish. Their captain Shane Watson led the chase of 150 with a velvet-smooth 77 off 46 balls. Kurtis Patterson and Gibson, however, struggled to time the ball. Ultimately, the equation was down to 26 off 18 balls. Sams, on T20 debut, removed Gibson and Watson off successive balls, to end with the best figures on BBL debut, but Nair and Blizzard hung on to seal the deal. Thanks for your company and comments. Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu and P Ranjith signing off. Goodbye and good night.

Blizzard: Arjun has some serious skill and I am really happy he got one up. We could not have asked for a better start and we will take a derby victory.

Arjun: How good he is he[Watson]? He's terrific.

Kapil: "Very ordinary batting from Gibson. In T20s, post 10 overs, you cannot afford to bat at 50% strike rate. Watson's big hits saved the day for Thunder but talents like Buttler and Blizzard should surely bat higher than a Gibson"

Gagan: "Muthu has published my comment, now I can work in peace. Great start to BBL." --- Cheers, thanks for reading

Sams is the Man of the Match on T20 debut

Sunny: "Buttler is up?or Nevill...sure you excited for the nail biting finish!" --- Ah, yes it was Nevill indeed

19.6
1
Abbott to Nair, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, Nair reaches out for the ball with fast hands and carves it to cover point. Nair and Blizzard hare across for a single to seal Thunder's win. Botha at cover-point did not attack the ball and simply hung back. He could not effect a direct hit either. The throw is to Abbott, and Nair dishes out a full-length dive to wrap it up. Replays suggest the ball bobbled out of Abbott's hands. Gee, what a finish

It boils down to one needed off one ball. Henriques has a long chat with the bowler. Nair on strike. Nevill is up to the stumps to prevent a bye. Fine leg, third man back

19.5
1
Abbott to Blizzard, 1 run, full-toss on the leg stump, clipped away to deep square leg
19.4
4
Abbott to Blizzard, FOUR runs, Blizzard squirts a boundary to the right of Bollinger. Lazy work from the big man at 45. He was too lazy to dive. Very full on leg stump nudged away
19.3
1
Abbott to Nair, 1 run, really full on the leg stump, whipped away to wide long-on
19.2
4
Abbott to Nair, FOUR runs, banged in short and outside off, Nair has a crack at a pull and top-edges it, but gets the desired result. Edged past the keeper for another boundary
19.1
4
Abbott to Nair, FOUR runs, wide full-toss, Nair stays leg-side of the ball and carves it away past the right of deep third man for four. Perfect start to the over for Thunder

Thunder need 16 off the last over. Abbott will bowl it. Over the wicket

Syd Thunder 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1JC ButtlerKR Patterson
2nd75SR WatsonKR Patterson
3rd9SR WatsonBJ Rohrer
4th41SR WatsonRJ Gibson
5th0SR WatsonAJ Nair
6th24AC BlizzardAJ Nair

Big Bash League

TeamMWLPTNRR
PS1082160.154
AS1073140.801
MR1064120.297
HH105510-0.291
SS104680.331
ST10468-0.039
BH10468-0.437
MS10284-0.926