BBL 2017/18 28th Match: Hughes stars as Sixers claim first win in last-ball thriller

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Daniel Hughes walloped four boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 66

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Sydney Sixers opener Daniel Hughes smashed an unbeaten 66 to lead his side to a nail-biting eight-wicket win over the Sydney Thunder.

With the Sixers winning off the last ball of the match, they finally secured their first win of the Big Bash League (BBL) season and now occupy second-last place on the standings. The Thunder, meanwhile, are one spot above them.

Being put in to bat first, the Thunder made a brisk start to their innings before opening batsman Usman Khawaja was given out lbw off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite for eight runs.

Thunder captain Shane Watson only made three runs before he was clean bowled by Sean Abbott.

James Vince, who opened the batting with Khawaja, fell shortly after for 34, while Callum Ferguson only mustered seven runs before being dismissed by Moises Henriques.

Chris Green took over from that point as he dominated the 59-run partnership he put together with Arjun Nair.

Nair ended up being removed for 17, while Green went on to score 49 off 27 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes.

Thanks to Green, the Thunder finished on 156/6 off their 20 overs.

Henriques was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Brathwaite, Abbott and Nathan Lyon chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 157 to win, the Sixers got off to a fantastic start as Joe Denly and Hughes forged a 69-run partnership before Denly was clean bowled by Fawad Ahmed for 43, which came off 29 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.

Hughes and Nic Maddinson kept the runs flowing with a 58-run stand, during which Hughes brought up his fifty, before Maddinson was sent packing by Nair for 28.

With the Sixers’ run rate beginning to slow down, they found themselves requiring nine runs to win off the final over.

Green conceded seven runs off the first five balls, which left the Sixers needing two runs to win off the last ball of the match.

Henriques got the job done and snapped the Sixers’ winless streak as he pulled the last ball of the match wide of long-off.

Hughes finished on 66 off 55 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, while Henriques remained undefeated on 18 off 13 deliveries, which included a lone boundary.

Fawad and Nair claimed one wicket each.

Green was named Man of the Match.

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