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Twitter Reactions: Sydney Thunder survive Ashton Turner-scare to win their third match

The Thunder won their third match in this season.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of Sydney Thunder. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Sydney Thunder managed to win their third match in this edition’s Big Bash League (BBL) against Perth Scorchers by one run and moved to the second position in the points table. Both teams fought tooth and nail as the encounter went right down to the last delivery. The Scorchers, after the loss, find themselves in deep trouble and are languishing at the seventh position of the points table.

Buttler lifts the Thunder

After the Thunder won the toss and opted to bat first, Perth Scorchers restricted them to 142 in 20 overs. Shane Watson, the skipper, perished for four to left-arm speedster Jason Behrendroff. Thereafter, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson cobbled together a partnership of 82 runs from 64 deliveries to lay the platform for an onslaught in the second half of the innings.

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Ferguson was the aggressor in the stand and he scored 42 from 30 balls with five boundaries and a six. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar accounted for his dismissal. At the other end, Buttler churned out a laboured 55 runs off 54 balls. A quick-fire 18 off nine balls from Chris Green propelled the Thunders’ score a bit. Agar was the Scorchers’ most successful bowler with two wickets at an economy of 6.75.

Spinners strangle the Scorchers

The target wasn’t daunting by any means, but the Scorchers were made to work hard. Off-spinner Chris Green removed David Willey in the fourth over. However, Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft put together 32 runs off 31 balls to get the innings going. To the Scorchers’ dismay, even as Fawad Ahmed got rid of Klinger for 20, five balls later, Bancroft fell prey to Jonathan Cook after scoring 19 runs.

The Scorchers lost their fifth wicket in the form of Hilton Cartwright. At that point in time, the visitors needed 89 runs from 53 balls. Skipper Ashton Turner and William Bosisto tried their hearts out, but the required-rate kept climbing at an alarming rate. While Turner remained not out on 60 at a strike-rate of 166.67, Bosisto lent him support with a 21-ball 23. In the end, both their efforts went in vain.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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