Daniel Sams, who recently debuted for Australia against India in the three-match T20I series, has put on and all-round effort to give Sydney Thunder their first win of the season. Sams, who came at the time when Thunder’s were desperately struggling to stay in the game, plundered seven sixes on his route to 65 of just 25 balls and took his team over the line with one over and one ball to spare.
The 7th match of the BBL 10 was held at Manuka Oval, Canberra between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. Heat were ahead in the game for the most part of the match but Daniel Sams had other plans for his team. After coming at 80-5 at the 10.4 over mark, he smoked at a strike-rate of 260 to put up an all-round show and Thunder get a four-wicket win, their first in the ongoing season.
Brisbane Heat innings – Lynn leads the batting line-up
Chris Lynn’s Brisbane Heat were playing their second match of the season. Max Bryant and Sam Heazlett were the openers and it was a good, quick start from the batsmen. Lynn coming in the 4th over after the dismissal of Heazlett for 20 runs.
Tanveer Sangha coming in to bowl the 5th over and it was a ripper. The 19-year old bowled a sharp leg-break that ripped past the outside edge and narrowly missed the top of off stump of Lynn. But the next ball, Mr. Six stand and deliver for his first boundary of the night.
The things went on pretty smooth afterwards. With a couple of 20s from Bryant and Dan Lawrence and boundary-laden innings from Lynn, the score reached 140 in 17 overs and all set for the final, late push to score big.
The 18th over culminated 15 runs with two sixes; one each from Lynn and Jack Wildermuth.
The 19th over culminated 16 runs courtesy some smoking batting from Wildermuth who hit two sixes in the penultimate over.
Lynn was out on the second ball of the 19th over. He scored a quick-fire 69 off 44 balls that included three fours and five sixes. In his innings of five sixes, Lynn also managed to hit his 150th six in the Big Bash.
The final over only yielded 7 runs as the innings ended at the score of 178-6 in their 20 overs.
Daniel Sams and Jonathan Cook picked up two wickets each while Chris Green and Nathan McAndrew picked up one wicket each.
Sydney Thunder innings – Daniel Sams the hero
With both the teams having suffered defeats in their opening games, Sydney Thunder, once again not had the great of the starts.
After the first over, the scorecard was 2-1. Two wickets loss for just one run.
Alex Hales was out first ball and Callum Ferguson was out fourth ball. Two ducks in the first over.
In the 3rd over, Usman Khawaja also followed the dugout having edged the ball to the keeper. Jack Wildermuth, who scored a blistering 31 runs off 11 balls including four sixes, has picked up three wickets in his first two overs and was all set to earn the man of the match award for the night.
The fourth and fifth wicket fell in the 10th and 11th over and the chase was all in tatters. Score, 80-5 at the 10.4 over mark.
Now came the hero, Daniel Sams on the crease who took the game away from Brisbane Heat single-handedly. He along with Ben Cutting put up a 60-run partnership and took the chase deep.
In the end, it was all Daniel Sams who smoked three sixes to finish the match.
24 runs needed to win the match in the final two overs. And guess what, all was done in just five balls. The over started with a beamer that was dispatched over square leg for six. Ball no 3, 4, 5, Daniel Sams hit 6, 6, 6. Match ended. The right-hander scored an unbeaten 65 runs off just 25 balls that included three fours and seven massive sixes.
Jack Wildermuth, who’s man of the match has been thoroughly snatched by Daniel Sams, picked up three wickets for just 23 runs.
Daniel Sams was the man of the match for the night for his all-round performance.
Man of the Match: Daniel Sams
Result: Sydney Thunder win by 4 wickets
Points: Sydney Thunder 3, Brisbane Heat 1