Twitter Reactions: Alyssa Healy show pushes Sydney Sixers to begin WBBL 2021 on a high
Alyssa Healy's spectacular knock of 57 runs came off just 27 balls
Updated - Oct 14, 2021 6:39 pm
Rain played spoilsport in the opening match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) as only 11 overs were possible. That was still sufficient for mercurial wicketkeeper batter Alyssa Healy, who was at her absolute ruthless best to take the Sydney Sixers home by six wickets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on Thursday (October 14). Healy’s bludgeoning knock of 57 overshadowed Stars opener Elyse Villani’s innings of unbeaten 54 off just 31 balls.
There was a bit of collapse as the Stars picked three wickets, to cause a bit of worry in the Sixers camp but Nicole Bolton remained calm, and her invaluable unbeaten seven runs off four balls took the team home.
Chasing 100 runs in 66 balls, the Sixers needed to get off the blokes quickly. Healy did just that and took off from ball one. Such was her ruthless stroke play that Shafali Verma, on her WBBL debut was just a mere spectator. Verma is known to go big from the onset but seeing the wicketkeeper batter go bang she was happy to play the second fiddle. In a 40-run opening wicket stand, Verma’s contribution was just 8 runs. Her dismissal also could not stop Healy from finding the gaps as she brought her fifty in just 24 balls.
The hard-hitting batter was particularly harsh on youngster Annabel Sutherland who she took on for 16 runs in the sixth over. Healy’s outstanding efforts gave Sixers a rousing start in the WBBL seven. Here is how Twitter reacted to the game.
— Super Fan Of Steve Smith (@SS49FANBOY) October 14, 2021
— Aviral Rai (@cric_fan23) October 14, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) October 14, 2021
Here we go.. its a win@SixersBBL win by 6 wickets
and Alyssa Healy remains as the Player of the match for her brilliant knock 57(27) with a Strike rate of 211.11 and Eleven 4's
Congrats Midge#SixersSmashing #WBBL07 pic.twitter.com/b2VsUVDIvF
— Pooja Midge's Fan (@Alyssa_Healy77) October 14, 2021
— Krithika (@krithika0808) October 14, 2021
— Mel Jones (@meljones_33) October 14, 2021
Alyssa Healy in last 3 encounters against Melbourne Stars : 57, 111, 106*.
Player of the Match all 3 times.#WBBL07
— Ranny* 🏏 (@13Ranny_tweets) October 14, 2021
— Madhav Lucky (@MadhavLucky) October 14, 2021
— saint_emsta 🇦🇺🐉🦢🔴⚪️🥃 (@saint_emsta) October 14, 2021
@WBBL Starts with the bang😍😻 Though @TheShafaliVerma failed to impress at today but her brilliant run out made impact and @ahealy77 outstanding Half century helped @SixersWBBL taste their victory in #Rain affected 11 Over match #WBBL #WBBL07
— Siva Prasath T R 🖤❤️💙🌈 (@sivaprasathtr) October 14, 2021
Healy calls shafa and Radha as KIDS🥺😭 and
"Radha is very good in change room and dance to some indian music nd really feeds in to team Really well and we are welcome them with open arms"
— Ashwini🇮🇳🏏7️⃣(19:29) (@CricCrazeyGirl) October 14, 2021
Alyssa Healy hit 11 boundaries, batted at a strike rate of 211.11 and got out when 11 more runs were needed to win in the 11-over per side match today.
Also, Healy wears 77 on her back and played her 88th WBBL match today while their opponents scored 99.#WBBL
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) October 14, 2021
Elyse Villani’s sensational unbeaten 54 give Stars a fighting total
Before Healy walked away with the bragging rights, Villani demonstrated her hitting prowess by carrying the Stars innings ably on her shoulders. The seasoned campaigner mixed caution with aggression and allowed Sutherland to be comfortable at the other end. Usually, skipper Meg Lanning opens the innings with Villani but this year the Stars wanted to try the all-rounder in the opening position.
Although Sutherland scored only 14 runs, she still helped her team get off to a good start in the power play. Coming in at three, Lanning didn’t display any rustiness whatsoever and quickly put the pressure back on the opposition as she scored an unbeaten 23 runs and took the team to a modest total of 99 runs. In the end, that was not enough as the Sixers won the match with four balls to spare and six wickets in hand.