BBL 2018/19 55th Match: Cummins stars, but Thunder crash out

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Pat Cummins took two wickets and scored 10 runs

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Pat Cummins took two wickets and struck an unbeaten 10, but the Sydney Thunder failed to secure a place in the semi-finals despite beating the Hobart Hurricanes by four wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

The Thunder had to chase 166 in 11.3 overs to have any hope of making it to the last four, but it proved to be too much of an uphill battle.

Being put in to bat first, the Hurricanes lost opener D’Arcy Short early on as he was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for seven runs.

Shortly after, a slight drizzle arrived and play was suspended for nearly 20 minutes, which led to the game being reduced to 19 overs per side.

Caleb Jewell also scored seven runs before he was caught by Thunder captain Shane Watson at short cover off the bowling of Chris Green.

Hurricanes skipper Matthew Wade, who opened the batting with Short, managed to make a 29-ball 45, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins.

George Bailey and Ben McDermott ensured the Hurricanes ended their innings on a high as they forged a 94-run stand before Bailey was run out by Chris Jordan on the last ball of the innings for 53, which came off 35 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.

McDermott ended up making a 36-ball 44, which included three boundaries and a six, as the Hurricanes finished on 165/4.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Green chipped in with one.

Chasing 166 to win, the Thunder made a disappointing start to their innings as Watson was caught by Bailey at extra cover off the bowling of Riley Meredith for 15.

Usman Khawaja, who opened the batting with Watson, mustered 30 runs before he was clean bowled by Qais Ahmad.

Anton Devcich, Daniel Sams and Matthew Gilkes all fell in quick succession, which led to the Thunder being reduced to 85/5.

Callum Ferguson and Green came to the rescue as they put together a 68-run partnership before Ferguson was cleaned up by Jofra Archer for a 34-ball 47, which included three boundaries and a six.

Green and Cummins mopped up the remaining runs as the Thunder won with four balls to spare.

Short and Qais took two wickets apiece, while Archer and Meredith claimed one wicket each.

Cummins was named Man of the Match.

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