Perth, Melbourne, Hobart impressive in first week of BBL
The first week of the Big Bash League 2016 saw Hobart Hurricanes, Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades remain unbeaten while Sydney Sixers also managed a win. Here is Cricket World's review on the first week of the tournament.
Defending champions off to poor start:
Sydney Thunders struggled to get going this season as they lost both their games this week. In they opening game they succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat against Sydney Sixers after skipper Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes scored an unbeaten 76 and 54 respectively.
In their next game, they failed to chase a total of 180 against Melbourne Renegades, whose total of 179 was powered by a 37-ball 63 from their skipper Aaron Finch.
Brisbane Heat hold their nerve in tight win:
After a powerful batting performance from Jimmy Peirson, Brendon McCullum and Alex Ross powered Brisbane Heat for 206, Adelaide Strikers lost their way despite a strong opening stand from Jake Weatherald and Ben Dunk. Batting collapse in the final five overs saw Adelaide Strikers fall short by 11 runs making it the most closely contested encounter of the week.
Impressive three in table:
After Renegades domination early in the week, Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers too started their tournament with a bang in their opening game to occupy the top three places in the table. The Hurricanes crushed Sydney Sixers by 60 runs riding on blistering start by Tim Paine and D'Arcy Short while Perth Scorchers came with an all-round effort to hand a 48-run defeat to Adelaide Strikers.
Best Match Turning Performance of the Week:
Alex Ross: The 24-year-old scored a 36-ball 64 for Brisbane Heat in the second game against Adelaide Strikers that helped his team add almost 50 runs in the last three overs to take them past the 200-run mark. He smashed six boundaries and four sixes in it and had a strike-rate of over 175. Eventually his team managed to win by just 10 runs.
Best Batting Performance of the Week:
Moises Henriques was instrumental in his Sydney Sixer's nine-wicket win over Sydney Thunders in the opening game. He was dropped when he was on duck but made full use of the reprieve as he smashed an unbeaten 41-ball 76 which included seven boundaries and a six to take his team through in a chase of 160.
Best Bowling Performance of the Week:
Mitchell Johnson marked his debut in the Big Bash League with a tremendous performance against Adelaide Strikers. He picked key wickets of Brad Hodge, Kieron Pollard and Michael Neser and ended up with figures of 33 for three in the four overs to help his team register a 48-run win.
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