Sydney Thunder has secured a thrilling 8-run win over the Adelaide Strikers to progress to the next round of the KFC Big Bash League finals series.
Englishman Alex Hales continued his brilliant form at the top of the order, smashing 59 runs from 35 deliveries to lead Thunder to a competitive total of 151 at Adelaide Oval.
Golden Arm Daniel Sams got the early breakthrough in the second innings, combining with Hales to dismiss Phil Salt.
Through Alex Carey and Jonathan Wells, the Strikers appeared on track for victory at 3/115 chasing 152 before Callum Ferguson nailed a game-changing run out.
The run out of the Strikers skipper sparked a batting collapse as the home side 5/24 and Thunder held on to win a nail-biter at Adelaide Oval.
Thunder stuck with the same XI that overcame the Hobart Hurricanes in the Eliminator, while the Strikers also made no changes to its line up that narrowly lost its final regular season game.
Thunder: Callum Ferguson (C), Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain
Strikers: Alex Carey (C), Wes Agar, Travis Head, Rashid Khan, Michael Neser, Phil Salt, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
Another brilliant half-century under pressure takes his season tally to 568 runs at an average of 40.57 and strike rate of 147.92. What a star.
Daniel Sams was the best of the bowlers, taking 3/26 from his four overs.
The left-arm quick showed exactly why he's the competition's Golden Arm, holding his nerve to take 2/5 from the nineteenth over.
2/5 from that over. Absolutely clutch from Samsy.— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) February 1, 2020
Strikers need 13 from 6 to win. Morris has the ball. #ThunderNation
THE NEXT STOP
Thunder head to Melbourne to take on the Stars in the Challenger Final on Thursday night, with the winner set to progress to the Final against the Sixers at the SCG.