Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Credit: BBL)

Bolstered by the return of Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja, Sydney Thunder handed Hobart Hurricanes a four-wicket defeat but couldn’t push their way into the top four that would have sealed a place in the finals of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).

The match was reduced to 19-overs-a-side due to a short rain-delay after Thunder opted to field. Cummins returned impressive figures of 2/28 that included the scalps of in-form Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short with Hurricanes posting 165/4.

Thunder needed to reach the target in 11.3 overs to prop up their net-run rate but were 95/5 at that stage. They eventually managed to reach the target in 18.2 overs thanks to 68-run stand between Callum Ferguson, who top-scored with 47, and Chris Green, unbeaten on 34 after Thunder had lost half their side inside 10 overs.

Wade’s purple patch continued as he scored 45 off 29 and was given two lives after being dropped on 5 and 14, both times by Fawad Ahmed. Short and Caleb Jewell both scored seven runs each and were dismissed within the Powerplay overs.

After Cummins finally dislodged Wade in the 10th over, Ben McDermott and George Bailey took over, adding 94 runs between. Bailey was run out off the final delivery of the innings but not before smashing 53 off 35 with four fours and two sixes. McDermott remained unconquered on 44 off 36, an innings that featured three fours and a six.

Thunder started brightly but lost both their openers by the time Powerplay ended as they made 63/2. Short took two wickets in as many overs to trigger a middle-order collapse that left them struggling at 85/5 in 9.1 overs.

Ferguson and Green resurrected the chase before the former was bowled by Jofra Archer in the 17th over. Green remained unbeaten on 34 while Cummins contributed 10 not out that included the winning single as well.

Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 166/6 (Callum Ferguson 47; Qais Ahmed 2/22) beat Hobart Hurricanes 165/4 (George Bailey 53, Matthew Wade 45; Pat Cummins 2/28) by four wickets