BBL: All-round Sams stars as Sydney Thunders thump Melbourne Stars in rain-affected affair
Jason Sangha scored a fifty on debut while Daniel Sams put up an all-round show to push Sydney Thunders to a 15-run win against Melbourne Stars via Duckworth Lewis System in a Big Bash League match on Friday.
The Thunders began their campaign in an imposing fashion as they notched up a challenging 181/5 thanks to an unbeaten 36-ball 63 from Sangha and his 77-run association with Sams (34 off 21) after being asked to bat at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Three overs into the chase, rain halted Stars innings and after a lengthy delay, the match was curtailed to eight overs with a revised target of 90 runs. On resumption, a batting collapse followed with Sams Travis Dean (7) and captain Glenn Maxwell (0) in the third over of the chase.
By the fifth over as Dwayne Bravo fell on 11, Stars’ chase was all but over and they finished on 74/6 in eight overs. Dean, Ben Dunk (7), Maxwell (0) and Marcus Stoinis (2) all failed to record scores in double-digit.
Sams finished with 3/5 from two overs and was declared player of the match.
This was after Sangha became the youngest in BBL history to score a half-century, living up to the hype.
He wasn’t the only debutant to make the noise on the night with Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane also playing in his first BBL match, finishing with (2/36) for Stars.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunders 181/5 (Jason Sangha 66*, Daniel Sams 34; Sandeep Lamichhane 2/36) beat Melbourne Stars 74/6 (Nick Larkin 28*; Daniel Sams 3/5) by 15 runs (DLS)
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