Stunning inning from Daniel Hughes helps the Sixers chase a 194 target with a wicket and ball
The match in one tweet: A BIG BASH CLASSIC! Hughes’ exploits overshadow Maxi-Pooran Show as Sixers again trumps stars # BBL10
The score: Melbourne Stars 5-193 (Maxwell 71no, Pooran 65; O’Keefe 2-13) lost to Sydney Sixers 9-194 (Hughes 96; Hatcher 3-33) by a wicket with one ball left
The Hero: Sixers captain Daniel Hughes produced the T20 innings of his career to claim a notable win from a Stars team that was far from home.
Hughes came to the kink at 2-5 on the second run and looked at the scoreboard. What lay ahead must have been exceptionally daunting: 188 out of 112 deliveries required. Hughes encounters a laid-back person tonight who found expression in serious serenity as he anchored a chase that always seemed out of reach of the Sixers.
But Hughes had other ideas. The left-hander traveled with a good clip, but increased the stake impressively towards the climax; with 38 out of 15 required, he went 4, 6, 6 and suddenly the Sixers were very much in the game, with equation 22 out of 12.
Even after a penultimate double wicket with two runs, Hughes did not give in. Of the first three balls of the final, he went 6, 4, 6 before getting caught on the Midwicket fence, leaving Steve O’Keefe to try to steal it for the Sixers.
The winner: O’Keefe did it! The experienced spinner swung with relish, he hit his pad and the ball ran for four through the free fine leg. Since the final, the Sixers had made 20 runs and won the most incredible match.
The drama: Most of the people watching on the ground and at home assumed that Stars’ bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile would throw the final over the innings until it was discovered that he had indeed off the ground (it was later revealed that he had done it) a slight calf strain) when the final had to be overcome. It meant Glenn Maxwell had to roll himself over, and Hughes took advantage of the confusion as Coulter-Nile watched from the dugout.
The side show: Your team is in ninth place 4-49 and faces the defending champions, whose attack swarms like disturbed wasps. Who do you want to bring together with the bat? If you answered – or you didn’t – « Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran » you have perhaps the most colorful partnership that BBL | Enjoyed 10.
Maxwell settled in his innings and then went on to do Maxwell things – going down the wicket to Dan Christian’s media, seemingly changing his shot in mid-stroke and still clearing the line.
But the Australian superstar was almost comforted by Pooran, who was nothing short of spectacular in his first BBL innings. After four runs of five balls, Pooran was hit in the helmet by a short ball from Gurinder Sandhu. It must have awakened him from his sleep; Of the next eight balls he faced, Pooran went 6, 6, 6, 4, 6, 6, 2, 6 for a total of 42 runs.
Both batsmen hit their half-century at a maximum – normal, actually – and although Pooran was knocked out before the end of the innings and left a trail of memorable punches, Captain Maxwell ended up unbeaten and plundered the final ball over the ropes.
The Surge: See above. Maxwell and Pooran. Impressive. Only 49 runs then; the highest since the implementation of the new rule for BBL | 10.
The head scraper: O’Keefe has the most wickets in BBL | 10, and the left arm tweaker was in the process of weaving another net at Metricon when Maxwell and Pooran got together. In fact, he had 2-13 out of two overs. And that was the last time we saw him at the bowling fold. Of the next 11 overs, the stars hammered 137 runs.
The incident: Gee Whiz, poor referee Phil Gillespie did well to recover quickly from this one
The statistics: Maxwell in his five T20 inns in Metricon Stadium: 276 runs, 167 SR, 92 ave, 18 sixes.
The next stops: The Sixers are in three days (29. December) back at Metricon to compete against the Renegades, while the Stars play against Thunder in Canberra later that evening.
Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars, Cricket, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Hughes, Twenty20, West Indies Cricket Team
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