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Hasnain Thunders Strikers with a magnificent debut

, Six Sports

Pakistan’s Muhammad Hasnain became a star for Sydney Thunder as he took 3 wickets in his debut for the team that helped them seal a 28-run victory over Adelaide Strikers.

He took his wickets in the second, third, and fifth balls of his first over, thus completing a maiden hat-trick, and finished with 3-20 off his four.

Matthew Gilkes also made 93 for Sydney Thunder and took their score to 172/7.

Innings story of the Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers’ three batters, Matthew Short, Jake Weatherald, and Jonathon Wells were scalped by the 21-year-old Pakistani bowler.

When the score was 50/3, with Matt Renshaw looking steady, his partner Henry Hunt came charging down the pitch but was stumped off Jason Sangha’s delivery.

Sangha again scalped a wicket in his next over as Renshaw gave a catch to deep mid-wicket and departed for 30 and the Strikers fell to 65/5.

Their next two batters, Harry Nielsen and Thomas Kelly somewhat stitched together the innings by having a 45-run partnership before Kelly got run out by a stunning direct throw from Gilkes and went for 19 and the score read 110/6.

For the Strikers, it was Nielsen who top-scored with 39, but the Strikers never made it to the target and were bowled out for 144.

Innings story of Sydney Thunder

Having won the toss and opting to bat first, Sydney Thunder scored 172/7 off their 20 overs.

Matthew Gilkes smashed the bowling of the Adelaide Strikers and made 93 off 57 balls in which nine fours and three sixes were included. He was earlier dropped by Rashid Khan.

The second batter for Thunder was Ben Cutting who played a quick knock of 34 from 25 balls.

Gilkes was batting brilliantly and was looking to score a century but was caught by a deep mid-wicket fielder.

Peter Siddle and Wes Agar took three wickets apiece.

This win takes Thunder to the third spot in BBL|11 points table while Strikers remain in the seventh spot with just one win.

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