Matches (14)
ZIM v WI (1)
Super Smash (1)
SA20 (3)
ILT20 (3)
BBL (1)
BPL 2023 (2)
Ranji Trophy (1)
WI 4-Day (2)
RESULT
56th Match (N), Melbourne, January 25, 2023, Big Bash League
(18.5/20 ov, T:120) 120/7

Thunder won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars 119/7(20 overs)
Sydney Thunder 120/7(18.5 overs)
Daniel Sams 28 (18)
Adam Zampa3/25 (4)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Adam ZampaMS71.54--03/254.1871.54
Usman QadirST59.08--03/243.4859.08
Daniel SamsST52.7528(18)37.1347.861/271.014.89
Beau WebsterMS50.7814(14)12.7810.641/81.3740.14
Chris GreenST37.266(7)5.883.842/191.5633.42

10.27 pm The Thunder dragged out the drama as long as possible making what should have been a straightforward chase mighty difficult, but the Stars show why they claimed the wooden spoon in this year's BBL with some sloppy fielding after a limp batting effort. So the Thunder season will continue for at least one more match after they go into the playoffs in the fourth seed. They will host the fifth seeded Brisbane Heat in an elimination match to see who will move on.

Thunder captain Chris Green is Player of the Match: "Sitting on the bench while we were batting... we scraped in by the barest of margins. The batting, we need to rectify. It wasn't good enough. Our strength all tournament has been scrapping and defending low totals and bowling teams out for low totals. We needed some partnerships from the top four to stand up. Our batting innings, we weren't busy enough and there were a lot of dot balls, but the rotation of strike picked up at the end. It's an exciting opportunity to host a knockout. I can't wait to get back to the Showground with Thunder Nation. It's a side that we've beat twice already but we know they've been playing good cricket at the back end and we need to play well to beat them."

So that concludes our live coverage for the league phase of BBL 2022-23. Everyone can take a breather after today's drama because tomorrow is a rest day before the playoffs begin on Friday. Join us then, but that's it for today. On behalf of my commentary partner Andrew Miller, take care!

18.5
4
Wood to McAndrew, FOUR runs

Thunder clinch the final BBL playoff berth! Hurricanes are knocked out! Full on the stumps, winds up and heaves this over wide long-on, one bounce over the rope.

18.4
2
Wood to McAndrew, 2 runs

short ball on the stumps, top edges a pull swirling behind the keeper for two.

18.3
2
Wood to McAndrew, 2 runs

full and wide, carves this over cover wide of the sweeper for two.

18.2
1
Wood to Green, 1 run

back of a length ball on fourth stump, slapped to cover for one.

Mandatory concussion check in progress by the Thunder physio.

18.1
1lb
Wood to McAndrew, 1 leg bye

short ball into the body, goes to pull and is hit in the helmet as the ball dribbles away for a run.

end of over 183 runs
ST: 110/7CRR: 6.11 RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 from 12b
Chris Green5 (6b)
Nathan McAndrew4 (6b)
Liam Hatcher 4-1-18-0
Adam Zampa 4-0-25-3
17.6
Hatcher to Green, no run

length ball on off, defended to extra cover.

17.5
1
Hatcher to McAndrew, 1 run

full on fourth stump, driven toward mid-on, diving stop on the ring saves at least two runs.

17.4
Hatcher to McAndrew, no run

bouncer on fourth stump, goes to pull and is beaten.

17.3
2
Hatcher to McAndrew, 2 runs

length ball guided to deep third man for a tight two.

17.2
Hatcher to McAndrew, no run

back of a length on leg stump, beaten prodding at this. The batters thought about stealing a bye as the keeper was quite casual collecting and didn't bother flinging it at the stumps.

17.1
Hatcher to McAndrew, no run

back of a length ball on the stumps, defended.

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 107/7CRR: 6.29 RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 from 18b
Chris Green5 (5b)
Nathan McAndrew1 (1b)
Adam Zampa 4-0-25-3
Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-1
16.6
2
Zampa to Green, 2 runs

full on the stumps, driven to wide long-on for two.

16.5
1
Zampa to McAndrew, 1 run

full on fifth stump, driven to long-off for one.

16.4
W
Zampa to Sams, OUT

bullseye! Zampa zips this in fuller on middle but also a touch quicker and it skids flat past a slog sweep crashing into the middle of middle stump.

Daniel Sams b Zampa 28 (18b 3x4 1x6 ) SR: 155.55
16.3
6
Zampa to Sams, SIX runs

drag down from Zampa on middle stump, Sams rocks back and smashes this flat over wide long-on, it lands just over the rope as the fielder running across from long-off couldn't cover the distance or else it was a chest high chance.

16.2
1
Zampa to Green, 1 run

full on off, driven firmly to extra cover for a would-be dot but Stoinis fumbles to open the door for a single.

16.1
Zampa to Green, no run

good length ball on middle, defended to cover.

end of over 1615 runs
ST: 97/6CRR: 6.06 RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 from 24b
Daniel Sams22 (16b 3x4)
Chris Green2 (2b)
Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-0-29-1
Luke Wood 3-0-24-1

Jazz: "That is horrendous from Zampa. My mum could've caught that. "

15.6
2
Coulter-Nile to Sams, 2 runs

back of a length on the legs, flicked through square leg for two.

15.6
1w
Coulter-Nile to Sams, 1 wide

full and tailing down leg, wide called.

15.5
4
Coulter-Nile to Sams, FOUR runs

NCN drags the length back and follows him backing away from leg stump, Sams adjusts to flat bat this with a tennis backhand over mid-on to the rope.

Best performances - batters
HWR Cartwright
HWR Cartwright MS
36 runs (36)
1 four0 six
Control
78%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
1 four0 six
218560311
TF Rogers
TF Rogers MS
35 runs (36)
2 fours0 six
Control
75%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 four0 six
4222104010
Best performances - bowlers
Usman Qadir
Usman Qadir ST
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
A Zampa
A Zampa MS
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
3
ECO
6.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossSydney Thunder, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Thunder
Chris Green
Match days25 January 2023 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Australia
Bruce Oxenford
Australia
Nathan Johnstone
TV Umpire
Australia
Simon Lightbody
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Daryl Brigham
Match Referee
Australia
Bob Stratford
PointsSydney Thunder 2, Melbourne Stars 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
ST 100%
MSST
100%50%100%MS InningsST Innings

Over 19 • ST 120/7

Thunder won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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PS14113221.205
SS14103210.846
MR147714-0.027
ST147714-0.716
BH146713-0.483
HH146812-0.340
AS145910-0.151
MS143116-0.287