Watch: Daniel Sams hits 4 sixes in penultimate over in BBL
Sydney Thunder secured their first victory this season by defeating Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval in Canberra. They collect three important points and on the other side of the coin, Brisbane lost both their games. However, they gained just a point from this game. However, it is still early to predict the favourites of the tournament as there is still a long way to go.
Thunder beat Heat by 4 wickets and sealed the match with an over to spare. Nobody really expected them to rise from the ashes after their top-order batting collapse when they were chasing 179. Heat bowler Wildermuth showcased his bowling masterclass by getting rid of Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Calum Ferguson as Thunder were reeling at 22 for the loss of 3 wickets.
Alex Ross and Baxter Holt tried to take the game away from the opposition but both were dismissed quickly. There were still no hope for Thunder as they were at 80/5 with still a mountain to climb. The dup shared a 69-run stand, in what set the tone for the team. Even as Ben Cutting was dismissed Steketee, Daniel Sams continued to slay the opposition.
When they needed 30 runs to win the game, Sams pulled off a sensational batting effort. The cricketer smashed 4 sixes in the penultimate over off Ben Laughlin’s bowling and helped his team seal the game in style. Apart from his batting performance, Sams picked up 2 wickets to his name.
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He was named the player of the match for his all-round performance. At the post-match presentation, the cricketer explained how working with Australian legend Ricky Ponting reaped him rewards. He said he was working with the Australian great to clear the boundary. Sams hit 25-ball-65 with the help of 3 fours and 7 magnificent sixes at a strike-rate of 260.
“Didn’t want to get another duck and just wanted to take it deep. Have been working with Ponting to clear the boundary. Being completely honest when you lose a couple of wickets in the powerplay you get rattled, but we pride ourselves on being calm. There obviously were four points to grab, but great to get three,” Sams concluded.
Earlier, Brisbane Heat batted first and scored 178/6 in 20 overs. Heat captain Chris Lynn top-scored with 69 off 44 balls (3 fours, 5 sixes). Wildermuth scored a stellar 31 off 11 deliveries including 4 sixes. Sams and Cook took 2 wickets each for Thunder. Wildermuth was the pick of the bowlers for Heat as he accounted for 3 dismissals.