result
15th Match (N), Carrara, Dec 26 2020, Big Bash League
(19.5/20 ov)194/9
Sixers won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Daniel Hughes
Sydney Sixers
1:31
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• Peter Della Penna

Daniel Hughes' 96 trumps Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran knocks in thriller

The final over of the chase included ample drama, as the Sixers got home with a ball to spare

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: @PeterDellaPenna
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars193/5(20 overs)
Sydney Sixers194/9(19.5 overs)

It's after midnight now on the east coast of Australia. For those who were able to stay awake, what a finish that was. Hughes may have missed out on a ton but his knock erases the first inning brilliance from Pooran and Maxwell. Rough for Maxwell to go from hero (with the bat) to goat (with the ball). Stars were ahead seemingly the whole chase but just fumbled it away at the end. Hope you enjoyed all of the drama. Come back tomorrow for more BBL action. That's it for now though. Take care!

Man of the Match Daniel Hughes: "We sort of knew that if we took it deep and kept it to 20 off the last two, anything could happen. We said if they could get 190, so could we. We didn't bowl well but when we were in the sheds, we said it's a nice wicket, play good shots and anything could happen. We probably carried on a little too much there but it's a great group of guys and we enjoy each other's success."

19.5
4lb
Maxwell to O'Keefe, 4 leg byes

terrible ball, O'Keefe fans on it but they get four runs regardless to win a thriller! Thigh high full toss on middle stump, O'Keefe swings wildly over the top of it but it clips the thigh to go past the keeper and beats short third man as well up in the ring to race away to the rope! Sixers win by one wicket with a ball to spare!

Sandhu enters off strike.

19.4
W
Maxwell to Hughes, OUT

Hughes goes for glory trying to end the match and bring up a century with one blow, but he picks out deep midwicket! Cartwright has been a magnet for the ball in the field and claims this one calmly two yards inside the rope at head height. It was a half-volley on the legs, in the slot to crack over the ropes but he just dragged it too flat, didn't get the elevation.

Daniel Hughes c Cartwright b Maxwell 96 (51b 6x4 7x6) SR: 188.23

Coulter-Nile is actually still off the field.

19.3
6
Maxwell to Hughes, SIX runs

full toss at waist height, heaves a pull high to deep backward square, the same fielder Larkin tries to knock it back in but fails to do so and it clears the rope for a maximum.

19.2
4
Maxwell to Hughes, FOUR runs

darted flatter on the legs, flicks this flat to deep backward square, Nick Larkin the fielder charges forward to try to catch this but it short hops him then caroms off the legs to the rope. At worst should've been a single.

19.1
6
Maxwell to Hughes, SIX runs

flighted full on the legs, backs away and creams this flat over long-on.

Captain Maxwell takes the ball in hand to bowl the final six. Coulter-Nile spent some time off the field, too much time in fact, and didn't meet the requirement to be eligible to bowl this over.

end of over 193 runs • 2 wickets
SS: 174/8CRR: 9.15 RRR: 20.00 • Need 20 from 6b
Daniel Hughes80 (47)
Liam Hatcher4-0-33-3
Adam Zampa4-0-47-2

Hatcher missed his length on the first five balls but wasn't punished one bit. Finally gets it right last ball though to claim another wicket. Not the prettiest over to the eye but efficient on paper. Leaves the Sixers with 20 to get off the final frame.

18.6
W
Hatcher to Dwarshuis, OUT

yorker on middle, Dwarshuis tries to heave for the ropes on the leg side and misses, middle stump knocked back.

Ben Dwarshuis b Hatcher 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
18.5
Hatcher to Dwarshuis, no run

knee high full toss on sixth stump, Dwarshuis swings straight through it. Should've been at least two, more likely four, winds up with nothing.

18.4
1lb
Hatcher to Hughes, 1 leg bye

full and speared into the legs at 135 kph, Hughes can't flick it away and it ricochets off the pads through midwicket.

18.3
W
Hatcher to Brathwaite, OUT

length ball on the stumps, it's in the slot for Brathwaite to launch but miscues this off the toe and Maxwell positions himself three yards in from the rope at long-on. He leaps up to claim this over his head, perhaps worried he might be too close to the rope. But he had given himself plenty of room and could have taken a step back to make it less dramatic. He holds on regardless.

Carlos Brathwaite c Maxwell b Hatcher 21 (12b 1x4 2x6) SR: 175
18.2
1
Hatcher to Hughes, 1 run

yorker on the legs, inside edged flick to deep fine leg for a single.

18.1
1
Hatcher to Brathwaite, 1 run

attempted yorker misfired as a knee high full toss on middle, Brathwaite might have clubbed this over the leg side for six on another day but only manages to flub this through mid-off for one.

Hatcher comes around the stumps to the right-hander Brathwaite.

end of over 1820 runs
SS: 171/6CRR: 9.50 RRR: 11.50 • Need 23 from 12b
Daniel Hughes79 (45)
Carlos Brathwaite20 (10)
Adam Zampa4-0-47-2
Zahir Khan3-0-23-0

Zampa leaks 20 in the 18th. Hughes is quietly putting the Sixers into an improbable winning position here.

17.6
6
Zampa to Hughes, SIX runs

flighted on the pads, stays in his crease this time to slog sweep this high and deep over the backward square leg rope.

17.5
6
Zampa to Hughes, SIX runs

flighted outside leg stump, Hughes backs away to create room to carve this high over long-off, glorious shot.

17.4
4
Zampa to Hughes, FOUR runs

flighted full on the legs, swept high over backward square, one bounce over the rope.

17.3
2
Zampa to Hughes, 2 runs

flighted full on the legs, backs away to drive over cover, skies a drive to long-off, sloppy misfield by Hinchcliffe to turn one into two.

17.2
1
Zampa to Brathwaite, 1 run

good length ball on off, pushes this behind point.

17.1
1
Zampa to Hughes, 1 run

bowled very full on off, driven to point.

end of over 179 runs
SS: 151/6CRR: 8.88 RRR: 14.33 • Need 43 from 18b
Carlos Brathwaite19 (9)
Daniel Hughes60 (40)
Zahir Khan3-0-23-0
Liam Hatcher3-0-31-1

One bad ball at the end spoils a very good over from Zahir. Sixers required run rate has climbed higher though despite the six in that six-ball sequence.

16.6
6
Zahir Khan to Brathwaite, SIX runs

googly lands way too short on leg stump from Zahir, Brathwaite annihilates this into the second tier over midwicket.

16.5
1
Zahir Khan to Hughes, 1 run

short and wide, Hughes charges and swats this to the cover sweeper.

16.4
1
Zahir Khan to Brathwaite, 1 run

good length ball spins back in from fifth stump, cramps him for room trying to cut and scampers a run through to point.

Best performances - batters
Daniel Hughes
DP Hughes
96 runs (51)
6 fours
7 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
3 fours
1 six
30825287203
Glenn Maxwell
GJ Maxwell
71 runs (47)
5 fours
5 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
1 four
2 sixes
4622461928
Best performances - bowlers
Liam Hatcher
LC Hatcher
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Player portrait, Nathan Coulter-Nile
NM Coulter-Nile
O
3
M
0
R
14
W
2
ECO
4.66
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Carrara Oval
TossSydney Sixers, elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Daniel Hughes
Daniel Hughes
Match days26 December 2020 - night(20-over match)
Player Replacement
Gurinder Sandhu for Benjamin Manenti (Melbourne Stars 1st innings, 10.1 ov)
Umpires
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Phillip Gillespie
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Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
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Tony Wilds
Reserve Umpire
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David Taylor
Match Referee
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Kepler Wessels
PointsSydney Sixers 4, Melbourne Stars 0