Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sydney Thunder begin campaign with commanding win. Sams picked dup three wickets to restrict Heat to 140/8.
Sams picked dup three wickets to restrict Heat to 140/8.
Sydney Thunder got off to a perfect start in the 2021-22 Big Bash League campaign with a commanding win over Brisbane Heat at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Thunder's pace trio first did their bit with the ball before Sam Billings and Alex Ross got the job done with the bat despite a wobbly start.
Thunder's decision to opt to bowl proved to be the right call as Nathan McAndrew struck early by getting rid of a struggling Max Bryant. Dangerman Chris Lynn then hit one firm straight to the man at short cover to leave Heat struggling at 16/2. Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett then steadied the ship and ensured there wasn't a collapse. The two batters went on to add 83 runs in 11 overs to set up a strong platform before Thunder struck back.
Heazlett was the first to fall for 42 and then Gurinder Sandhu bagged two wickets in the same over. Losing three wickets in the space of 10 deliveries completely drained the momentum out of Heat's innings as they lost their way to post only 140 on the board. The pace trio of Sams, Sandhu and McAndrew shared seven wickets between them.
Despite having momentum on their side, Thunder got off to a poor start themselves. Alex Hales, the highest run-getter last season, fell for a duck in the opening over of the chase and then Liam Guthrie removed Sam Whiteman and Matthew Gilkes in the space of three deliveries to leave Thunder tottering at 32/3.
However, Heat couldn't capitalise on that start and allowed the momentum to drift away. Billings joined forces with Ross as the two batters turned the tide in Thunder's favour again. Ross was the aggressive amongst the two as he even cleared the ropes twice and ended up making an unbeaten half-century. Billings too managed to keep the scorecard ticking as the two batters put on more than 100 for the fourth wicket to complete the chase with 17 balls left to spare.
Brief scores: Brisbane Heat 140/8 in 20 overs (Ben Duckett 46, Sam Heazlett 42; Daniel Sams 3-22, Gurinder Sandhu 2-17) lost to Sydney Thunder141/3 in 17.1 overs (Alex Ross 61*, Sam Billings 45*; Liam Guthrie 2-32) by 7 wickets