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BBL 2021-22: Sydney Thunder conquer Scorchers once again

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Sydney Thunder gave a brilliant all-round show against the table-toppers Perth Scorchers as their paceman Gurinder Sandhu picked up the third hat-trick of his career.

The Scorchers remain at the top of the table with 29 points and just two defeats and that too against Sydney Thunder.

Thunder are now at the third position of the table with 23 points after this six-wicket win on the Gold Coast.

BBL 2021-22: Sydney Thunder conquer Scorchers once again, Six Sports

There was a rain delay earlier in the match that caused the game to be reduced to 18 overs.

Sandhu’s 4-22 put the Thunder right into the game as they restricted the Scorchers to 133/9.

BBL 2021-22: Sydney Thunder conquer Scorchers once again, Six Sports

Under the DLS method, the Thunder required only 135 runs for victory.

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Matthew Gilkes and Alex Hales started things for the Thunder.

BBL 2021-22: Sydney Thunder conquer Scorchers once again, Six Sports

Next, Jason Sangha continued his excellent form in this match as well, as he slapped two massive sixes in his innings of 34 from 26 balls.

When he got out, he was replaced by Ollie Davies, another star batter for the Thunder who again smashed two sixes of his own. He was run out by Andrew Tye but at that point, the Thunder needed only four runs.

Sam Billings sealed the game with a straight four and remained unbeaten on 19 from 11 balls.

BBL 2021-22: Sydney Thunder conquer Scorchers once again, Six Sports

England players Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, and Saqib Mahmood will return to England to participate in their national side’s tour of the Caribbean.

Due to border restrictions at Queensland, Mohammad Hasnain was prevented from playing in this match.

Gurinder Sandhu became the first Australian to pick up two List-A hat-tricks.

His first hat-trick came against Victoria in the Marsh Cup final and his second was against South Australia in a 50-over match. Both of these came in November.

His third hat-trick came against the Scorchers after he trapped their trio of Colin Munro (18 off 20 balls), Aaron Hardie (4), and Laurie Evans (20) in consecutive deliveries.

Munro fell in the last ball of the 12th over when he gave his catch straight to cover.

In the 16th over, Hardie holed out too deep while Evans hit a skier that gave Sandhu his hat-trick.

Only Ashton Agar (22 off 10 balls) fended off Sandhu and ensured he didn’t get four wickets in four balls. He was the only Scorcher to strike the ball consistently.

Chris Green (1-9 off two overs) combined perfectly with Sandhu to stop Scorchers in their tracks.

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