RESULT
48th Match (N), Adelaide, January 22, 2021, Big Bash League
(20 ov, T:233) 186/5

Thunder won by 46 runs

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Scores: Ranjith P
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Scorecard summary
Sydney Thunder 232/5(20 overs)
Sydney Sixers 186/5(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 186/5CRR: 9.30 
Carlos Brathwaite2 (3)
Dan Christian21 (16)
Brendan Doggett 4-0-24-1
Adam Milne 4-0-37-0

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.

19.6
1
Doggett to Brathwaite, 1 run

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

48 off the last...

19.5
Doggett to Brathwaite, no run

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

19.4
1lb
Doggett to Christian, 1 leg bye

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

19.3
1
Doggett to Brathwaite, 1 run

pulled to square leg

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

19.2
W
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

19.1
1
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
Jordan Silk42 (29)
Dan Christian20 (14)
Adam Milne 4-0-37-0
Nathan McAndrew 4-0-57-0
18.6
6
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

18.5
1
Milne to Christian, 1 run

whipped out to midwicket

18.4
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

18.3
Milne to Christian, no run

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

18.2
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!"

18.1
1
Milne to Silk, 1 run

width outside the off stump, cuts hard to deep cover

Just the 59 needed off the last 12 balls.

end of over 1812 runs
SS: 174/4CRR: 9.66 RRR: 29.50
Dan Christian19 (10)
Jordan Silk35 (27)
Nathan McAndrew 4-0-57-0
Brendan Doggett 3-0-21-0
17.6
2
McAndrew to Christian, 2 runs

full toss, clubbed into the deep but he doesn't time it, and Green will get round to cut it off at deep midwicket

Matt M: "Can never be a good feeling when you hit a boundary and the asking rate still goes up..."

17.5
4
McAndrew to Christian, FOUR runs

jumps over to the off side to scoop a full ball over his left shoulder! Super shot, but the rate climbs regardless

17.4
2
McAndrew to Christian, 2 runs

straight yorker, flicked away through fine leg via the inside edge

17.3
McAndrew to Christian, no run

nutmegged by the yorker again! Angled down the leg side, and between the legs as he looks to squeeze it out

17.2
4
McAndrew to Christian, FOUR runs

short at the ribs, and pulled away for four

17.1
McAndrew to Christian, no run

nutmegs him with a yorker, angling in from wide on the crease

end of over 179 runs
SS: 162/4CRR: 9.52 RRR: 23.66
Dan Christian7 (4)
Jordan Silk35 (27)
Brendan Doggett 3-0-21-0
Tanveer Sangha 4-0-34-2
16.6
1
Doggett to Christian, 1 run

short ball, banged in, and cut away to deep cover

16.5
1
Doggett to Silk, 1 run

banged in short, pulled to long-on

Best performances - batters
AD Hales
AD Hales ST
110 runs (56)
9 fours8 sixes
Control
77%
Productive shot
cut shot
17 runs
3 fours0 six
108183151631
MC Henriques
MC Henriques SS
56 runs (35)
7 fours1 six
Control
71%
Productive shot
cover drive
15 runs
3 fours0 six
11002167119
Best performances - bowlers
BJ Dwarshuis
BJ Dwarshuis SS
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
3
ECO
9.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
T Sangha
T Sangha ST
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
2
ECO
8.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossSydney Sixers, elected to field first
Series
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Thunder
Alex Hales
Match days22 January 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Greg Davidson
Australia
Tony Wilds
TV Umpire
Australia
Gerard Abood
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Simon Lightbody
Match Referee
Australia
Simon Fry
PointsSydney Thunder 4, Sydney Sixers 0
Sixers Innings
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Big Bash League
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SS1495360.257
PS1485320.851
ST1486310.949
BH147729-0.286
AS1477280.105
HH147728-0.187
MS1458240.140
MR1441016-1.727