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Twitter Reactions: Sydney Thunder drub Melbourne Stars to keep the chances alive

Shane Watson led his team over the line in a close contest.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson of the Thunder bats. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The two sides lying at the bottom of the table were up against each other at the MCG. Melbourne Stars managed just 1 win their 9 games while Shane Watson led Sydney Thunder did slightly better than the Melbourne Stars. Watson after winning the toss opted to field first trusting their chasing ability.

Melbourne Stars’ opener Peter Handscomb and Ben Dunk provided a breezy start to the side as they hit five boundaries in first three overs. Thunder skipper Shane Watson removed Ben Dunk to ensure things were pretty much in their control. Handscomb continued his innings but he didn’t get any support from the middle-order batsmen. Kevin Pietersen and Glenn Maxwell failed to have any impact as they got out cheaply.

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Handscomb found a partner in Seb Gotch and the two stabilized the innings as Handscomb reached his half-century. Kiwi star Mithcell McClenaghan took a brilliant catch off his own bowling to send the dangerous looking Handscomb for 57 runs which came off 44 balls. Seb Gotch managed 31 off 25 balls helping the side to reach 140. The Thunder spinners played a massive part in drying down the run later in the innings of Stars. They held them for 147 runs in the 20 overs.

Usman Khawaja blasted 4 fours in the third over of the innings to provide a thunderous start to the run chase. He continued his assault and this time made the opposition skipper John Hasting his victim when he smashed 3 consecutive fours off his over. Jame Vince too played his part in the partnership as he too kept finding the rope regularly.

Khawaja fell for 44 runs which came in just 26 balls with the help of 9 boundaries. James Vince’s wicket in the 11th over would’ve brought some hope in the Stars’ side but Thunder skipper Shane Watson had other plans as the right-hander smoked 49 runs off just 28 deliveries and won the game for the side quite comfortably. With the victory, the Thunder’s have the chance to go to the play-off round.

Here are some of the best reactions that emerged on Twitter during the match:

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