The Thunder win by 71 runs. What a horrible batting collapse by the Strikers. They lost 7 for 22 to be all out for 97! They lost three in the Powerplay and despite a small rebuild by Ingram and Wells they were always well behind the rate and never recovered. Shane Watson had a great day with both the bat and his captaincy, mixing his bowlers well and never allowing any batsmen to settle. Shane Watson is the Player of the Match for his 68 from 40 balls. He was a class above on a slow surface. That is a huge result for the Thunder. They jump to second on the BBL table for the time being while the Strikers slip from second to fifth. It is that tight. There are two more games today following this one. The Renegades host the Heat in Geelong before the Scorchers face the Sixers in Perth. Hope you can stay with us for more BBL coverage. But from Sydney, for now, it's goodbye.
Craig: "I personally prefer these 160-180 run contests as bowling is also a skill. As much as I feel Lynn etc should be in the ODI team, when someone just stands there hitting like a baseballer it is quite boring to me!"
Sams back on
Karan: "For Rashid Khan, it's time to prove himself again for the team." Not sure he needs to prove himself. They already value him as their most important player.
Loui: "It's not the batting but the "wickets" that have been poor this season" Yes the pitches have been poor this season. No question of that.
Stuart: "The ECB said they are modelling their new competition on the Big Bash.........I hope they are watching closely how poor this season has been. Standard of batting is dreadful on a whole this year "
Shaji Pappan: "Big bash is super and exciting and innovative league. Only IPL is better but that's because of Indian contingent just imagine the range of BBL if Indian players were also allowed to play. "