BBL 2018/19 17th Match: Buttler stars as Thunder hold off Scorchers in nail-biting finish

Jos Buttler 55 Sydney Thunder Perth Scorchers Big Bash League BBL 17th Match cricket

Jos Buttler hit four boundaries and a six during his knock of 55

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Jos Buttler struck an entertaining 55 as the Sydney Thunder secured a thrilling one-run win over the Perth Scorchers.

Choosing to bat first, the Thunder lost opener Shane Watson early on as he was caught and bowled by Jason Behrendorff for four runs.

Buttler and Callum Ferguson made up for the loss of Watson with an 82-run partnership before Ferguson was clean bowled by Ashton Agar for a 30-ball 42.

Joe Root and Daniel Sams fell shortly after, while Buttler went on to score a 54-ball 55, which included four boundaries and a six, before he hit his wicket while attempting a reverse sweep off the bowling of Jhye Richardson.

Jason Sangha failed to have much of an impact, but with Chris Green smashing an unbeaten 18, the Thunder finished on 142/6 off their 20 overs.

Agar was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Behrendorff, Richardson, Andrew Tye and Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 143 to win, the Scorchers got off to a disappointing start as opener David Willey was dismissed by Green for seven runs.

Michael Klinger, who opened the batting with Willey, managed to score 20 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Fawad Ahmed.

Cameron Bancroft mustered 19 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jonathan Cook.

Agar and Hilton Cartwright fell soon after to leave the Scorchers in all sorts of trouble at 54/5 in the 12th over.

Despite being in a precarious position, the Scorchers refused to go down without a fight.

Captain Ashton Turner and Will Bosisto gave the Thunder a major scare as they not only forged an unbeaten 87-run partnership, but took the game right down to the wire, whereby the Scorchers needed 20 runs to win off the last over.

Turner scored 12 runs off the first four balls before Sams bowled two consecutive wides.

However, Sams recovered spectacularly and only conceded four runs off the last two balls to lead the Thunder to a heart-racing one-run win.

Turner finished unbeaten on a 36-ball 60, which included five boundaries and a six, while Bosisto remained undefeated on a 21-ball 23, which included two boundaries.

Fawad was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Sams and Cook claimed one wicket each.

Ferguson was named Man of the Match.

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