Thunder thrash Hurricanes, Tanveer Sangha, strangled, 39 runs


The Sydney Thunder have pulled off a massive belting turnaround to thrash the Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs

The Hurricanes won the Bash Boost but the Thunder put the clamps on with the spinners wreaking havoc with five wickets.

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The Hurricanes were chasing 5/167 and got off to a great start to cruise to 2/91 off 11.3 overs before the match changed on a dime.

The world’s No. 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan hasn’t really been able to take off in the Big Bash and was bowled by Chris Green for 20 off 23 balls, sparking a collapse of 6/26 in 34 balls as the Thunder strangled the Hurricanes out of the match.

While Green got Malan, it was Tanveer Sangha that continued to make a name for himself with 2/29 off four overs, including Peter Handscomb stumped before Colin Ingram caught an under edge with his final ball.

It takes Sangha to 15 wickets as the 19-year-old rookie becomes the highest wicket taker in BBL|10.

With plenty of props for the youngster already, he is a name Australian cricket fans will need to remember.

 Ably supported by Arjun Nair’s 1/19 off three and Green’s 2/23 off four, it was another big win for the Thunder who left the Hurricanes needing 48 off the final over.

Hobart could only reach 8/128 off the 20 overs and the commentators were raving about the Thunder’s performance.

“It was between the nine over mark and the 12 over mark that they didn’t really go anywhere,” Brendan Julian said. “They just knocked it around and put pressure on the next batsman coming in if you lose wickets.”

Brad Haddin added: “That’s where the Thunder pounced, they brought their spinners on, you know they’ve got wicket taking options there with Tanveer Sangha now and they’ve strangled them. They’ve just totally strangled them out of the game.”

Earlier the Thunder started well with Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales putting 59 on before the first wicket in the seventh over.

But the wicket put the clamps on as the Thunder crawled to 3/74 at the 10 over mark before Usman Khawaja was dismissed for 49.

Ultimately what saved the side was the partnership of 57 between Alex Ross and Ben Cutting to close out the innings.

Ross’ 44 off 33 balls and Cutting’s 14-ball 31 set a competitive total, despite the commentators believing it wasn’t quite enough.

The Thunder now move to the top of the BBL table ahead of the Sydney Sixers.


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The Hobart Hurricanes are in the box seat after a good start.

At the 10 over mark, Hobart are ahead, having reached 2/77 to pass the Thunder’s mark.

But it’s tightened up with Dawid Malan bowled by Chris Green, while Peter Handscomb was stumped for 30 off 24 balls.

It made it 4/98 after 13.2 overs.

The Hurricanes still need 70 off 40 balls.

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The Sydney Thunder looked to be going huge but D’Arcy Short has proven to be a destroyer with the ball, taking 3/26 off his four overs.

It slowed the Thunder from 0/59 off 6.3 overs as they limped to 3/74 off 10 and needed a late cameo from Alex Ross with 44 not out off 33 balls and Ben Cutting’s 31 not out off 14 balls to get up to 5/167.

After looking like hitting 200, the Thunder will have plenty of work to do with the ball to stay in the game.

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14 overs in, the game has been left with a baffling moment.

After getting off to a great start, the Thunder’s run rate slowed to a crawl after D’Arcy Short was the destroyer with the ball, taking three wickets, including trapping Usman Khawaja for 49.

At 4/98, the bail inexplicably fell off.

On Fox Sports, Brett Lee spotted it but the umpires had to get to the bottom of the mystery.

It turns out it was knocked off by Hurricanes wicketkeeper Ben McDermott.

But after they realised the bail was dislodged, McDermott put his hand up.

Was he saying “my bad”, was he appealing?

On Channel 7, Brad Hodge believed it was an appeal.

“Has McDermott seriously just appealed for that or what? I mean, that’s ridiculous,” he said.

Brad Hodge ?️ “Has McDermott seriously just appealed for that or what? I mean, that’s ridiculous.”

— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 7, 2021

On Fox, Lee asked former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin if McDermott would have felt the bail getting knocked off.

“He would have felt that,” Haddin agreed.

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Sydney Thunder strike weapon Daniel Sams seems certain to miss his side’s BBL clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday night, with coach Shane Bond preferring to take a cautious approach with the concussed all-rounder.

Sams was hit in the helmet while batting for the Thunder against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Monday night.

He continued to bat but took no further part in his side’s bowling innings, with the Australian T20 representative missed in the Thunder’s five-wicket loss.

Despite Sams’ bowling absence being telling, Bond has no intention to rush him back, particularly with the Thunder well-placed near the top of the ladder with five wins from seven matches.

“He woke up pretty good but you have to be careful with the concussion stuff,” Bond said on Tuesday.

“It’s day by day and you definitely want to take a more conservative approach. We’ll just see how he shapes up over the next few days.

“There’s still a long way to go. We’re only seven games in. We want him to cone back and be fit. We can’t take any chances with the concussion stuff.

“It was a bit of a bummer for him to get knocked out. He’s playing so well.”

NCA Newswire

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