Match stats / As it happened
As if coming up against the international standard Melbourne Stars wasn’t hard enough, the weather toyed with Sydney Thunder on Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium, throwing out captain Mike Hussey’s plans to finally crack a win for the hapless side.
Defending a decent score of 6-155 on a two-paced drop-in deck, Hussey was given advice that rain was coming, leading him to turn to his strike bowlers early.
“Our plans changed quite a lot throughout the night,” a frustrated but composed Hussey said.
“We were told there was quite a bit of rain coming. So we wanted to use our good bowlers up front and try and keep them behind the par score. Then the next message came out that ‘No, no, there’s not going to be any rain’. Obviously things changed quite a bit.”
Hussey said it was “obvious” that the Stars would target Tillakaratne Dilshan, but the Thunder was left with no option but to bowl the Sri Lankan off spinner and medium pacer Scott Coyte in four of the final six overs.
With Brad Hodge (64 not out from 36 balls) and David Hussey (16 off 13) at the crease, there was little chance of the Thunder holding on and the finally relented with five balls remaining.
“It’s frustrating, for sure. I like to win,” Hussey said. “But I’m still very encouraged. We’ve got a choice. We can either bow our heads and feel sorry for ourselves and get down on ourselves and start arguing. Or we can remain positive and keep backing each other and keep trying to play our brand of cricket. I’m sure that’s what we will do.
“We were very competitive again tonight. We were playing against a fantastic team and to push them all the way to the last over was a very good effort.”
Besides the weather, luck deserted the Thunder. Matt Wade (44 off 40) survived a huge appeal from Dirk Nannes when on zero. Later, Dilshan threw down the stumps to catch David Hussey out of his crease – but the bail did not completely dislodge.
“When you’re going well, those little bits of luck tend to go your way,” said Mike Hussey, who scored 66 from 48 in the Thunder’s innings.
“Unfortunately they’re not going our way at the moment. But if we keep staying positive, keep backing each other, keep trying to execute our skills, the worm will turn and those little things will go our way. And when they do, then hopefully a few wins go with that.”
Hodge said experience proved the key at the end for the Stars, who finish a clean sweep of Sydney and return to Melbourne atop the Big Bash League table with three wins from three matches.
“Between me and Huss we’ve probably played about 400 T20 matches, so we probably used our head a little bit to try and think through the situation,” Hodge said.
“I guess experience is worth a lot. That’s probably the main difference in terms of the Melbourne Stars winning more matches in their history than the Thunder.”
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