Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars to win Big Bash League

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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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IPL Auction 2015: Yuvraj Singh goes to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore

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Yuvraj Singh left out of NZ tour

Yuvraj Singh

He may not be a part of the cricket World Cup 2015 team, but allrounder Yuvraj Singh is still worth the money. Quite literally. The cricketer bagged a record Rs 16 crore (approx. $2.67 million) bid from the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. This is the second consecutive year when Yuvi has attracted a lucrative million dollar deal in the IPL.

The other million dollar purchases on Monday were Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for Rs 7.5 crore (approx $1.25 million.) and India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik Rs 10.5 crore (approx. $1.75 million). Angelo Mathews was purchased by Daredevils while Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Dinesh Karthik.

While Yuvraj became the most expensive buy so far in the IPL 2015 player auction, South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla, Sri Lankan players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene remained unsold in the marquee round of the auction.

The deepest pockets were those of Delhi Daredevils. The franchise was even involved in a bidding contest with Royal Challengers Bangalore for Yuvraj Singh. Yuvi was a part of RCB team last year (purchased for Rs 14 crore or approx. $2.33million) but was released ahead of the auction this time.

Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased some high profile English players like Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara. Hyderabad paid Rs 2 crore (approx. $330,000) for Pietersen – his base price, Rs 1.5 crore (approx. $ 250,000) for Morgan and Rs 1 crore (approx. $166,000) for Ravi Bopara. New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson was also bought by the Sunrisers for Rs 60 lakh (approx. $100,000) and fast bowler Trent Boult for Rs 3.8 crore ($633,000). The Sunrisers bought India’s Praveen Kumar for Rs 2.2 crore (approx. $366,000).

Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Irfan Pathan remained unsold.

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