Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder, Match 17

    Big Bash League, 2019/20 | Match 17 | Tuesday 31st December | 08:10
     Match Ended
    Adelaide Strikers
    165/9 (20.0) RR:8.25
    Sydney Thunder
    168/5 (20.0) RR:8.4
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    • Sydney ThunderSYT
    • Adelaide StrikersADS

    That's all from the Big Bash for 2019. The year finished with a thriller and it is Sydney Thunder who emerged victorious. They go on top of the points table courtesy of a better net run rate than Adelaide Strikers. The first day of the new year sees Brisbane Heat facing Perth Scorchers at the Carrara Oval. That match will begin at 1810 Local (0810 GMT). Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year. Cheers! Don't drink and drive.

    Callum Ferguson is the MAN OF THE MATCH for his 73 runs off 46 balls. Starts by admitting that they were nervous towards the end but he is happy that they came out on top after all the drama. Adds that it feels nice to contribute for the team and he is glad to be a part of such an amazing batting order. Goes onto say that it was an above par score and the bowlers did well to defend it.

    Sydney Thunders were good in the field, picking up regular wickets and keeping it tight most of the time. Nair, Morris and Sams picked up two wickets each. Sams went for 17 runs in his last over where he was carted away by Rashid but bowled well in the three overs before that. The spinners, Arjun Nair and Chris Green were miserly but Jonathan Cook was expensive in his two overs. They were given a real scare by Rashid Khan at the death but somehow managed to survive and hand Adelaide Strikers their first loss of the season.

    Chasing a target of 169, Adelaide Strikers suffered early setbacks and lost the top three wickets inside the Powerplay which included the big wicket of Alex Carey. From there, it was always a catch-up game for them. Jake Weatherald and Jonathan Wells tried to steady the ship with a 63-run stand and things started to return on track for the home team. But Wells fell against the run of play to put the Thunder back in the game. Once Jake Weatherald departed immediately in the next over, Adelaide Strikers were on the verge of losing the game by a big margin. With their backs to the wall and defeat looming large, Rashid Khan took the centre stage. 56 runs were required off 28 balls at that time and the Afghan went bonkers. It was complete mayhem as Khan stroked a scintillating 18-ball 40 and almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. His blitz with the bat brought the equation down from 31 needed in the last two overs to 14 needed off the last 6 to 5 needed off 2 balls. But the win was just not meant to be as Khan got run out on the penultimate ball.

    Phew! What a thriller to end the year! Nerves. Goosebumps. Increased heart rate. We have survived everything. Rashid Khan! What a package! Was at his all-round best in the last match and today in spite of flopping with the ball, the Afghan star stepped up and nearly produced a miraculous win for the Adelaide Strikers.

    Over: 20 | 10 Runs
    W 19.6
    Chris Morris to Wes Agar

    OUT! RUN OUT! A dot it is and Thunder manage to win this one. They almost succumbed to the counter-attack from Rashid. A yorker outside off, Agar moves towards the off side and looks to paddle it but misses out. The game is lost but Siddle still wants to steal a bye. He rushes across to the other end while his partner is outside the crease standing still, maybe in disappointment. He doesn't realize that the ball is still in play and he can be run out. But before he comes back to his senses and starts moving towards the non-striker's end, Morris collects the throw from the keeper and runs to take the bails off. SYDNEY THUNDER WIN BY 3 RUNS!

    Wes Agar comes in to face the last ball. He needs to hit a boundary here to win the game for his side. Can he be the hero?

    W 19.5
    Chris Morris to Rashid Khan

    OUT! RUN OUT! Rashid goes and the chance of winning the game for the Strikers takes a massive dive. A low full toss on middle, Khan flicks it towards deep square leg. He needs to return for the second to take strike on the final ball. Turns but drops his bat while completing the first run. Nair from deep gets to the ball quickly and throws it to the keeper. Gilkes whips the bails off and Rashid is well short. The Afghan maestro heads back to amidst a massive ovation from the crowd. He almost pulled it off for the Strikers with his cameo.

    4 19.4
    Chris Morris to Rashid Khan

    FOUR! Another boundary! What a gem of an innings this one has been from Rashid. A full ball outside off, this time the Afghan moves away to the leg side and carves it over point for a boundary. Pressure on Morris here. The equation is a lot easier now, 5 needed off 2 balls.

    4 19.3
    Chris Morris to Rashid Khan

    FOUR! Smart batting! Rashid Khan, you little beauty! A low full toss on middle, Rashid moves to the off side and paddles it past the short fine leg fielder. What a player! 9 needed off 3. Are we heading for a Super over?

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