Sydney Thunder defeated Melbourne Stars by 15 runs on D/L method to open their account in the third game of BBL08 at Manuka Oval.
Asked to bat first, Thunder rode on Jason Sangha’s brilliant 63 off just 36 balls to post a mammoth total of 181/5. Englishman Jos Buttler and Skipper Shane Watson opened the innings for the home side and provided a decent start before both fell for 20 and 22 respectively.
Buttler was bowled by Adam Zampa while Watson became the first scalp of Nepalese prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane when the home side captain was caught at long on. Callum Ferguson and England Test skipper Joe Root tried to steer through the middle overs by accumulating runs but soon fell. Ferguson was caught and bowled by Lamichhane while Root was caught behind off Zampa.
Thunder were 99-4 inside 13 overs before Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams went berserk, adding 77 runs of 41 balls for the fifth-wicket partnership. Sams fell for 34 off 21 in the last over of the innings of the bowling of Dwayne Bravo while Sangha remained unbeaten on 63.
Zampa finished with the figures of two for 23 while Lamichhane returned with two for 36.
The drizzle during the innings break turned heavy just three balls into Stars’ innings. Play resumed approximately an hour later with a revised target of 90 in eight overs. What followed was a horrible show from Stars as they were reduced to 33 for five inside five overs. With 34 required in the last over, Nick Larkin showed some power-hitting but could only manage 17 runs.
The turning point in Stars innings was the second over where Daniel Sams removed Travis Dean and Glenn Maxwell. Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis all fell trying to slog it out of the park, leaving too much till the end.
Sams finished with three wickets for just five runs in two overs and was declared man of the match for his all-round show.
It was a clinical performance from Sydney Thunder but Melbourne Stars were undone by the rain. Stars next visit Hobart Hurricanes on December 24 while Thunder will host city rivals Sydney Sixers in the first leg of Sydney Derby the same day.