slower ball at 118 kph short and wide, Zampa tries to flay this down the ground but serves up a basic catch to mid-on. Stars finally put out of their misery.
Thunder move past the Strikers into second place after today's win, just a bonus point adrift of the Sixers at the top of the table with both teams holding 4-1 records. Stars meanwhile are mired in fifth place and need to become better organized with bat and ball to close the deficit. Thanks for joining us today. Come back tomorrow for some more BBL action. Take care!
Man of the Match Alex Hales: "It's different [with the Powerplay rules] so to have two fewer overs is a different challenge. It's not been an easy start but today I was able to cash in. [The slog sweep] is something I was looking to do tonight. It's a true pitch and I struggled against Zampa last time. It's great to have the crowd in and great to have Sam [Billings] as part of the squad. Adam Milne bowls 150 kph as well."
10.37 pm Thunder had their foot on the throat of the Stars from the start and practically never let up from the moment Hales was slog sweeping with authority over the midwicket rope. Green and Sangha were superb with the ball in the chase. Hard to find fault with anything on the Thunder side of things. Stars batting strategy was muddled and something they need to work out. In spite of their firepower, they were miles off the target.
short on the stumps, top edges this over the keeper for a boundary.
tame runout symbolizes the night for the Stars. Low full toss driven to extra cover on the ring. They set off for a non-existent run and Hales relays sharply to the bowler over the non-striker's stumps with Stanlake four yards short.
another slower ball lands full outside off, drags a drive over mid-on this time for a long single.
slower ball lands full and wide, toe slapped well short of extra cover.
Tremain to bowl the last over.
knee high full toss on middle stump, prodded to extra cover.
slower ball at 109 kph lands full and wide, left alone by Stanlake.
full and wide, punched through the ring for one this time.
dropped! First blemish tonight for the Thunder. Slower ball lands full and wide outside off, Zampa miscues this over extra cover and Ferguson flubs a fairly basic chance shuffling to his left past the edge of the ring.
slower ball on middle stump lands short, swatted flat to mid-on.
yorker on the legs, flicked to short midwicket.
wide yorker, slices this out to deep third man.
slower bouncer, goes to cut and toe slaps this into the ground, diving stop by the keeper.
full outside off, drives in the air through the gap between extra cover and mid-off.
short outside off, goes to slap and is beaten.
Just 15 sixes off the last 16 balls needed now....
length ball on the body, heaves this flat over backward square leg and barely clears Davies leaping up at the rope.
short ball outside off, misses a punch on the up.
95 off 18 to win. Just 16 sixes needed to win this. Nothing is impossible....
flighted full on middle, backs away from leg stump to drive in the air toward long-off.
Green is all over the place tonight and pouches this at deep midwicket for his spin twin. Short ball on the stumps, Hatcher tries to swat this over midwicket but no power behind the shot, hangs up in the air long enough for Green to range 25 yards to his left and pull off a lunging grab.
charges Sangha and beaten in flight with a ball dragged shorter and wider, toe slaps this over Sangha's head and lands well short of long-on.