Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars to win Big Bash League


Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder have won their maiden Big Bash League title by defeating Melbourne Stars in the final of the Australian T20 tournament. Sydney defeated Melbourne by three wickets in spite of Kevin Peterson’s blistering 39-ball-74.

Batting first, Melbourne Stars put up a total of 176 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs helped by Kevin Pietersen’s blistering 74 runs. Sydney Thunder (181 for 7) achieved the target with 3 balls to spare as in-form opener Usman Khawaja displayed his batting skills in his 40-ball-70 guiding the Thunders’ chase.

Sydney Thunder did lose quick wickets towards the end, but the pace set by openers Usman Khawaja and Jacques Kallis early in the inning proved enough to secure a victory.

In the end, a six by Ben Rohrer sealed the match in favour of the Thunders in 19.3 overs. This is a remarkable turnaround for Sydney team that was at the bottom of point table in three of the previous four editions of the BBL.

It seemed a big day for Sydney Thunder as the women’s team of the franchise also won the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.

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Shahid Afridi sixes seal victory for Pak against India



MIRPUR (BANGLADESH): Virat-Kohli-led Team India lost a nail-biting match against Pakistan in a crucial encounter of the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh yesterday. Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi sealed the match with two sixes in the last over reaching India’s total of 245 with two balls and one wicket remaining.

Indian stand-in skipper Virat Kohli however did not blame the bowlers and praised the fighting spirit of the players. He also defended his decision to bowl out the two fast bowlers before giving the ball to spinner R Ashwin for the last over of the match.

“I am really proud of the way the players showed character in the field and bowling while defending a total of 245,” Virat Kohli said at the post match press conference. Kohli admitted to mistakes and said that his team has been making such errors repeatedly and would look to rectify them.

The high-voltage match was pulled off by Afridi’s two consecutive sixes off Ravichandran Ashwin in the last over.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq praised Shahid Afridi for finishing off the game in style terming the victory an important one for his team’s confidence.

Pakistan reached India’s total of 245 runs with two balls and one wicket remaining. India, having lost two of its three matches, has virtually been put out of contention in the ongoing Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

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