In the 26th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Sydney Sixers defeated Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets at Carrara Oval in Queensland on Sunday. The victory has taken Sixers to sit at the top position in the points table.
Chasing a target of 151, Strikers had a decent start after Josh Philippe, and Jack Edwards put together 47 runs for the opening wicket. Rashid Khan provided the first breakthrough for Strikers after he cleaned up Edwards for 14.
Rashid did not just stop there as he shattered Philippe’s defence in the seventh over when the wicketkeeper-batsman was on 41. Soon, skipper Daniel Hughes (12) was adjudged leg-before-wicket by Rashid in the eleventh over.
Then, James Vince (45 not out) and Jordan Silk (38 not out) took charge and completely steamrolled all the hopes of Strikers winning the game. The pair stitched an unbeaten 71-run partnership for the fourth wicket to take their side over the finish line.
Earlier, Jonathan Wells played a handy knock of 66 runs off 56 deliveries to take Strikers at a competitive total of 150/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Wells smashed eight boundaries during his valuable inning.
Apart from Wells, Jake Weatherald and Strikers’ captain Alex Carey made descent contributions with 34 and 31 runs, respectively.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Sydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) January 3, 2021
This had all the hallmarks of a spell where Rashid might get 0-15 off 4 as Sixers attack other bowlers.
What a bowler #bbl10
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 3, 2021
Honestly someone find out what they’re putting in the water of the spinners in Afghanistan. How blessed we are to watch the likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman play over here in our league. #BBL10
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) January 3, 2021
— Thomas Sutcliffe (@aspitweets) January 3, 2021
Rashid Khan is a genuine delight to watch #BBL10
— Liahm O'Brien (@LiahmO_Writing) January 3, 2021
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 3, 2021
Josh Philippe has taken the lead in the BKT Golden Bat. We're gonna need to find that man a hat #BBL10
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 3, 2021
Hope Josh Philippe gets more of a go in first class cricket. He seems to have quite a good batting stance, could average 35+ as a keeper/batsmen. #BBL10
— Sandy Lanceley (@sandylanceley) January 3, 2021
— Rakesh Gajbhiye (@RakeshG66518638) January 3, 2021
English 'talent' James Vince is batting well and winning the match for his team.thats a surprise.
— Aravind (@netcitizen) January 3, 2021
— Mr 420 (@vkfanboy_) January 3, 2021
Josh Philippe is such Steve Smith
— renday (@reneeburgess09) January 3, 2021
James Vince 👌pic.twitter.com/CrUFpJsxP9
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) January 3, 2021