Alex Hales hits Scott Boland: The Thunder’s opening batsman was in top form from the word go in the eliminator of BBL 2019-20.
During the eliminator of the ongoing ninth season of the Big Bash League between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder in Hobart, Sydney Thunder opening batsman Alex Hales put on display top form from the word go as his 45th T20 half-century provided a brisk start to his team.
Opening the batting with Usman Khawaja (54), the duo shared a 103-run opening partnership to provide Sydney with a head-start in the knockout match. Having hit 54 runs in the powerplay, Khawaja and Hales made sure that they didn’t waste their start.
The shot of not just Hales’ but Thunder’s innings came on the last delivery of the ninth over when Hales hit Hobart Hurricanes pacer Scott Boland for a mountainous six. Having hit the ball towards the deep square leg region, it ended up traveling over the roof at the Bellerive Oval.
Having scored 60 (37) with the help of six fours and three sixes, Hales top-scored for Sydney as they ended up scoring a formidable 197/5 in their allotted quota of 20 overs and after captain Callum Ferguson (33) won the toss and chose to bat.
As far as the home team’s bowlers are concerned, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Boland and Clive Rose picked a wicket apiece.
Alex Hales hits Scott Boland
Wait for the crash! 💥
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 30, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 30, 2020
WOW. The sound off the bat from Alex Hales was amazing…
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 30, 2020
— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) January 30, 2020
— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) January 30, 2020
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