Fawad Ahmed spins Thunder to convincing eight-wicket win against Sixers
Sydney Thunder 100-2 (Patterson 38no) beat
Sydney Sixers 99-9 (Ahmed 4-14) by eight wickets
25th match, Big Bash League, Sydney Cricket Ground
Fawad Ahmed's four wicket haul for 14 runs nicely set up Sydney Thunder's convincing eight-wicket win against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG stadium on Saturday in the Big Bash League clash.
The Sydney Sixers after winning the toss opted to bat first.
Michael Lumb (11) although started his innings in an emphatic fashion by smacking Clint McKay (0-21) for a couple of boundaries, Chris Green (1-17) got the best of him by getting one past his attempt to cut him through the off side.
Thunder skipper Shane Watson (1-16) got rid of Daniel Hughes (20) on the fifth ball of the sixth over by trapping him LBW right in front of the stumps.
Some quality leg-break from Fawad Ahmed completely wrecked Sixers' innings. His dual strikes in the ninth over saw Nic Maddinson (7) and Moises Henriques (13) getting out in similar fashion.
Carlos Brathwaite in the very next over for rid of Brad Haddin (4) who too played a needless slog to throw his away his wicket.
Ahmed then got rid of Colin Munro (1) in the 11th over as the Sixers slumped to 59 for six. He finished his quota of overs with match winning figures of four for 14.
Sean Abbott (4) found Brathwaite at mid wicket as he flat batted a slog in the 13th over to give Ahmed his fourth wicket.
Brathwaite got his second when he got one through defenses of Johan Botha (3) in the 14th over as the home side slumped further to 67 for eight. He ended his bowling stint with impressive figures of three for 21 from his four overs.
Nathan Lyon (9) hung around for a while before he miscued a slog off Brathwaite's bowling in the 18th over.
Ben Dwarshuis with an unbeaten 19 got his team somehow to 99 as the visitors ended up setting a easy 100 runs target for the Thunders.
James Vince and Kurtis Patterson came out all guns blazing for the thunders by compiling a 54-run opening stand in five overs.
Sean Abbott provided the breakthrough for Sixers by getting rid of Vince on 28 after the right-hander mistimed a pull to Jackson Bird at short fine leg.
Abbott in the very same over then got rid of Watson (4), who pulled it straight into laps of Botha at deep square leg.
However, Patterson along with Ben Rohrer kept motoring on as the duo added 41 runs in just 24 balls. Patterson remained unbeaten on 38 while Rohrer added quick-fire unbeaten 26.
The convincing eight wicket win has helped Thunder to remain alive in their bid to secure a play-off spot.
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