48th Match (N), Adelaide, Jan 22 2021, Big Bash League
(20 ov, target 233)186/5
Thunder won by 46 runs
player of the match
Alex Hales
Sydney Thunder
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 186/5CRR: 9.30 
Carlos Brathwaite2 (3)
Dan Christian21 (16)
Brendan Doggett4-0-24-1
Adam Milne4-0-37-0

Two big games tomorrow. First, the Heat look to keep their play-off hopes alive against the Renegades, and then the big one: the Stars against the Scorchers at the MCG, with the hosts in a scrap for the play-offs. We'll be here to talk you through it as ever, and remember to check out Andrew McGlashan's report on tonight's carnage, but until then, it's goodnight from Ranjith and myself.

No prizes for guessing who the player of the match is. "It would be right up there [with my best innings]. Definitely top five," says Hales. "Really good day at the office for us. For us to turn up in the Sydney derby is really good. It's about finding that balance, having that positive intent but not throwing your wicket away. [Finals] It's a massive win for us, confidence-wise. The last few games haven't quite gone to plan. Hopefully we can get on a little roll now. I was just being sarcastic when I got back to the dugout, saying the pitch was spinning and seaming everywhere. Everyone put their hand up, came in and scored quickly from ball one. [Contact from England] No, nothing at all. Nothing from that end. I'm just going to see what happens. I hope so, that's the peak of cricket, playing for your country. If that's the end result, then brilliant. [Pitch] Really, really good. A ground that I really enjoy batting at. It's a beautiful place to play cricket. [Bowling effort] Really really impressive on a good pitch."

So the Thunder jump into third thanks to a 46-run win. This was a flat deck and Alex Hales made hay, hitting the second century of the season - and the second at the Adelaide Oval by a man named Alex in as many nights - as the Thunder piled on the biggest total in BBL history. The Sixers bowled poorly: they were in the game for one over, but when Hales cashed in against O'Keefe in the powerplay they were always behind the game. Henriques had some useful time in the middle in the chase but after Philippe fell early, the Sixers never stood much of a chance. They are still well-placed to finish top of the pile, but the Thunder take the Sydney Smash bragging rights.

Doggett to Brathwaite, 1 run

slot ball outside off, Brathwaite clears the front dog and clubs it towards cover

48 off the last...

Doggett to Brathwaite, no run

sets himself deep in the crease, and misses his swat at the pull

Doggett to Christian, 1 leg bye

full on the leg stump, flicked down to fine leg via the pad

Doggett to Brathwaite, 1 run

pulled to square leg

Brathwaite. Even an Eden Gardens special wouldn't do the job from here.

Doggett to Silk, OUT

straight through him, and pegs back the off stump! Silk shaped to heave over midwicket but was beaten for pace, and this was fuller than he anticipated. The zing bails go flying, and Silk's night is done. No rhythm from him tonight

Jordan Silk b Doggett 42 (30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 140

greg: "this game further pads the Thunder's net run rate and surely ensures their route into the playoffs" -- Yep, they're looking pretty comfortable now

Doggett to Christian, 1 run

yorker on off stump, dug out to long-off

51 off the last.

end of over 198 runs
SS: 182/4CRR: 9.57 RRR: 51.00 • Need 51 runs from 6b
Jordan Silk42 (29)
Dan Christian20 (14)
Adam Milne4-0-37-0
Nathan McAndrew4-0-57-0
Milne to Silk, SIX runs

short outside off, top-edged hook over square leg for six! Just the second of the innings - Alex Hales had hit that many within his first 13 balls

Milne to Christian, 1 run

whipped out to midwicket

Milne to Christian, no run

inside-edges through to Billings on the bounce

Danish: "Chris Green only bowled one over..surely could have been given at least another 2." -- You sound like a fantasy player spurned

Milne to Christian, no run

yorker outside off, Christian has a swish but it sneaks underneath his bat

Milne to Christian, no run

wide outside off, bottom-edges the cut through to Billings on the bounce

Laura: "@The phantom, it is not as simple as that. bad umpiring decision can still happen even with DRS (eg when there are no reviews left). hence, the standard of umpiring needs to better!"

Milne to Silk, 1 run

width outside the off stump, cuts hard to deep cover

Just the 59 needed off the last 12 balls.