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BBL 21-22: Scintillating Sangha takes Thunder to the top

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Sydney Thunder’s Jason Sangha starred with both bat and ball as the former beat Adelaide Strikers on New Year’s Eve.

Having made his career-best score of 91 not out and taking his maiden wicket of KFC BBL, he ensured that Thunder beat the Strikers by 22 runs.

Sydney Thunder scored 187/3 while the Strikers could only manage 165/7.

Sangha was earlier trapped on the boundary for 13 but got a lifeline as it was signaled by the third umpire that Matt Short’s heel had touched the rope.

BBL 21-22: Scintillating Sangha takes Thunder to the top, Six Sports

Jason Sangha smashed the Strikers’ bowlers Peter Siddle (1-47) and George Garton (0-47).

He was well supported by young batter Oliver Davies who smashed a six off Rashid Khan (0-23) that made the latter fume.

BBL 21-22: Scintillating Sangha takes Thunder to the top, Six Sports

The pair smashed 79 runs off the last five overs and 119 runs off the last nine overs and put Thunder right on top of the Strikers.

Sangha took his maiden wicket of Tom Kelly (1) with his third ball.

Strikers’ batsman Jonathon Wells tried to keep his team’s ship afloat, but he too was taken and could not continue his salvo of 46 from 26 balls. Thunder’s bowlers Daniel Sams (4-33) and Saqib Mahmood (2-35) ensured that Strikers never could reach the target.

BBL 21-22: Scintillating Sangha takes Thunder to the top, Six Sports
BBL 21-22: Scintillating Sangha takes Thunder to the top, Six Sports

But this wasn’t an easy win for the visitors. Thunder was lacking three key players in their squad due to COVID-19. Alex Ross, Alex Hales, and Tanveer Sangha missed the match.

Thus, it was imperative that both teams remain separate from each other.

The change of circumstances forced Ben Cutting to become opener for his team but he handled the responsibility well and so did Sangha who was drafted into the side. Oliver Davies too played his part to perfection.

After the departure of Sam Billings in the 14th over, it looked like the Strikers would win the game, but it was Sangha and Davies who took the Thunder’s through.

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