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Mohammad Hasnain made a stunning BBL debut to take the numbers 3-0 in his first game after Matthew Gilkes staged the Thunder’s victory over the Strikers with a 93 total.
The Strikers went 10-144 on 19.1 overs in response to the Thunder’s 7-172, with Harry Nielsen scoring the best goal with 39 in one hand for the visitors with the stick.
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Earlier, the Thunder went 7-172 over 20 overs after winning the draw and hitting the first at the Sydney Showground, with Matthew Gilkes blasting a brilliant 93, including nine fours and three sixes.
“It’s one of Gilkes’ biggest shots in BBL,” Isa Guha said after a brilliant ramp shot to take him to 84.
“So nearly a century, but what a blow it was,” Guha said after leaving for a six when the 93 was caught by Matt Renshaw in the depths of Wes Hagar on the last round.
However, Brett Lee doubted Renshaw made the dive.
âI think it didn’t come out,â Lee said.
Brad Haddin was impressed with Gilkes’ approach up his sleeves as he led from start to finish.
âMatty Gilkes’ hallmark tonight was his shots from the ground,â Haddin said.
âHe took Fawad Ahmed straight away and when he’s playing his best cricket he hits straight on the sights. We have seen this several times this evening.
Ben Cutting was the first man to be caught by Jono Wells off Wes Agar, but not before shooting 34 out of 25 bullets, including three fours and two sixes after being moved in the opening again.
Lee backed the decision to promote Ben Cutting to the top of the order after he was on his side for a flyer.
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âThat’s why I love Ben Cutting at the top of the order because he puts the pressure on the bowlers early on,â Lee said after the Thunder star threw a whopping six.
“Slam! He threw the whole kitchen on that one.
Jason Sangha couldn’t repeat his exploits from the two teams’ previous game with Rashid Khan having him caught by Ahmed for six.
âRashid Khan is getting his revenge,â Haddin said.
“The young buck brought it to her the other night, but he’s a class act and bounced back to get her man back.”
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Sam Billings fell into a trap from Strikers skipper Peter Siddle to be caught by Thomas Kelly for 11 as the Thunder’s innings came to a halt halfway through.
Young pistol Oliver Davies was trapped by a superb yorker from Siddle to come out for 14 of 12 bullets including two to four.
âIt’s absolutely plum,â Lee said.
âHe’s the perfect Yorkie. ”
Siddle outdid himself when he beat Daniel Sams for one, with a nearly identical ball to put him on a hat trick, but then produced a slower bad ball at the worst possible time.
Chris Green was caught by Wells off Agar for five off the final ball to give him the best numbers for the innings, 3-26 of his four overs.
Siddle was not far behind with numbers 3-36 on his four.
However, Gilkes was the star of the night with his brilliant 93 leading his team to a formidable total.
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In response, Matt Short was the first man to come out for the Strikers taken in the deep by Daniel Sams for 13 to give Thunder rookie Mohammad Hasnain his first BBL wicket.
However, the youngster was not yet finished as he trapped Jake Weatherald lbw for 10 to be on a hat-trick.
He missed the treble, but then caught Johnathan Wells by Ben Cutting in the same round to finish with numbers 3-0 since his very first BBL.
âThis has to be BBL’s best start ever,â Guha said.
âThere can’t be a better start. One on, three counters, no tracks.
âIt’s an extraordinary thing. Hasnain made his BBL debut. He came on Christmas Eve. He was removed from his team because they were in a Covid bubble.
âHe has his chance tonight. It’s the first time he’s met his colleagues and he’s picked up three wickets for none.
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âRetirement,â Lee said.
“Just take your hat and go and say I’m done.”
Hasnain may not have added to his wicket tally, but he finished with excellent 3-20 numbers from his four overs, including a clutch bowling to death.
Henry Hunt could only handle 5 of 11 balls before Jason Sangha puzzled him by Sam Billings to leave the Strikers in big trouble at 4-50.
Sangha then had Matt Renshaw caught in the depths by Chris Green for 30 of 21 balls.
Harry Nielsen and Matthew Kelly led a retaliation for the Strikers before the latter was knocked out by man of the night Gilkes for 19 after removing a stump from one side.
âMatthew Gilkes can’t do anything wrong,â Guha said.
Rashid Khan was next for 1 caught by a replacement for Saqib Mahmood as the Strikers’ comeback was halted.
Wes Hagar was taken for 9 on Daniel Sams to end any chance of a miracle retaliation.
Peter Siddle was played by Mahmood for four to bring the score to 9-140.
Nielsen fought hard before being the last man out for 39 nabbed by a ripper catch from Ben Cutting to give Chris Green a wicket to go with his two catches.
Hasnain and Gilkes were the stars of the game as the Thunder moved up to third in the standings, while the Strikers are still looking for just their second win despite getting the bash boost point, their sixth of the season.
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