Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain who was signed up by Sydney Thunder just recently, had an impressive outing in his very first game in the Big Bash League as he took three wickets in four balls and broke the back of the Adelaide Strikers top order to derail their chase. Eventually, the Strikers couldn’t just recover from it and lost the game by 28 runs.
The chase was started by the Adelaide openers Jake Weatherald and Matthew Short in a brisk fashion, racing to 24 in just 12 balls. However, with Hasnain into the attack in his very first over, things changed drastically. He first removed Short with a short of a length ball which the batter pouched to deep square leg and then on the very next ball, a booming outswinger saw the back of left-handed Weatherald who was adjudged Leg Before Wicket.
On a hattrick, he bowled a fuller ball, but it was navigated well by Jonny Wells. But it wasn’t all too well for Wells as he hit the very next ball to diving short mid-wicket, placed exactly for the pacey bouncer. That over by the 21-year-old was game-changing as recovery from there looked very difficult.
Initially, Matt Renshaw and then Thomas Kelly and Harry Nielsen hit 30, 19 and 39 respectively to sail the sinking Strikers ship to respectability before they were all out for 144 eventually. For Thunder, Jason Sangha and Saqib Mahmood picked two wickets each apart from the three from Hasnain.
Earlier in the evening, it was the Matthew Gilkes show at the Sydney Showground Stadium. The left-hander went on a roll right from the time Thunder decided to bat first after winning the toss.
Gilkes hit nine fours and three sixes to score 93 off just 57 balls before getting out on the gift ball of the last over. However, he was the lone rider as apart from Ben Cutting no other Thunder batter could get going as the team could reach up to only 172 in their 20 overs at the loss of seven wickets.
For Strikers, Wes Agar and Peter Siddle picked three wickets each while Rashid Khan had one to his name. With this win, the Thunder cleared Hobart Hurricanes to march up to the third position in the points table with 18 points to their name, one more than the hurricanes.