23rd Match (D/N), Coffs Harbour, January 05, 2020, Big Bash League
(19.3/20 ov, T:177) 180/3

Sixers won by 7 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

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9.45pm Handshakes all around as the crowd got a great game today. Rashid comes around to Philippe and says something with a smile, great scenes. Philippe of Rashid today: 23 off six balls, with three fours and a six. Excellent performance from the Sixers again, showing why they've been doing well this season. It initially looked like the Strikers were running away towards a massive total on this batting pitch, being 1 for 56 in the powerplay, before the return of Josh Hazlewood to BBL after six seasons put the brakes on them. The Sixers' opening stand set the tone for the chase, especially from Avendano, before Philippe blunted Rashid and stayed till the end to ensure victory.

That's all from me, tonight, fellas. It's Vishal Dikshit and Ranjith signing off, with this tweet that sumps up the match:

Siddle to Tom Curran, SIX runs

sealed with six, have you heard that before? Curran finishes it off by swinging the full toss down the ground, brings out a big smile and gets a hug from Philippe

Siddle to Tom Curran, no run

wide yorker at 129kmh, Curran chases and misses

Philippe gives some advice to Curran. Siddle needs some stinging yorkers now

Siddle to Philippe, 1 run

a yorker, inside edge to leg for a single

Siddle needs to defend three now

end of over 1921 runs
SS: 173/3CRR: 9.10 RRR: 4.00
Tom Curran4 (1)
Josh Philippe82 (51)
Michael Neser 4-0-48-0
Peter Siddle 3-0-22-1
Neser to Tom Curran, FOUR runs

and he finishes the over in style, a four makes it 21 from the over as Curran makes room and slaps it wide of deep cover. The fielder puts in a dive to his right, gets a hand, but the ball rolls way to hit the rope

Curran will face his first ball

Neser to Philippe, 1 run

a full toss, whipped to deep midwicket and only one this time

Neser to Philippe, 2 runs

stays deep, gets a full one and flicks it nicely with the wrists for two more

Neser to Philippe, SIX runs

that's some fine hitting from Philippe! Short ball, he stays still and gets on top of the ball to hammer that away over the midwicket fence for a clean, clean six. That's the match, I think

Neser to Philippe, FOUR runs

and another four, on the other side this time! Shuffles to leg, the ball chases him as it's a low full toss and he swats it wide of fine leg for a one-bounce four

Neser to Philippe, FOUR runs

makes room, gets a full delivery expecting a yorker and he drills that wide of mid on for four. Excellent start for him

Neser's last

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 152/3CRR: 8.44 RRR: 12.50
Josh Philippe65 (46)
Tom Curran0 (0)
Peter Siddle 3-0-22-1
Rashid Khan 4-0-34-1
Siddle to Philippe, 1 run

low full toss on off, pushed down to long on for one

That's the longest I've seen a wicket being checked for a not-so-close dismissal. At least the right decision was delivered

Siddle to Vince, OUT

excellent catch at sweeper cover from Rashid, he completes it and signals out! High full toss on off, flat-batted by Vince on the off side and Rashid tumbled forward for what's a clean catch, replays confirm. Hang on, the umpires are checking for a no ball, and Siddle has juuust something behind the crease for a legal delivery. The umpire also checking the catch, it looks clean, and now checking the height of the full toss, that's well below the waist

James Vince c Rashid Khan b Siddle 13 (11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 118.18

Only six of the over so far

Siddle to Vince, 2 runs

shuffles across, it's almost a yorker and he gets the bottom of the bat behind square on the leg side for two

Vince eyeing the leg side

Siddle to Philippe, 1 run

long way across for a scoop, gets the toe edge to off for a single

Siddle to Vince, 1 run

run out chance at the keeper's end as Vince digs out the yorker to point and they take the risk of the single. Direct hit and Philippe was gone

Siddle to Vince, 2 runs

drives the ball through the covers from deep in the crease, gets two

Siddle has two left in the bag, he's setting the field

end of over 178 runs
SS: 145/2CRR: 8.52 RRR: 10.66
Josh Philippe63 (44)
James Vince8 (7)
Rashid Khan 4-0-34-1
Harry Conway 4-0-38-1

Rashid finishes with 1 for 34 after 12 off his first over

Rashid Khan to Philippe, no run

he goes across again and sweeps this fine but straight to short fine leg

Rashid Khan to Vince, 1 run

drops the length shorter with that wrong'un, and Vince goes back to tuck it to leg

Rashid Khan to Vince, no run

101kmh, makes room and tries to cut but misses again

Rashid Khan to Vince, no run

goes for a cut on off with hard hands but misses

Rashid Khan to Vince, SIX runs

not too full, but Vince goes down on his knee and uses his reach to slog-sweep that away for a big six on the leg side. The Sixers are killing it today against Rashid

Rashid Khan to Philippe, 1 run

goes a long way across and tries to pull, doesn't middle and only gets one

It's in Sixers' favour right now, Neser, Rashid and Stanlake have an over left each

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