Twitter Reactions: Hobart Hurricanes prevail in the last-over thriller courtesy Jofra Archer

Twitter Reactions: Hobart Hurricanes prevail in the last-over thriller courtesy Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer defended 13 runs off the last over and won the game for his side by 7 runs.

Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes celebrate after taking the wicket of Jake Weatherald. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Hobart Hurricanes handed Adelaide Strikers their first defeat of the season as Jofra Archer bowled an immaculate final over to defend 13 runs. The latter side could only score 5 runs in the last over chasing a stiff target of 184 at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. The home side was well equipped on the day and put on a strong display to trump the undefeated Strikers by just seven runs. However, Twitter hailed both the teams for playing out a last-over thriller and had special praises for Archer who finished with the magical figures of 3/15.

The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first much to everyone’s surprise as the teams chasing had mostly won in Hobart. D’Arcy Short continued his great form with the bat while opening the innings and scored 96 off just 58 deliveries with nine fours and four gigantic maximums. He was well supported by Alex Doolan, his opening partner, and Matthew Wade who scored a vital 20 runs in the death overs off just 13 cherries. Hurricanes managed to score 183 runs for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Rashid Khan was the star once again for the Strikers and returned with the magical figures of 2/18 as Billy Stanlake ended also ended with two wickets only conceding 27 runs.

Thrilling chase

Strikers got off to a worst possible start in the chase as their in-form openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald were sent back early in the third over. But the duo of skipper Travis Head and Colin Ingram added 102 runs in just over 10 overs to bring them back on track as they now had a realistic chance of gunning down the total. Though Jofra Archer scalped the former in the 14th over even as Ingram blazed his way to a sensational half-century. But even he was dismissed in the 18th over leaving 25 to get off 12 deliveries.

Jonathan Wells and Jake Lehmann brought the equation down to 13 off the final over as Strikers remained favourites to win as they had wickets in hand. But Archer was in great touch on the night and nailed his variations perfectly to concede just 5 runs. While Lehmann was pinned in front off the very first delivery, Wells was run-out as he desperately wanted to come back on strike. Archer literally didn’t allow them a sniff and snatched a victory for Hurricanes.

Twitterati was thrilled to witness a close shave and hailed both the teams for their efforts. While some of them hailed Archer, few trolled Strikers for letting the game go from their hands.

Here’s how they reacted: