BBL 2022-23

Sydney Thunder end poor run with stunning win

Sydney Thunder managed to end their poor run in the ongoing Big Bash League with a stunning win over Brisbane Heat in Sydney on Tuesday (December 27). After their bowlers reduced Heat to just 121/6, Thunder openers hit blazing half-centuries to give their side a terrific 10-wicket win with more than eight overs to spare.

Thunder needed a morale-boosting win badly after losing three on the trot this season after winning their opening game. One of those three games saw them get bowled out for just 15. Even though the batting department staged a commendable fightback after that result, those performances had just not resulted in wins.

On Tuesday, they were up against a side that managed to register their first win of the season in their previous clash. However, Heat got off to a poor start losing Max Bryant for just 1. Runs were hard to come by right from the outset as Matt Renshaw and Sam Billings also departed for low scores. Colin Munro managed to fight alongside Jimmy Peirson but by the time they added 51 for the fourth wicket, Heat had almost batted out 15 overs with the run rate not getting anywhere closer to even six.

Thunder kept Heat in check throughout the innings and if not for a cameo right at the death from Xavier Bartlett, Heat would have struggled to breach 110, let alone post 121. Matthew Gilkes then set the tone early in the chase with three boundaries in the first two overs before Alex Hales got into the act with successive boundaries to round off the third over.

The boundaries just kept coming as Hales turned on the heat around the halfway mark as Thunder raced to 87/0 in just 10 overs. The result was pretty much a foregone conclusion from thereon as Gilkes then swatted Mitchell Swepson for three sixes and a four in a single over to bring up his fifty. In the very next over, Hales added three more boundaries to his tally to put Heat out of their misery.

Brief scores: Brisbane Heat 121/6 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 43. Xavier Bartlett 28*; Chris Green 2/14) lost to Sydney Thunder124/0 in 11.4 overs (Alex Hales 59*, Matthew Gilkes 56*) by 10 wickets

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