Owais Shah guides Hurricanes to a five-wicket win in Big Bash

Owais Shah scored unbeaten 41 runs in Hobart Hurricanes’ run chase against Sydney Thunder on Sunday Getty Images

Hobart: Jan 1, 2012

Hobart Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row beating Sydney Thunder by five wickets in the Twenty20 Big Bash League here Sunday.

Electing to bat, Sydney Thunder were restricted to an under-par 138 for 8. Chris Gayle smashed another half-century on a day when the rest of the batsmen struggled to get the ball away. Pakistani pacer Naved-ul-Hasan starred with the ball for the home team, taking three wickets for 22 runs.

Travis Birt’s blitzkrieg (35) at the top of the order and Owais Shah’s (41) steady batting took Hobart past Sydney’s score with eight-balls remaining.

The Hurricanes cemented their top position in the table with the win. Sydney, who are second, trail Hobart by four points. (IANS)

Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 138 for 8 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 53, Sean Abbott 39; Naved-ul-Hasan 3 for 22, Jason Krejza 2 for 29) lost to Hobart Hurricanes 139 for 5 in 18.4 overs (Owais Shah 41*, Travis Birt 35; Scott Coyte 2 for 14, Fidel Edwards 2 for 33) by five wickets.