All-rounder Shane Watson’s gutsy knocks of 55 off 31 helped Sydney Thunder to register their second Big Bash League on Sunday.
Winning the toss Sydney Thunder invited Hobart Hurricanes to bat who lost two quick wickets in a span of 10 balls. George Bailey and Ben McDermott then took charges for the hosts. Before the pair could pile up runs, McDermott fell short by yards as he was run out on 31, leaving Hobart at 56 for three in eight overs.
After McDermott’s dismissal, Daniel Christian joined George Bailey. His plans were later cut short when Carlos Brathwaite dismissed Christian to pick up his maiden BBL wicket. Also read- (India vs England 1st ODI 2017: England have first net session ahead of limited over contests)
Struggling to find the gaps early on, Bailey went for big shots in the death over of his innings and guided Hobart to a modest total of 161 for eight. He was unbeaten on 66.
Thunder, who won their last match against Melbourne Stars, were got off to a good start, as they reached 60 runs mark in five overs. However, Stuart Broad broke the partnership on 62, removing Patterson for 23. Making his debut, on the other hand, England’s James Vince got the going, but failed to convert his innings into a fifty, as he was dismissed on 44. Also read- (New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I: Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson shine as Kiwis deliver whitewash)
Shane Watson exhibited his caliber with the bat as he hit five massive sixes and two boundaries in his 31 balls 55 before edging one past to the keeper off Christian’s delivery. Hobart had got the big fish, but the damage was already done.
With 19 balls left, Thunder notched up a comfortable victory against the Hobart Hurricanes to keep their hope alive in the tournament.