Twenty20 Big Bash League 19/20
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney | 18th January 2020
Sydney Thunder beat Sydney Sixers by 4 runs (D/L method)
Player of the Match
ALL OVER! The two captains are seen shaking hands. Not possible to carry on as the rain refused to make way. SYDNEY THUNDER WIN BY 4 RUNS (DLS method) to take two vital points and jump up on the points table. It was a clinical bowling show by them aided by some reckless batting from the Sixers that set up this win. The pitch was a bit sticky but the touring team failed to combat that and their shot selections were quite questionable. Sydney Thunder did lose their openers rather cheaply but since there wasn't much scoreboard pressure, they managed to stay within the limits of the DuckworthâLewisâStern method.
CHRIS MORRIS IS CHOSEN FOR THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD! Says that he is quite happy with the win. Adds that he is pleased with the Thunder moving in the top four as it is the business end of the tournament. On the Hughes' run out, Morris states that he took a chance and that paid off. Finishes by saying that it was a very tricky wicket to bat on and is delighted with the way they played.
That's all we have from this rain-affected match. Sydney Thunder have moved to the top 4 on the table, equal on points with Adelaide Strikers but down on the NRR. Sunday will bring our way yet another double-header. First up, Hobart Hurricanes will be hosting Adelaide Strikers at 1445 local (0345 GMT) and then later in the evening at 1810 local (0810 GMT), Brisbane Heat will be crossing swords against Melbourne Renegades. Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Update 2208 local - Here comes the official word from the match officials. One of the umpires, Tony Wilds informs that 2223 local is the cut-off time and if they don't start by then, it's game over. Praises the groundsmen for putting in the hard work and hopes that the crowd will be treated with some more cricket.
Moises Henriques is caught for a quick chat. Starts by saying that it was a sticky wicket early on but at the same time they have to learn to combat that. Tells that the pitch was under covers and it was holding up a bit, especially in the early half. Shares that once the ball got older, it got easier to bat on and the pitch also dried up. On the plan to pick two spinners in his XI, Moises replies that they are two good spinners who are capable of manipulating any batting order. When asked whether he would have liked to see the pitch after it was uncovered, Moises says that both the skippers saw similar conditions before the toss, so it's fair. Adds that today they are at the wrong end and on another night, it could have been the Thunder. Smiles and says that his fatherhood is going good and it's overwhelming, a proud moment for anyone. Informs that it isn't raining heavily but the drizzle is quite persistent.
Update 2147 local - PLAYERS ARE GOING OFF! It continues to drizzle and after waiting for a while, the umpires have decided that enough is enough. They have called for the covers. The Thunder are 4 runs ahead on the DLS count.
Tom Curran to D Sams, Once again Sams uses the angle of the bowler and tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Tom Curran to C Ferguson, Angling into the batsman, on middle, Ferguson helps it to mid-wicket and picks up a run.
Tom Curran to D Sams, Slapped away! Short in length and outside off, Sams slaps it through point for a single.
J Bird to D Sams, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. So we will have a result even if this match is not completed through the DLS method. The Thunder are 3 runs ahead at this point of time.
J Bird to D Sams, Swing and a miss! Width on offer outside off, short in length, Sams tries to cut but misses.
J Bird to C Ferguson, Walks forward and works a length ball on the leg side for one. The DLS par score at this stage is 20!
J Bird to D Sams, Turns a length ball on the leg side and collects a single. Poor fielding. The mid-wicket fielder should not be allowing easy runs.
It has started to rain! It is a bit of drizzle only and the umpire think it is fine to continue for the moment.
J Bird to D Sams, Back of a length delivery on middle, staying a bit low, Sams tries to pull but misses and takes a blow on the box.
J Bird to D Sams, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
Tom Curran to C Ferguson, Around off, Ferguson tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his boot. Powerplay comes to an end, the Thunder are 22/2, chasing 77!
Tom Curran to D Sams, Angling into the batsman around off, Sams tries to defend but it takes the outer half of his bat and rolls towards third man. A single has been taken.
Daniel Sams makes his way out to the middle.
Tom Curran to U Khawaja, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Curran strikes. He delivers a length ball outside off and tempts the batsman into a drive. Khawaja tries to stroke it through covers but the angle takes the ball away from him and the ball catches the outside edge. It flies straight into the hands of Hughes at first slip who makes no mistake. 56 needed more off 74 balls.
Tom Curran to U Khawaja, Pitches it up and around off, Usman drives it straight to mid off.
Tom Curran to C Ferguson, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
Tom Curran to C Ferguson, FOUR! Dismissed! Fullish length ball around off, Ferguson attacks it with all his power and smacks it over mid off. One bounce into the fence it goes.
A Free hit will follow. Can Ferguson make full use of it?
Tom Curran to C Ferguson, Whoa! That has slipped out from Curran's hand. A beamer. High full toss going well over the head of the batsman who ducks to save his life.
Tom Curran is into the attack. Some sawdust is being put in the landing area as well.
J Bird to U Khawaja, A touch short and around leg, Khawaja walks forward to work it on the leg side but misses. Maybe, that clipped some part of his thigh pad. The keeper has an immediate shy at the striker's end but misses. Usman was safely in anyway. Just one from the over, 62 needed off 78 balls.
J Bird to U Khawaja, Good length delivery in the corridor outside off, Khawaja covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
J Bird to U Khawaja, Too full in length around off, Khawaja brings his bat down in time in defense.
J Bird to C Ferguson, A length delivery on middle, Callum works it in the gap on the leg side this time. It rolls through mid-wicket and they cross.
J Bird to C Ferguson, Advances down the track to a shortish ball and turns it on the leg side. Finds the fielder in front of square leg again.
J Bird to C Ferguson, Angling down the leg side, Ferguson flicks it on the leg side but finds square leg.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, Fractionally short in length outside off, Usman stands back and cuts it through the line. First he shouts 'wait, wait' but as soon as the ball pierces the gap at cover-point, they take a couple. 13 from the over, the Thunder are marching forward.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, Poor bowling, this. Dwarshuis continues to drift on the pads. This time Usman clips it through backward square leg and takes a couple of runs.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, FOUR! Beautifully played! So quick to pick up the length and dispatches it to the boundary. Short delivery on middle, Khawaja eases himself on the back foot and pulls it through square leg.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, Fullish and around off, Khawaja brings down a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, Back of a length delivery outside off, Khawaja goes on his toes to slap it through the line but mistimes it back to the bowler.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, Wide! Ben is struggling here with his line. Another delivery is drifting down the leg side and the bowler is lucky that this time Usman doesn't get any bat behind it.
Ben Dwarshuis to U Khawaja, FOUR! Easy pickings! Cannot afford to bowl there especially while defending a small total. A gentle loosener from Dwarshuis. It's full and sliding down the leg side, Khawaja tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Ben Dwarshuis will bowl from the other end.
J Bird to C Ferguson, Good length ball on off, Ferguson blocks it back from the crease.
J Bird to C Ferguson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Callum Ferguson is the new man in.
J Bird to A Hales, OUT! Bird draws first blood! A golden duck for Alex Hales and it's a big blow to the Thunder, bigger to those who picked him in their fantasy team. Terrific delivery by Bird. He delivers it on the shorter side around middle and off, hurrying up the batsman. Hales opens up in his stance as he attempts to glance it on the leg side. But it takes the top edge and balloons towards point. Silk calls for it and runs across to his left to complete the catch with a full length dive.
J Bird to U Khawaja, Khawaja steps down the track to a full length ball on middle. He tries to flick but it takes the leading half of his blade and rolls behind the bowler. The mid off fielder cuts it off and they cross for a single.
J Bird to U Khawaja, The line is quite straight on this occasion and Usman works it towards square leg. Not in the gap.
J Bird to U Khawaja, Some movement off the deck for Bird. He lands it on a fuller length and just outside off, it hits the surface and moves back in just a shade. Khawaja watches it closely before making a leave.
We are ready to get the run chase underway! The Sixers' players are making their way out to the ground to defend 76. Will they be able to do it? Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja follow them out. Jackson Bird will begin the proceedings for the Sixers.
It's a pretty paltry total and the Thunder will be backing themselves to win the reverse fixture and go on level points with Adelaide Strikers who are at number 3. Do the Sixers have it in their bowling to defend this minuscule total? Do join us in a short while to find out.
Sydney Thunder were brilliant with the ball. They kept on bowling good lines and picked wickets at frequent intervals. All their bowlers were impressive with Chris Morris and Daniel Sams standing out the most. If it was not for the 45-run partnership between Justin Avendano and Ben Dwarshuis, the Sixers would have struggled to even cross the 50-run mark.
End of the humiliation for the Sydney Sixers! They avoided the embarrassment of getting the lowest ever BBL score but still, this is their second worst effort with the bat in the League history. It was a very lethargic approach from the top order of the visiting team as they kept throwing away their wickets by playing some reckless shots. There was some movement on offer for the seamers but certainly it's not a 76-run pitch.
C Morris to N Lyon, OUT! RUN OUT! Sixers are all out and it ends a terrific performance from the Sydney Thunder in the field. Fullish ball outside off, Lyon looks to lift it over the off side but gets a top edge which lands safely between the deep cover and the incoming cover fielder. The batters take off for a couple but Alex Ross is quick to the ball and throws it to the bowler. Morris whips the bails off and O'Keefe is well short. The on-field umpire does not even need the third umpire and raises the finger. SYDNEY SIXERS HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 76.
C Morris to N Lyon, Full delivery down the leg side, Lyon looks to play the scoop shot but misses. Wide not given because Lyon had moved to the off side.
C Morris to N Lyon, Just short! Short of a length delivery on middle, Lyon attempts the pull but it takes the top edge and goes towards deep square leg. Daniel Sams runs ahead and dives forward to attempt for the catch but the ball falls just short. Two runs added to the total.
Steve O'Keefe is the last man in.
C Morris to J Bird, OUT! CAUGHT! Bird goes for a duck and Sixers keep on crumbling. Full delivery on off, Bird looks to hammer it over long off but gets it off the toe-end of the bat towards long off. Nathan McAndrew comes ahead from long off, settles himself under it and takes a simple catch.
C Morris to N Lyon, Full delivery on middle, Lyon drives it towards long on for a single.
D Sams to J Bird, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
Jackson Bird is the new man in.
D Sams to J Avendano, OUT! CAUGHT! Avendano falls now and the Sixers are losing wickets at the death. Full delivery outside off, Avendano drives it to extra cover but doesn't have any elevation on it. Callum Ferguson stationed there takes a good tumbling catch inside the ring. Good little innings from Avendano comes to an end.
D Sams to N Lyon, LEG BYE! On a length on off, Lyon looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side and the batters steal a leg bye.
D Sams to Ben Dwarshuis, OUT! CAUGHT! Dwarshuis has to go but not before playing a handy knock for his side. Fuller one outside off, Dwarshuis looks to lift it over the bowler's head. He gets more elevation than distance. It goes towards long off, Alex Hales comes across from long off, balances himself and takes a very good catch near the boundary line.
D Sams to Ben Dwarshuis, FOUR! Dwarshuis is playing a very valuable cameo here! Short delivery on off, Dwarshuis whacks it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
D Sams to Ben Dwarshuis, Low full toss outside off, Dwarshuis drives it to deep point and takes a couple before the fielder can come across and clean it up.
Daniel Sams returns to the attack. 2-0-8-1, his figures.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Missed out! Full toss on middle and leg, Avendano looks to slog it away to the leg side but misses to get hit around the box area.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, SIX! This is turning out to be a big over for the Sixers! Short of a length ball on middle, Avendano rocks back and pulls it over the bowler's head for half a dozen.
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, Short delivery on middle, Dwarshuis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, FOUR! Slashed away! Short delivery outside off, Dwarshuis cuts it uppishly towards the deep point region for a boundary. Crossed the lowest total ever in BBL now!
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, WIDE! McAndrew dishes out another slower ball. It is outside off, Dwarshuis looks to cut but misses. The umpire signals it a wide.
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, Slower short ball around middle, Dwarshuis looks to pull but fails to get any bat on it.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Fullish delivery on middle, Justin drives it down to long on for a single.
Nathan McAndrew is back on. 2-0-13-0 are his figures. Looking at the other bowlers, comparatively, he is the most expensive. Facepalm.
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, Good length delivery outside off, Once again, Dwarshuis attempts to swing but fails to get any bat on it.
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Dwarshuis looks to swing to the leg side but misses.
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, FOUR! Gets connection to it this time! Full delivery on off, Dwarshuis hammers it over the mid off fielder for a boundary. 50 up for the Sixers.
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, Swing and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Dwarshuis looks to heave it away but misses to get any bat on it.
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, WIDE! Fullish delivery way outside off, Dwarshuis makes room and then decides to let it go to the keeper. Wide signaled.
B Doggett to J Avendano, Short delivery outside off, Avendano cuts it to deep point for a single.
B Doggett to J Avendano, Length ball on middle, Avendano tucks it to mid-wicket.
Brendan Doggett is back into the attack. 2-0-7-1, his figures so far.
G Sandhu to Ben Dwarshuis, Slower bouncer around middle and leg, at 111 kph. Dwarshuis looks to play the hook shot but fails to get any bat on it.
G Sandhu to Ben Dwarshuis, Short of a length ball around middle, Dwarshuis looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it.
G Sandhu to J Avendano, Back of a length ball on off, Avendano stands tall and drives it through covers for a single.
G Sandhu to Ben Dwarshuis, Full delivery on off, Dwarshuis drives it to mid off and takes a quick single.
G Sandhu to J Avendano, Short of a length ball on off, Avendano punches it to deep cover for a run.
G Sandhu to J Avendano, Good length ball on middle, Justin remains back-footed in defense.
Bowling change. Gurinder Sandhu (2-0-7-1) returns in action.
C Morris to J Avendano, Length ball on middle, Avendano works it to fine leg for a single. 6 runs from the over.
C Morris to J Avendano, FOUR! Nicely played! Short delivery on middle, Avendano rocks back and pulls it to the deep square leg region for a boundary. The fielder comes across from deep mid-wicket, slides but fails to make the stop. They need 16 more to avoid the embarrassment of the lowest score in BBL.
C Morris to J Avendano, BEATEN AGAIN! This is excellent bowling from Morris! Bowls a good length ball angling into the batsman. Avendano looks to punch it off the back foot but gets cut into half. The ball just misses the off stump and goes to the keeper.
C Morris to Ben Dwarshuis, On a length outside off, Ben guides it to third man for a single.
C Morris to Ben Dwarshuis, BEATEN! Morris bends his back and bowls a short one outside off, Dwarshuis looks to cut off the back foot but misses it altogether.
C Morris to Ben Dwarshuis, Morris starts with a short of a length ball on off, Ben pushes it back to the bowler.
Chris Morris is back into the attack. He has been top class today, going for just 2 runs in as many overs and accounting for the wickets of Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes (run out).
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, EDGED! Short of a length ball outside off, Dwarshuis looks to guide but it goes off the outside edge and the ball goes to third man for a single.
N McAndrew to Ben Dwarshuis, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Dwarshuis looks to push but misses to get any bat on it.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Good length ball on off, Avendano drives it to the deep cover region for a single.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Very full delivery on middle, Justin defends it out to mid on.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, On middle, Avendano works it to mid-wicket.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, SIX! Much-needed one for the Sixers! Full delivery on middle, Avendano nonchalantly lifts it over the long on region for a biggie.
Nathan McAndrew is back on.
D Sams to J Avendano, Short of a length ball on off, Avendano punches it to the deep cover region for a single.
D Sams to Ben Dwarshuis, On a length outside off, Dwarshuis guides it to third man for a single.
D Sams to J Avendano, Length ball on middle, Avendano whips it to mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
D Sams to J Avendano, Back of a length ball on off, Avendano defends it out off the back foot.
D Sams to J Avendano, Another delivery in the channel outside off, Avendano stands tall and tries to force it through the off side. Once again he fails to put bat on ball.
D Sams to J Avendano, Good length delivery outside off, Justin tries to punch it through the line but misses.
Tactical Time-Out! 26/6 and it's quite evident which team is on top. The Thunder are ruling the roost and the Sixers have no one but themselves to blame for their lethargic approach with the bat. Another 8 overs left and the way it's going, it's hard to believe that the visiting team will use all of them. 57 is the lowest ever BBL score, can Sixers avoid the humiliation of breaking that record?
B Doggett to Ben Dwarshuis, Angling away from the batsman, Ben allows it through to complete yet another successful over for the Thunder.
Ben Dwarshuis is the new batsman.
B Doggett to J Avendano, OUT! RUN OUT! A big mix-up and Tom Curran has to go as the batters had crossed. Good length delivery on middle, Avendano flicks it to mid-wicket and takes off for a single. Curran takes a start but is looking to go back. Avendano though smartly crosses past him and Curran is thrown under the bus. Nathan McAndrew parries it to the keeper and he whips the bails off. The last thing that the Sixers needed was a run out. Nothing going their way!
B Doggett to J Avendano, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
B Doggett to Tom Curran, HALES DROPS! He grants a life to his countryman. Doggett goes short with his length around middle, Curran tries to pull it across the line but is hurried up. It takes the top edge and balloons towards mid on. Hales charges forward and tries to catch it with a dive but fails to hold on. They cross for a run.
B Doggett to Tom Curran, Wicket to wicket line, fuller in length, Curran covers everything and pushes it in the direction of mid on. The mid-wicket fielder cuts it off in between.
B Doggett to Tom Curran, A length ball on middle, it's defended back to the bowler.
Brendan Doggett comes back on. 1-0-6-1 are his figures so far.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Angles in a good length ball on off, it's defended from the back foot to the leg side.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
N McAndrew to J Avendano, Beaten all ends up! There is certainly some movement on offer. McAndrew lands it close to the off stump line and gets it to move away ever so slightly. Avendano is on the back foot as he tries to defend but it whizzes past the outside edge.
N McAndrew to Tom Curran, Goes on the back foot to a shortish ball and hits it past point for a run.
N McAndrew to Tom Curran, Back of a length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
N McAndrew to Tom Curran, EDGY FOUR! Almost another bowler gets a wicket. McAndrew angles in a length ball around off and gets it to straighten from there. Curran has a gentle push inside the line and edges it behind. Lenton dives to his right but fails to reach the chance. It hurries behind and crosses the fence. The outfield is still quite quick in spite of all the rain.
Nathan McAndrew is into the attack.
D Sams to Tom Curran, Slower length ball on middle, Curran uses his wrists and works it towards the square leg umpire for a single.
D Sams to Avendano, Punched off the backfoot by Avendano. The batsmen have run through for a single.
D Sams to J Avendano, Short in length around off, Avendano hangs back and pulls it in front of square leg for a couple of runs.
D Sams to J Avendano, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
D Sams to Tom Curran, Good length delivery outside off, forced in the gap on the off side for a single.
Tom Curran is the new man in. He has played some vital knocks in this season of the BBL. Can he do it again?
D Sams to J Silk, OUT! And... Sams joins the party immediately. 57 is the lowest score ever in BBL and that's in danger now. Shortish length delivery outside off, Silk rocks back to slap it through the line but fails to keep it down. Khawaja at backward point makes no mistake and Sydney Sixers have now lost half their side. All the Thunder bowlers who have bowled so far have a wicket at least to their names.
Daniel Sams to bowl now. He has been brilliant this season and would like to join the party.
B Doggett to J Avendano, Excellent delivery, angling into the batsman around middle, landing on a good length and straightening a bit, Avendano covers the line and blocks it back with a straight bat.
B Doggett to J Silk, Back of a length delivery outside off, punched from the crease to covers for a single.
B Doggett to J Silk, Silk lets the ball go outside his off stump.
B Doggett to J Silk, FOUR! Easy pickings! Brendan delivers it full and on the pads, all Silk has to do is to get some bat behind it. He does that efficiently and fetches himself a boundary at fine leg.
B Doggett to J Avendano, Fullish delivery on middle and leg, it's clipped through square leg for a single.
Justin Avendano arrives in the centre.
B Doggett to J Vince, OUT! Soft dismissal! Doggett speeds in and arrows in a fuller length ball on middle, Vince tries to flick but it sticks a bit onto the surface and arrives late. Due to that reason, James mistimes his shot in the air and Morris at mid on accepts the simplest of catches. It's going from bad to worse for the visiting team.
Brendan Doggett to run in from the other end.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Back of a length ball on middle, pulled behind square leg for a single. Powerplay ends and the Thunder have the upper hand, 9/3 are the Sixers.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Whoa! What a delivery! Moving off the deck viciously. Extra bounce and movement from a length around off, Vince decides to leave it but it jags back in to strike him on the thigh pad.
G Sandhu to J Vince, On a good length around off, Vince stays back and defends it to the off side.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Sandhu delivers a slow short ball on middle, James turns and pulls it down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Good length delivery on off, pushed from the crease to point.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Angles in a length ball on off, Vince defends it back with a straight bat.
C Morris to J Silk, Lands it on a fuller length and close to off, Silk pushes it with an angled bat to point. One run and a wicket from the over!
The players are making their way out to the field after the resumption. Jordan Silk and James Vince follow the Thunder players. Chris Morris will finish his over.
Update 1959 Local - The covers have come off and we are not far away from a resumption. The match has been to reduced to 16 overs.
Update 1942 Local - The rain is back and the players are being sent off the field. The covers are coming on as well. Let's hope that we have another short delay and the match resumes as soon as possible.
C Morris to J Silk, Good length delivery outside off, this time Jordan allows it through safely.
C Morris to J Silk, A touch short around off, Silk pushes inside the line and gets it away off the outside edge. It falls short of gully.
Jordan Silk comes out to the middle.
C Morris to M Henriques, OUT! Beauty of a delivery! Morris dishes out a good length ball around off at 139.4 kph and gets it to bounce extra than usual. Henriques is once again hanging on the back foot and tries to defend. But it lifts extra off the surface, catches his gloves and flies behind. Lenton dives across to his right and grabs it superbly. The umpire has his finger raised as well and a disappointed Henriques leaves the middle after letting out a huge grunt. Big success for the Thunder and the Powerplay is only becoming better for them. A word of praise for the keeper there, he anticipated well that the ball won't carry to first slip and hence put in a timely dive to do the job.
C Morris to J Vince, Lands it on a fuller length around middle, Vince flicks it past the right side of the mid-wicket fielder for a run.
C Morris to J Vince, Lovely delivery! On a good length around off, holding its line a bit, Vince is caught on the back foot as he pushes inside the line and misses.
G Sandhu to M Henriques, Beaten all ends up! A length delivery outside off, skidding straight on after hitting the deck, Moises tries to drive without any footwork and gets beaten.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Good length ball close to off, Vince pushes it from the crease to covers. It rolls in the gap and they cross for a single.
The Thunder players are waiting near the boundary line. They are upbeat at the moment after a strong beginning and would be hoping to build on this fantastic start. Now, their players are walking back on the ground. MATCH HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 18 OVERS! Gurinder Sandhu to complete his unfinished over...
Update 1930 local - The covers are coming off! The light drizzle has stopped, not entirely though. We are hopeful for a resumption sooner rather than later. In 7 minutes time from now we will be getting underway again is the official confirmation. Stay tuned.
Update 1922 local - It has started to drizzle and the umpires are not taking any chances. They have called for the covers. Not looking too bad currently as the players are just waiting to leave the ground. Out come the covers to hide the playing area. The drizzle is picking up its intensity now as well. The forecast is not very promising, so let's just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Stay tuned for latest updates.
G Sandhu to J Vince, WIDE! Full delivery down the leg side, Vince looks to flick but misses. It is wided.
G Sandhu to J Vince, Good length ball outside off, Vince shoulders arms to this one.
G Sandhu to M Henriques, Fullish delivery outside off, Henriques drives it to the deep cover fielder to get off the mark with a single.
G Sandhu to M Henriques, BEATEN! Goes through him! Good length ball around off, Henriques looks to defend but it cuts him in half and the ball goes into the mitts of the keeper.
G Sandhu to M Henriques, WIDE! Good length ball way outside off, Henriques looks to drive but misses. It is signaled a wide.
Moises Henriques is the new man in.
G Sandhu to J Philippe, OUT! Sandhu strikes first ball! What a start for the Thunder! The Sixers are in early disarray. Gurinder comes up with a fuller length ball in the line of the stumps. Philippe shuffles across to flick it across the line but misses. He is trapped right in front of the wickets and the umpire has no hesitation in lifting his finger after the lbw shout is made. Big blow to the team in Magenta as their in-form batsman walks back cheaply.
Gurinder Sandhu to run in from the other end.
C Morris to J Vince, Very full delivery on middle, Vince pushes it back to the bowler.
James Vince is the new man in.
C Morris to D Hughes, OUT! RUN OUT! Very unlucky for Daniel Hughes! Bat got stuck onto the pitch. Short of a length ball outside off, Hughes looks to cut but it takes the inside half of the bat and rolls towards the off side. Hughes wants the single but is sent back. On turning back, his bat gets stuck on the ground making it difficult for him to make his way back to the crease. Morris goes after it and kicks it onto the stumps. No need to even go to the third umpire as Hughes was well out of his crease. Disappointing start for the Sixers. The replays further suggest that even if his bat would not have stuck on the ground, he would have been gone as he was late to turn and Morris was quick to the ball.
C Morris to D Hughes, Fullish delivery outside off, Daniel lunges and drives it to the cover fielder.
C Morris to D Hughes, Good length ball on off, Hughes defends it to the point region.
C Morris to D Hughes, Fullish delivery way outside off, Hughes lets the ball to go to the keeper.
C Morris to J Philippe, SIXERS ARE UNDERWAY! Good length ball on middle, Philippe gets off the mark by flicking this to mid-wicket for a single.
The game is all set to begin! The Thunder are making their way out to the ground followed by Josh Philippe and Daniel Hughes. Chris Morris will open the proceedings with the ball.
The Thunder have made one change. Jonathan Cook has been replaced by Gurinder Sandhu. Plenty of eyes would be on that fellow as well.
Sydney Thunder (Playing XI) - Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson(C), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton(WK), Nathan McAndrew, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe, Gurinder Sandhu (IN FOR JONATHAN COOK).
So, the big news for the Sixers is that the GOAT is playing tonight. Will he get any fodder?
Sydney Sixers (Playing XI) - Josh Philippe(WK), Justin Avendano, Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques(c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon (IN FOR BENJAMIN MANENTI), Steve O'Keefe.
BAT FLIP - The flip of the bat has gone Callum Ferguson's way. SYDNEY THUNDER ELECT TO CHASE.
WEATHER - The forecast is not looking that great for this game. It is not raining right now, but there is a heavy band of rain sweeping across Sydney. Can it come after 4 hours? In fact, as we type that, it has started to drizzle. The main cover is on.
Are we ready, folks for the second game of the double-header? It is the Sydney derby at the Showgrounds Stadium. The last time these two teams met, it was a thrilling tie which was won by the Sixers in the Super Over. What will be tonight's result? Whatever it be, let's hope for a cracker.
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