BBL 2016/17 29th Match: Sodhi’s six-for knocks Thunder out

Sodhi’s figures of 6-11 are the second-best in BBL history

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Ish Sodhi ripped through the Sydney Thunder’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul to not only lead the Adelaide Strikers to a consolation 77-run win, but also leave the defending champions with no hope of reaching the semi-finals of the Big Bash League (BBL).

Being put in to bat first, the Strikers lost opener Tim Ludeman early on, but Ben Dunk and captain Brad Hodge made up for it with a 92-run partnership, during which Dunk surpassed his half-century.

With the Strikers having firmly put themselves in the driver’s seat, the Thunder clawed their way back into contention, starting with the dismissal of Hodge for 39.

Following Hodge’s departure, the Strikers lost wickets at regular intervals, which included that of Dunk, who ended up scoring 65 off 40 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes.

Dunk struck five boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 65

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Thanks to a quickfire 47 from Kieron Pollard, the Strikers went on to finish on 178/5 off their 20 overs.

Thunder captain Shane Watson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Carlos Brathwaite chipped in with one.

Chasing 179 to win, the Thunder were dealt an early blow as Pollard sent opener James Vince packing for just two runs.

Kurtis Patterson and Watson spearheaded the Thunder’s recovery as the duo put together a 58-run stand before Watson was removed by Jake Lehmann for 39.

Patterson ended up making 29 before Sodhi came in and sliced through the middle and lower order.

The Thunder were left shellshocked as Sodhi’s constant strikes led them going from 79/3 to being bowled out for 101.

Sodhi was easily the most successful bowler with his six wickets, while Lehmann, Pollard and Liam O’Connor claimed one wicket each.

Sodhi was named Man of the Match.

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