BBL 2019-20: Match 31, Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes – Thunder’s big chase, Hurricanes’ rare defeat against Thunder, McDermott’s milestone and more stats

All the statistical highlights from Sydney Thunder’s four-wicket win over the Hurricanes.

Alex Hales
Alex Hales. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sydney Thunder put an end to their 3-match losing streak with a 4-wicket win on Saturday against the Hobart Hurricanes who now have lost their 5th game of the season. The Hurricanes finished with 162/6 mainly due to the 64-run stand from 35 balls between George Bailey (43 off 30) and Ben McDermott (33 off 24).

Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja scored 55 and 35 runs respectively to share a 96-run opening stand in only 10.2 overs. Thunder lost wickets in a heap after the opening stand but Alex Ross’ unbeaten 22-ball 32 helped the hosts to complete the chase in the final over.


All the statistical highlights from Sydney Thunder’s 4-wicket win over the Hurricanes:

A rare win over Hurricanes for the Thunder:

1 – Hobart Hurricanes lost a Big Bash League match for the first time at the Showground Stadium in Sydney. They defeated the Sydney Thunder at this venue in the 2014-15 season by 5 wickets and in the 2017-18 edition by 9 runs.

4 – Only the 4th time Thunder have defeated the Hurricanes in a Big Bash League match. The two sides faced off in 11 matches out of which the Hurricanes won seven. The four losses are the fewest for Hurricanes against any team.

A big chase by Thunder:

163 – Sydney Thunder’s 163-run chase in this match is their 2nd highest successful chase in the Big Bash League at the Sydney’s Showground Stadium. The highest BBL chase at this venue was 167 against Melbourne Stars in 2016-17.

Eoin Morgan smashed a six on the last ball of that match when five runs were required. Only one visiting successfully chased a target as high as 163 at this venue – 174 by Melbourne Renegades in the 2015-16 season.

Ben McDermott @ 1000:

1022 – Ben McDermott completed 1000 runs in the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes when he was on 11. He thus became only the 4th player with 1000 BBL runs for the Hurricanes after D’Arcy Short (1655), George Bailey (1476) and Tim Paine (1119).

Chris Morris @ 200:

200 – The Saturday’s match was Chris Morris’ 200th appearance in the Twenty20 format. Morris scored 1648 runs at a strike rate of 150.63 and also bagged 247 wickets at an average of 22.44 till date.

Clive Rose’s milestone match:

50 – Clive Rose completed 50 appearances in the Big Bash League on Saturday. He has played in 46 matches for the Hobart Hurricanes and four games for the Melbourne Stars. Only George Bailey (65) featured in more BBL games for the Hurricanes than Rose.

Watch: Irfan Pathan’s interview post his retirement