slower ball lands short on off stump, Brathwaite punches this through the covers to end the match.
That's it for our coverage today. Come back tomorrow for more BBL action. Take care!
Stephen O'Keefe is the Player of the Match: "We first assessed it and thought it was flat but when we got out there it was a bit two-paced so I slowed it up a bit and got the rewards. They're so dangerous at the top. The thing we have going for us is we're taking wickets in the middle to slow things down. We don't have any set format with bat or ball. It's been a really big group effort. Flipper [Philippe] is a superstar. He plays with such freedom and plays shots you wouldn't dream about. There's no excuse to take our foot off the pedal and get into the finals in good shape."
10.30 pm Thunder dominated the first nine overs of play before Stephen O'Keefe's double-strike in the 10th over of the first innings flipped the script. Philippe then bullied the Thunder bowling unit in the chase to clinch a fairly simple win.
Philippe misses out on a red inker! His eyes lit up with a juicy slower ball landing fuller on leg stump, tries to heave this over midwicket out of the ground but is through the shot too soon and misses, leg stump is knocked back. Philippe stays on his knees in frustration for a few moments before walking off.
bouncer over the stumps, way too high to play, wide signaled to level the scores.
short and wide, slaps this past extra cover on the ring and Ross at cover sweeper relays in for a pair.
yorker on middle, dug out to midwicket and they run a tight pair.
Christian dropped first ball by Ross off the bowling of Sams and he's shown no mercy since.
bouncer over leg stump, misses a hook.
shot of the day! Slower ball in the slot on sixth stump, Christian keeps the hands back to hammer a drive inside out over extra cover and it sails all the way into the stands.
back of a length tailing down leg, Christian shuffles way across and misses a flick. Umpire calls it a wide down the leg side, perhaps a touch harshly.
full and wide, slogs this along the ground for one.
slower ball on fourth stump that Christian is way out in front of. Billings is also fooled as he fumbles a take on a short hop and they pinch a bye.
overpitched on the stumps, barely misses the length on the attempted yorker and Christian clocks a clean straight drive that just barely clears the ropes at long-on.
length ball clipped through the ring for one.
9 runs and a wicket in the Power Surge. Could have been two wickets and fewer runs had Ross held onto the chance off Christian.
another mistimed hack comes off the pads for an extra.
slower ball outside off that Philippe is way out in front of, misses a leg side heave.
and Philippe rubs salt into the wound next ball. Length delivery hammered through wide mid-on.
dropped! Ross backpedaling at cover. Another slower ball lands full on off, Christian goes to heave straight down the ground and skies this over the off side ring. Ross tries to take this going over the shoulder and gets into good position but shells it tumbling forward at the last moment. 8/10 on difficulty but he got two hands to it in an extended comfortable position not cramped into his body. Had to be taken if the Thunder are going to win.
another slower ball lands full on the legs, bottom edged swipe goes to short fine leg and they scamper one.
Christian enters off strike.
slower ball lands full on the stumps, skies a slog for midwicket and with the timing thrown off it swirls over square leg. Billings runs out from behind the stumps and takes the catch a few yards away from the umpire.
Power Surge called for immediately. It's only one over for the reduced chase. Sams is bowling the over.
Doosra: "After yet another failure I think it is high time that Vince is "rested". He has been very disappointing of late..."
full length ball driven to the cover sweeper.
full and wide, mistimed into the ring.
|Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|Toss||Sydney Sixers, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||13 January 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Sydney Sixers 4, Sydney Thunder 0|