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Strikers vs Thunder, 5th Match at Sydney, Dec 16 2022, Big Bash League

RESULT
5th Match (N), Sydney, December 16, 2022, Big Bash League
(5.5/20 ov, T:140) 15

Strikers won by 124 runs

Player Of The Match
5/3
henry-thornton
Cricinfo's MVP
104.67 ptsImpact List
henry-thornton
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Ekanth and Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
Adelaide Strikers 139/9(20 overs)
Sydney Thunder 15/10(5.5 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
AS104.673(4)2.151.315/35.81103.36
AS64.3936(27)49.8664.39--0
AS60.671(2)0.09- 0.234/63.8160.9
AS60.0433(24)46.260.04--0
ST53.621(2)10.673/202.8552.95

Okay, the 35-ball innings is done. May video-game cricket reign supreme. Hopefully, Thunder can put this behind them. But it's Adelaide Strikers who will grab headlines, front pages, subreddits, and maybe just the world on the whole with that win. None of us know what to do as time for goodbye approaches. I'll collect my TFC (thanks for coming) award for my three-ball stint in the second innings. Alex, my co-commentator, will bring you more content here on the site. Chandan Duorah and Ranjith P, our scorers call it a day early. Thanks for tuning in. Um, I don't know... I guess we'll see you tomorrow.

Bhupen : "Damn Dogget. Spoiled the otherwise boundary-less scorecard." Think they could've hit three sixes and gotten ten wickets for 18 and the beauty in the symmetry of the scorecard (if that's a thing) wouldn't be lost.

Vishall: "Always told my son Marvel heroes are not real! But then I see THORnton striking the thunders!"

Dinesh Jas: "They should declare a public holiday at Turkey Today" Yep, their lowest score of 21 has now dropped down a spot in the all-time lowest innings totals in T20s

Dr Tamoor: "Matt Short, the most expensive bowler for Strikers tonight with economy of a whopping 5.0, actually robbed Wes Agar off a 5fer!" Short got only one over. Maybe Agar robbed Short of four. That probably doesn't make sense but what does?!

Line up the tweets, the stats pieces, and if you're part of Sydney Thunder, a wishlist stacking up to the moon. That made a mockery of disbelief as a concept. The brilliance of Farooqi's yorkers, and Sams' death bowling would be long forgotten despite them restricting Thunder's last five overs to 27 for 4 because Thunder went for 15 runs in the powerplay. Just ten wickets as a nonchalant add-on would do.

Peter Siddle on Channel Seven: "It's quite amazing that I'm actually off the pitch speaking to you. Because that was quick. I did not picture what just happened. Rashid's played a lot of T20 cricket and that's the first time he's not bowled a ball in a T20 match [Rashid hasn't bowled only twice before in 358 games and they were both washouts]. For the two of us not to bowl a ball, it's still quite amazing. The boys bowled superbly. Exactly what I said earlier about coming in, being disciplined, bashing a length, they did that and they reaped the rewards.

Henry Thornton:"I honestly cannot believe what just happened. I think everyone here probably doesn't know what is going on either. It was amazing. We thought they bowled really, really well considering what the wicket was doing. And we just thought if we hung in there long enough we'd create chances. That's unbelievable. I've never had that happen in my life to be honest. It's amazing. (On bowling plan) We just thought if we bowled top of the stumps, and we were really clear on what we wanted to execute, we'd be in the game. We got a lot of nick offs. Harry took five catches and Shorty, that was one of the best catches I've ever seen at first slip. We're really happy. I'm really happy for Wes. He bowled really well tonight, super disciplined. Great performance. I feel like I need to retire now. I don't think I'm getting better than that (laughs)."

10:51pm: "What just happened", said Chris Lynn right after the match. That's the title of the match. It deserves 18 biographies and a couple of autobiographies. Winning the powerplay has a new definition as Strikers struck, and struck, and struck some more to win by... 124 runs while defending 139. Thornton hit a good length and bowled in the channel, fifth stump max. Got the nicks as A, the catching was brilliant. Thunder's batters did play a few lose shots but the results do seem to be beyond explanations.

5.5
W
Thornton to Doggett, OUT

Driven in the air, finds point! Strikers are pumped as they charge and jump in delight! Was a back of length ball around off. Doggett went outside leg and looked to open up the off side. Sliced it to the bread basket at point.

Brendan Doggett c Kelly b Thornton 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 8m) SR: 200

Josh: "I thought you said this game was going to be a late finish ??????" Chris Lynn on the field is surprised. Can't blame anyone for not being Nostradamus.

5.4
1
Thornton to Fazalhaq Farooqi, 1 run

Full outside off at 141 kph, driven to deep point

5.3
Thornton to Fazalhaq Farooqi, no run

Makes room, stays outside leg. Lets the length ball just outside off go

Ekanth will come in otherwise he might not get a shift!

5.2
W
Thornton to Davies, OUT

caught behind! Thornton has four! Full and wide, seam up again, he tried to thrash a drive but his feet went outside leg and another thin edge is gleefully taken by Nielsen

Oliver Davies c †Nielsen b Thornton 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 16m) SR: 25

Rahul: "1/5 from Short's first over looks poor bowling so far in this situation!!!"

5.1
Thornton to Davies, no run

back of a length, 133kph, middle stump, he's back to defend

end of over 55 runs • 2 wickets
ST: 14/8CRR: 2.80 RRR: 8.40 • Need 126 from 90b
Brendan Doggett4 (1b 1x4)
Oliver Davies1 (2b)
Wes Agar 2-0-6-4
Henry Thornton 2-1-2-3
4.6
4
Agar to Doggett, FOUR runs

thick inside edge runs to fine leg! Good length, nipping in, he tries to defend, gets a thick inside edge and it runs fine to the biggest cheer of the night

John: "21 is the lowest team total in T20s made by Turkey v Czech Republic in 2019 "

4.5
W
Agar to Sandhu, OUT

nicked to first slip! Another beautiful delivery. Full length, seam up, fourth stump angled across, he drives with his weight back and his feet anchored, gets a healthy edge and it floats to Short at first slip and he pouches it easily.

Gurinder Sandhu c Short b Agar 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0

The BBL record lowest total is a long way away

4.4
Agar to Sandhu, no run

134kph, fuller length, fifth stump, he mistimes a drive to midwicket

4.3
Agar to Sandhu, no run

beats the edge! 132kph, back of a length on middle and off and it decks away sharply!

4.2
W
Agar to Green, OUT

caught behind! Crazy! Fuller and tighter to off, tempting the drive with the seam up, it just nips away a fraction and catches the edge as he drives hard at it. A simple catch for Nielsen. This is ridiculous

Chris Green c †Nielsen b Agar 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 0
4.1
1
Agar to Davies, 1 run

A run. A huge cheer! Good length, top of off, he's squared up, gets a thick edge along the ground to deep third

end of over 4Wicket maiden
ST: 9/6CRR: 2.25 RRR: 8.18 • Need 131 from 96b
Chris Green0 (5b)
Oliver Davies0 (1b)
Henry Thornton 2-1-2-3
Wes Agar 1-0-1-2

A wicket maiden for Thornton

3.6
Thornton to Green, no run

128kph, back of a length on off, he's back to defend

Aby: "Lowest for 5th, implies it's lowest for 6th also ... haha" Yes it does!

3.5
Thornton to Green, no run

136kph, full on middle and leg, he works this to midwicket

3.4
Thornton to Green, no run

good length on off, he defends firmly to point

3.3
Thornton to Green, no run

back of a length on off, he defends again to a roar

Shiva Jayaraman: BBL - lowest score at the fall of the fifth wicket in the league

3.2
Thornton to Green, no run

good length, top of off, he defends and the Thunder fans let off a huge cheer

Three slips for Chris Green

Afeef: "This innings might be over before the powerplay ends"

3.1
W
Thornton to Ross, OUT

Another outside edge! A peach! 137kph, back of a length, fourth stump line, climbing and leave Ross as he pokes at it with minimal footwork and another thin edge flies comfortably through to Nielsen

Alex Ross c †Nielsen b Thornton 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 50
end of over 32 runs • 2 wickets
ST: 9/5CRR: 3.00 RRR: 7.70 • Need 131 from 102b
Oliver Davies0 (1b)
Alex Ross2 (3b)
Wes Agar 1-0-1-2
Henry Thornton 1-0-2-2

Ryan: "Go home Thunder, you're drunk!"

2.6
Agar to Davies, no run

back of a length on off, he's back and across to defend

2.5
W
Agar to Sams, OUT

bowled! Off the thigh guard and around the legs! Crazy! That is so unlucky. Back of a length angled into the thigh pad, but it's hit the bottom corner of the thigh pad that is where the gap is for the top of the pad, it hits that bottom edge and ricochets onto the base of leg stump!

Daniel Sams b Agar 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 33.33
2.4
Agar to Sams, no run

140kph, good length, fifth stump line, he tries to drive on the up and chops a bottom edge into the pitch

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
CA Lynn
36 runs (27)
4 fours1 six
Productive shot
pull
9 runs
1 four0 six
Control
78%
C de Grandhomme
33 runs (24)
2 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
slog shot
16 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
83%
Best performances - bowlers
HTRJY Thornton
O
2.5
M
1
R
3
W
5
ECO
1.05
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
WA Agar
O
2
M
0
R
6
W
4
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Showground Stadium
TossAdelaide Strikers, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Match days16 December 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAdelaide Strikers 2, Sydney Thunder 0
Language
English
Win Probability
AS 100%
ASST
100%50%100%AS InningsST Innings

Over 6 • ST 15/10

Oliver Davies c †Nielsen b Thornton 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 16m) SR: 25
W
Brendan Doggett c Kelly b Thornton 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 8m) SR: 200
W
Strikers won by 124 runs
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MS143116-0.287