Buttler, bowlers help Thunder return back to winning ways

Jos Buttler came up with a match-winning performance
Jos Buttler came up with a match-winning performance

Sydney Thunder 166-5 (Buttler 67) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 109 (Doolan 34) by 57 runs
11th match, Big Bash League, Launceston

Jos Buttler scored a blistering 67-run knock and was well backed by a combined effort from the bowlers as Sydney Thunder bounced back from two consecutive defeats to win the 11th game of the Big Bash League against Hobart Hurricanes by 57 runs in Launceston.

Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bowl first. Kurtis Patterson (15) scored three consecutive boundaries in the second over to set the proceedings but was dismissed in the third by Jofra Archer (1-22).

Buttler (67) and Shane Watson (41) upped the ante a bit with three boundaries and a six to take the score to 49 for one in the powerplay.

Even though the introduction of Cameron Boyce (0-32) slowed things down a bit, Watson and Buttler brought their 50-run stand off 45 deliveries and at halfway mark, Sydney Thunder were placed 74 for one.

Buttler reached his half-century in an eventful 12th over in which he struck four sixes but his 41-ball brilliance finally ended when he was castled by Clive Rose (2-20) in the 14th over.

An indecision in running saw the back of Watson and Hobart Hurricanes made a terrific comeback in the final five overs where they conceded just 30 runs to restrict Sydney Thunder to 166 for five.

In the chase, Alex Doolan (34) tried to give a solid start but he lacked support from the rest of the batsmen as Hobart Hurricanes were reduced to 75 for seven at one stage and were eventually bowled out for 109 in 19.3 overs.

Chris Green (2-30), Gurinder Sandhu (2-29), Mitchell McClenaghan (2-19), Arjun Nair (2-17) and Fawad Ahmed (2-14) all picked two wickets apiece for the Thunder.

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