Sydney Sixers skipper Daniel Hughes has performed one of many nice captain’s knocks to information his aspect to a miracle win over the Melbourne Stars within the Large Bash League.
Hughes shocked the Stars, smashing 96 off simply 51 deliveries because the Sixers chased a victory goal of 194 with a ball and a wicket to spare at Metricon Stadium on Boxing Day.
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Melbourne would have felt protected after Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran mixed to smash 125 runs for the fifth wicket, that includes 13 sixes, because the Stars made 5-193 of their innings.
West Indian left-hander Pooran, batting for the primary time this summer time for the Stars, smashed 65 off simply 26 balls to please a small crowd at a largely empty Metricon Stadium.
Maxwell completed the innings along with his fifth six to finish on 71 not out off 47 balls in a usually damaging show from the Australian all-rounder.
That partnership seemed a match-winner because the Sixers struggled to maintain wickets in hand however Hughes’ knock, which included six fours and 7 sixes delivered them an unlikely win.
The Sixers’ hopes appeared shot when Maxwell caught big-hitting West Indian Carlos Brathwaite (21 off 12) on the boundary within the penultimate over.
That meant Sydney needed to rating 20 runs off the ultimate over with simply two wickets in hand.
Up stepped Hughes to seal an unlikely win, courtesy of a devastating late spell of big-hitting.
Hughes made essentially the most of Nathan Coulter-Nile being off the sector with a calf harm, leaving Maxwell to bowl the ultimate over.
The Sixers skipper smashed a six, a 4 and a six earlier than holing out however 4 leg-byes off the penultimate ball to Steve O’Keefe then sealed the win for the Sixers.
The extraordinary end left followers gushing with reward for Hughes on social media.
Daniel Hughes take a bow man 🔥
— Shahzeb Malik (@shahzeb_malik04) December 26, 2020
Daniel Hughes 96(50) is thoughts blowing!! Really feel for maxi
And this match jogs my memory the match between CSK and DC the place axar patel completed with four 6’s in final over off jadeja as an alternative of Bravo
Coulter Nile was injured so maxi has taken the duty to bowl the final over
— Ritwik Narayana 🇮🇳 (@RitwikNalla) December 26, 2020
Daniel Hughes deserved century ….what an excellent knock from the skipper
— Ganesh sobanapuram (@imGANESH25) December 26, 2020
Hughes took confidence from teammates
“I did one thing like that in a trial sport so I really did not know I had that in me till DC (Dan Christian) and there is a few different guys which have simply given me the arrogance within the center order to only go on the market and play pictures,” the 31-year-old stated.
“Swing simple. Be calm when you’ll want to be and it got here off in the present day.
“Now that I do know that it is there, it is simply attempting to repeat it over and over.”
Stars coach David Hussey stated Coulter-Nile had suffered a calf pressure and, regardless of placing his hand as much as bowl the ultimate over, was talked out of it for concern he would make his harm worse.
“20 to win, yeah you’d prefer to assume so,” Hussey stated when requested if it could have been a unique end result with Coulter-Nile out there for the final over.
“He is one of many world’s greatest T20 gamers … however the best way Daniel Hughes was hitting them, like something might have occurred.
“I truthfully believed we have been nonetheless going to pinch the sport when Cartwright took his catch and I assumed, proper, yeah, we will win this however it wasn’t to be.”
The Sixers subsequent play the Melbourne Renegades at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday whereas the Stars journey to Canberra on the identical day to play the Sydney Thunder.
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