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Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Knockout

Big Bash League, 2019/20 | Knockout | Saturday 1st February | 08:40
 Match Ended
Adelaide Strikers
143/9 (20.0) RR:7.15
Sydney Thunder
151/7 (20.0) RR:7.55
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That's the end of this game. Sydney Thunder will now face Melbourne Stars to decide who will meet Sydney Sixers in the final. Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, bow out of this tournament. They had a terrific league stage but could not cross the final hurdle. Join us for the Challenger on 6th February, 2020 which is going to be played between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars at 1940 local (0840 GMT). Until then, cheers!

For his superb batting performance, Alex Hales is named the Man of the Match. Hales says it is an incredible feeling. Tells that it was a good wicket to bat on but credits his bowlers as they took the game deep and won it for them. Says he was in good touch throughout the tournament but had a few low scores which he feels can happen in a tournament like this. On the catch going down, Hales says Sams thought he (Hales) called for it but he did not. Tells Stars have a squad of superstars but also adds they (Adelaide Strikers) have a good squad to upset them.

Earlier, in the game, Adelaide Strikers did decently well to restrict the team from Sydney to a below-par score of 151. Peter Siddle was the pick of the bowlers with others supporting him well. Only Alex Hales came out with flying colours for the Thunder as he played a terrific innings of 59. Travis Head-led side would have fancied to chase down the target but they faltered at crucial moments to end up on the losing side.

Adelaide Strikers will be utterly disappointed with their performance. They lost the wickets of Philip Salt and Jake Weatherald quickly. Travis Head also departed after getting a start. Then came the partnership between Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells. They were nearing victory when those two were around, but Carey's run out changed the game. They collapsed dramatically and ended up losing the game and bowing out of the tournament.

The bowling was superb by Sydney. Daniel Sams led the way with a brilliant three-fer and he was well supported by Jonathan Cook and Chris Morris. Brendan Doggett and Chris Tremain were disappointing while Arjun Nair bowled only two overs. The full credit has to go to their fielding, they were excellent in the field and that run out from Callum Ferguson was the highlight.

What was the turning point of this game? It surely has to be the run out of Alex Carey by Callum Ferguson. Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells were cruising at one stage and the Strikers required 37 runs from 30 balls. But Ferguson's spirited effort to run Carey out turned the tide and the Thunder eventually held their nerves to win the game by 8 runs.

What a match we have witnessed! At the end of it all, Sydney Thunder come out as the winners and they will face Melbourne Stars in the Challenger. When Carey and Wells were going strong, it looked like that Sydney will not be able to win this game. But they pulled a rabbit out of the hat and take one step closer to the final.

Over: 20 | 4 Runs
1 19.6
Chris Morris to Wes Agar

That is it! Thunder have won it! Full on off, Agar cannot do anything but just stroke it towards long off and take a single. SYDNEY THUNDER WIN BY 8 RUNS!

0 19.5
Chris Morris to Wes Agar

Swing and miss. Full outside off, it is almost a yorker. Agar swings his bat but misses. Thunder cannot win this unless Morris bowls an illegitimate delivery.

2 19.4
Chris Morris to Wes Agar

In the air... and that's the game. Oh no! It is not! The ball has fallen right between long on and deep mid-wicket. Full ball on off, Agar looks to heave it on the leg side but mistimes it. The ball goes high in the air. Daniel Sams comes running from deep mid-wicket, Hales comes from long on. It is right between them. They think the other one will go for the catch and both of them do not. The balls falls right between them and the batter takes a couple.

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