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!
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."
Sandhu enters off strike.
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.
Coulter-Nile is actually still off the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
yorker on middle, Dwarshuis tries to heave for the ropes on the leg side and misses, middle stump knocked back.
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.
full and speared into the legs at 135 kph, Hughes can't flick it away and it ricochets off the pads through midwicket.
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.
yorker on the legs, inside edged flick to deep fine leg for a single.
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.
Zampa leaks 20 in the 18th. Hughes is quietly putting the Sixers into an improbable winning position here.
flighted on the pads, stays in his crease this time to slog sweep this high and deep over the backward square leg rope.
flighted outside leg stump, Hughes backs away to create room to carve this high over long-off, glorious shot.
flighted full on the legs, swept high over backward square, one bounce over the rope.
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.
good length ball on off, pushes this behind point.
bowled very full on off, driven to point.
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.
googly lands way too short on leg stump from Zahir, Brathwaite annihilates this into the second tier over midwicket.
short and wide, Hughes charges and swats this to the cover sweeper.
good length ball spins back in from fifth stump, cramps him for room trying to cut and scampers a run through to point.
|Toss||Sydney Sixers, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||26 December 2020 - night (20-over match)|
|SS Player Replacement|
|Points||Sydney Sixers 4, Melbourne Stars 0|
Over 20 • SS 194/9