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Sodhi's six-wicket haul sends Sydney Thunder crashing out of BBL

Ish Sodhi picked six wickets for Adelaide Strikers
Ish Sodhi picked six wickets for Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers 178-5 (Dunk 65) beat
Sydney Thunder 101 (Sodhi 6-11) by 77 runs
29th match, Big Bash League, Sydney Showground Stadium

Ish Sodhi registered the best figures for an Adelaide Strikers bowler as his six-wicket haul helped his team register a massive 77-run win in the 29th match of Big Bash League against Sydney Thunder at Sydney Showground Stadium on Wednesday.

Sydney Thunder won the toss and opted to field first. A cautious start from Adelaide Strikers saw them score just 17 runs in the first three overs. However, Carlos Brathwaite (1-33) provided the initial breakthrough when he trapped Tim Ludeman (13) LBW and in the next over Ben Dunk (65) was dropped.

With a six and a four, Adelaide Strikers ended the powerplay at 48 for one.

In the 10th over, Dunk smashed another six and a boundary to reach his fifty off 25 deliveries and by the halfway mark, the Strikers reached 89 for one.

After a 92-run stand with Dunk, Brad Hodge (39) was caught at deep midwicket off Shane Watson (2-42). Even though Sydney Thunder picked wickets of Dunk and Jake Lehmann (4), a blistering 22-ball knock from Kieron Pollard (47) which included five sixes ensured the visitors reached 178 for five in the 20 overs.

Even though, Sydney Thunder lost James Vince (2) early in the chase, Watson (39) struck six boundaries and a six to take them to 52 for one by the end of powerplay.

Lehmann (1-5) provided respite for Thunder when Watson was caught down the ground and from there on they never recovered as Sodhi (6-11) picked a six-wicket haul and dismissed the home team for just 101.

The result also means, both the teams are out of the tournament. Sodhi bagged the player of the match.

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