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Current Match Report – Sixers vs Thunder thirty fourth Match 2023/24

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Sydney Sixers 151 for 7 (Philippe 47, Silk 35, McAndrew 2-17) beat Sydney Thunder 132 (Warner 37, O’Keefe 3-13) by 19 runs

David Warner helicoptered into the SCG however he could not pilot Sydney Thunder to victory as their BBL marketing campaign got here to finish as Sydney Sixers overcame Steven Smith’s first ball-duck to stay heading in the right direction for second place with one other gritty defence of a low whole in entrance of a report crowd.

As has change into a trademark for Sixers, they made a middling rating a profitable one with an excellent show with the ball which was sparked by Steve O’Keefe’s double-wicket first over after Thunder’s chase was given a flying begin by Warner and Alex Hales. O’Keefe would later return to take away Warner for what turned a stodgy 37 to a cap a memorable night in entrance of 41,027 followers and was named participant of the match.

At 44 for 0 after the powerplay, Thunder had been on monitor chasing 152. However Hales was bowled by a supply that hardly bounced from the round-arm O’Keefe then Cameron Bancroft missed one which went via the gate.

On a difficult floor life turned very robust for Thunder and Warner was left making an attempt to carry the innings collectively however got here critically slowed down: he had been 15 off 7 early on earlier than ending with 37 off 39.

Sixers’ seamers used adjustments of tempo to wonderful impact and a key second got here when the harmful Ollie Davies skied to cowl shortly after scooping consecutive boundaries within the first of the facility surge with Daniel Sams additionally falling contained in the fielding restrictions.

O’Keefe, who will doubtless retire on the finish of the season, returned to say his third wicket when Warner tried to clear the rope. It’s all-but sure he’ll get one other outing on the SCG throughout the finals.

Warner and Smith had contrasting however equally showbiz build-ups to this sport; the latter was taking part in tennis with Novak Djokovic in Melbourne yesterday whereas Warner took to the skies in the present day to achieve the bottom from his brother’s wedding ceremony.

There was an enormous sense of disappointment across the crowd when Smith top-edged his first-ball pull and it landed within the arms of deep sq. leg. Nonetheless, it was not as if he owed Sixers too many runs having made 407 at 81.40 in his six earlier appearances over the past two seasons.

James Vince and Josh Philippe constructed steadily from there, though solely the latter was actually fluent. Vince fell when he swiped throughout a supply that stored low from debutant legspinner Toby Grey. Moises Henriques began brightly with two boundaries earlier than driving to mid-off as Sixers stuttered in the direction of the halfway level.

Legspinner Tanveer Sangha was once more very spectacular though his first wicket of Philippe got here with one among his worst deliveries when a brief supply was reduce to cowl. Jack Edwards then had his off stump shaved by Nathan McAndrew.

However Jordan Silk confirmed his worth with 35 off 29 balls and Ben Dwarshuis cleared the rope within the ultimate over to interrupt the 150 mark. Not for the primary time, it was sufficient for Sixers.


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