Khawaja, bowlers take Thunder to top of the table

Usman Khawaja and Sydney Thunder bowlers have combined together to bring up their 6th win of the season in eight games. Batting first, it was Khawaja who set the tone at the start of the innings with his boundary-laden innings of 49 runs. Thunder were able to put 167 on the board courtesy some late surge from Alex Ross and Ben Cutting. Hobart Hurricanes, in reply started their chase pretty well but couldn’t continue and eventually lost the game by 39 runs.

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The 31st match of the BBL 10 was scheduled between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder at the Perth Stadium in Perth. Hurricanes got the opportunity to decide at the toss and they decided to have a bowl first. Posting 167 on the board on the back of Usman Khawaja’s 49 and Alex Ross’ 44, Thunder’s bowlers then routed to the batsmen to secure a sixth victory for them.

Sydney Thunder innings – Khawaja set the toss, Ross and Cutting finished it

One of the successful opening pairs of the BBL 10, Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales came out to the middle after sending into bat first by Hobart Hurricanes. And it was a good start by the opening pair.

Khawaja set the early momentum after facing the initial chunk of balls, hitting plenty of boundaries. Hales soon joined Khawaja in plundering the bowlers. The duo put on 59 runs together.

Hales was the first to go who was dismissed by D’Arcy Short. After the first wicket, there was a mini collapse. Three quick wickets in four overs have dented the innings. That also included the wicket of a set Khawaja who was trapped LBW by Short too.

Usman Khawaja provided good, solid start at the top with his quick 49

Alex Ross and Ben Cutting took the finishing responsibilities as they started to plunder the Hurricanes’ bowlers (again).

Ross-Cutting partnership yielded 57 runs in 31 balls. Ross scored 44 runs off 33 balls with two fours and three sixes while Cutting remained not out on 31 off just 14 balls that included four fours and one six. Final score, 167-5

Only leg spinners took the wickets in the innings. D’Arcy Short bagged three wickets while Sandeep Lamichhane took one wicket.

Hobart Hurricanes innings – Thunder’s bowlers took Thunder to the top

Ben McDermott, who was on the wrong side after the Stars’ match after scoring slow-fast paced 91, and D’Arcy Short opened the innings for Hobart Hurricanes. Short is having a rough patch with the bat in the BBL 10.

The opening pair gave Hobart a good start. Hitting two fours and one six apiece by both the batsmen in pursue of 168. But after settling in, both the batsmen were undone by Nathan McAndrew in the 5th over. Short was undone by a quick bouncer while McDermott was trapped LBW.

Alex Hales has been phenomenal for Sydney Thunder at the top this season

Dawid Malan and Peter Handscomb gave some respite to the team. They scored 55 runs together. But, again, after settling in, both the batsmen were out in space of one over. Malan was bowled by a quick Yorker from Chris Green while Handscomb was stumped on the bowling of Tanveer Sangha.

After that, nothing really happened. At the wicket of Handscomb, the score was 98-4 at the 13.2 mark, and team could only managed to finish the innings at 128-8 after the completion of 20 overs. No batsmen could score big for Hobart and they lost by 39 runs.

Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, and Tanveer Sangha picked up a couple of wickets each.

Sydney Thunder are now at the top of the table with six wins from eight games.

Nathan McAndrew was the man of the match of the night for his two wickets conceding just 25 runs.

Man of the Match: Nathan McAndrew

Result: Sydney Thunder won by 39 runs

Points: Sydney Thunder 3, Hobart Hurricanes 1