Sydney Thunder’s dream of extending their BBL06 is over after a suffering thumping 78 run defeat at the hands of the Adelaide Strikers.
A batting collapse of epic proportions at Spotless Stadium completely destroyed the Thunder’s hopes of making a late run at finals, with the home side losing their final seven wickets for just 22 runs.
The Thunder was 3/79 before Strikers’ leg spinner Ish Sodhi ripped through the middle order taking 6/11 off 3.3 overs.
Sodhi’s figures were the second best ever in BBL history, with the New Zealander named man of the match.
After being sent in to bat, the Strikers look shaky early as the bowling of Chris Green bamboozled openers Ben Dunk and Tim Ludeman.
Ludeman flew to 13 off as many balls before he was given out leg before wicket off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite.
The very next over Green again had Dunk struggling and would have claimed his wicket had it not been for a lapse of concentration by Brathwaite.
Dunk crunched the ball to Brathwaite at mid on, who dropped what can only be described as a sitter.
Dunk capitalised on the reprieve, combing with skipper Brad Hodge for a third wicket partnership of 98.
Hodge eventually fell to Shane Watson for a well-made 39 from just 32 balls.
Dunk pushed on slamming three sixes and five fours before he was bowled bt Watson for 65.
Kieron Pollard then went wild, blasting five massive sixes on his way to 47 from 22 balls, his highest score of BBL06.
Some tight bowling by the Thunder late in the innings restricted the Strikers to 5/178 off their 20 overs.
A maiden over from Michael Neser set the tone for the Thunder’s response as James Vince was soon back to the pavilion, caught behind for two.
Shane Watson and Kurtis Patterson combined for a 58 run partnership second wicket partnership before Watson fell for 39 off 26 balls.
Patterson’s dismissal (29 off 29 balls) a short time later spelled the end of the Thunder’s resistance as no other batsman passed double figures.