54th Match, Sydney, Jan 26 2020, Big Bash League
(15/15 ov)99/4
(11.4/12 ov, target 96)97/3
Thunder won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining) (D/L method)
player of the match
Alex Hales
Sydney Thunder

Thunder win by 7 wickets under DLS with 2 balls to spare. Chris Morris is the hero for the Thunder and their finals hopes stay alive. They jump up to 4th on the table and the Scorchers drop to 5th. Now it's over to the Hurricanes and the Heat to see what they can do. Alex Hales is Player of the Match for his 47 off 27 balls in the chase. Hales: "It was a lot closer than we would have liked. It was important to get off to a good start and fortunately we just scraped over the line."

It all hangs on the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat. What a finish we have coming up over the next 24 hours. The Hurricanes face the Strikers tonight and then the Heat face the Renegades tomorrow. Those results will dictate who plays finals. Thanks for your company from the Sydney Showgrounds.

Duke: "Morris!!"

Alex: "Matt Kelly?!? SERIOUSLY?! Why sign Morkel if you're going to use Matt Kelly in this situation. "

WAQAR: "Thunder deserved this DLS luck after bad luck in Strikers game. Game getting called off after 4.2 overs of Thunder innings."

Kelly to Morris, FOUR runs

driven over cover and the Thunder win! Another half volley outside off, Morris was waiting and he lofted a cover drive over the man in the circle and away to the rope!

Kelly to Morris, SIX runs

thumped over long on! 127kph in the slot! Nowhere near the yorker length Kelly wanted, he hung back set himself and crunched it flat into the stands with a glorious swing of the bat

Remios: "What an over from Richardson, I can't believe it "

Kelly to Ferguson, 1 run

128kph, attempted yorker, he charged and gets an inside edge onto pad for a single! The yorker would have been a half volley if he hung back

Kelly to Ferguson, 2 runs

he charges, into the wicket slower ball, he pulls on the move wide of deep long on and they pick up two

Matt Kelly is bowling the last. The Thunder need 12. Seasons are on the line. Third man and fine leg up. Yorkers and slower balls coming you would think.

end of over 112 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 84/3CRR: 7.63 RRR: 13.00 • Need 13 runs from 6b
Callum Ferguson6 (8)
Chris Morris1 (3)
Jhye Richardson3-0-13-1
Fawad Ahmed3-0-15-1
Jhye Richardson to Ferguson, 1 run

140kph, length wide of off, he drives on the up in the air but it lands short of cover and he knocks it down. They only get one

Duke: "Thunder doing a good job of complicating a straight forward win"

Jhye Richardson to Morris, 1 run

full outside off, hammers a drive straight of mid off and Morkel makes an amazing diving save on the circle! Saved three for sure

Jhye Richardson to Morris, no run

nearly bowled, nearly a run out! Panic everywhere! Full and straight nearly sneaking through, gets an inside edge onto pad, it rolls behind to the keeper, he takes off and is sent back, Inglis shies and misses but Morris was well out!

Laks: "Is there still life in this game (yet)??"

Jhye Richardson to Morris, no run

full angled into middle, 137kph, he defends to midwicket

Chris Morris

Jhye Richardson to Ross, OUT

Bowled him! 148kph, length ball and tailing back into the top of off, Ross stayed leg side trying to cut but it was way too quick and too close and it crashes into the top of off!

Alex Ross b Richardson 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100

Daniel: "Are you sure it was stumped? The 3rd umpire described it as "a referral for run out" on the TV coverage." The TV graphics had it stumped. But again I agree Daniel. I think it should have been run out

Jhye Richardson to Ross, no run

good length, on off, he defends from the crease

Jhye Richardson