In the 18th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Sydney Sixers defeated Melbourne Renegades in the last over thriller by 2 wickets at Carrara Oval in Queensland.
Chasing a challenging target of 169, Sixers had a decent start after Josh Philippe (48), and Jack Edwards (21) put together 53 runs for the opening wicket. Edwards was removed by Peter Hatzoglou in the 7th over, but Philippe kept on tickling the scoreboard.
Before the Sixers’ wicketkeeper-batsman could reach fifty, he was outdone by Renegades spinner Imad Wasim. After Philippe’s dismissal, Sixers lost a few more wickets in quick succession.
Then Jordan Silk (31) and Jason Holder stepped up to help their team. While Silk got dismissed in the 18th over, Holder held his end firmly as the game went to the wire where the Caribbean superstar took his side over the finish line. Holder scored a quickfire 18-ball 33 runs inning laced up with three fours and two sixes.
Shaun Marsh guides Renegades to 168/6
Earlier, Renegades opener Shaun Marsh’s tremendous knock of 67 helped his team get 168/6 against Sixers.
Marsh smashed five fours and two sixes. Renegades skipper Aaron Finch well assisted him with 39 off 32 balls.
Sam Harper and Mohammad Nabi made valuable contributions with 18-run each to take their side to a competitive score.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Jimmy Smith 🇦🇺 (@ThatJimmySmith) December 29, 2020
Jason Holder. That’s why he’s one of the best players in the world. #BBL10
— Adam White (@White_Adam) December 29, 2020
Jason Holder! What an innings! 33 off 18! Chased 15 off the last by himself with a ball to spare. The Sixers roll on
— Harrison (@indepthFandC) December 29, 2020
— Max Bryden (@max_smart) December 29, 2020
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 29, 2020
— Sydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) December 29, 2020
Jason Holder when 14 were required in 4 balls:
Finishes the game for Sydney Sixers with a ball to spare. Brilliant from Holder, he's improved alot in T20 cricket. pic.twitter.com/Gh7Ny30ZaF
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 29, 2020
Just a reminder that Josh Philippe is only 23 and going to be our next short form keeper😍😍😍
— joshua (@joshhowe101) December 29, 2020
Sydney Sixers need 16 from the final over – Jason Holder was on strike & he smashed 0,2,4,4,6 and finish the match with 2 wickets & 1 ball left. Holder smashed unbeaten 33 runs from 18 balls including 3 fours & 2 sixes in #BBL10
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 29, 2020
Josh Philippe 4,4,4,4,4 🔥
— Madan Reddy (@Madan1242) December 29, 2020
Jason Holder 👏👏👏, amazing win @SixersBBL
— Cian Davies (@CoachCian) December 29, 2020
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) December 29, 2020
— Kaustubh Mokal (@KaustubhMokal3) December 29, 2020
— Ed Gorton (@edgorton2) December 29, 2020
Fair to say Aaron Finch not impressed that Will Sutherland was 20 metres out of position 😂 #BBL10
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) December 29, 2020
Imad Wasim, first ball duck and now drops a relatively easy catch, after 0/35 and 3 runs the other night….not the best of #BBL10 starts…
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) December 29, 2020
Amazingly high ball catch by Ben Dwarshuis to dismiss Mohammad Nabi off Carlos Brathwaite. Based on my stopwatch, the ball was in the air for 6.53 seconds. Max height approx 52m. #BBL10 #smashemsixers @SixersBBL @FoxCricket @7Cricket
— David McKay (@DMcKay1971) December 29, 2020