McDermott overshadows Billings' cameo as Hurricanes still in hunt for playoff berth

BBL 10: In the 43rd BBL 2020-21 game, Hobart Hurricanes crushed the Thunders by six wickets played at Manuka Oval. Ben McDermott demolishes the Thunder's relentless bowling attack with his glitz cameo 96.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 18, 2021 17:33 IST
McDermott overshadows Billings' cameo as Hurricanes still in hunt for playoff berth
McDermott demolish the Thunder bowling attack with his glitz 96

BBL 10 Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Highlights: Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wickets

Brief Score: Sydney Thunder - 177/5 (Sam Billings 50, Hales 29; Boland 4/41)

Hobart Hurricanes - 178/4 (McDermott 96, Malan 42; Sangha 2/45, McAndrew 1/24)

MOM - Ben McDermott

Hobart Hurricanes overpower Sydney Thunders by 6 wickets in the 43rd match of BBL 2020-21 at Manuka Oval. Chasing a stiff 177, the Hurricanes crossed the final line quite comfortably in the end with two overs to go and six wickets in their hands. The first BBL 2020-21 century will have to wait longer as Ben McDermott departs after playing a sensational knock, unfortunately, misses out a ton by 4 runs. Skipper Handscomb along with Tim David completes the formalities. 

With this clinical win over the second-placed Sydney Thunder, the Hurricanes have found themselves in the hunt for a playoff berth with 19 points from their 10 games while SYT are still grabbed their second spot with 23 points on the points table.

After the initial powerplay wobble, the Hurricanes batters have made it look like a cakewalk. David Malan and Ben McDermott set the tone for them. The duo put a strong 99-run stand for the third wicket. Malan departs after scored a well-made 42 while McDermott carried on further to snatch jaw from Thunder. All SYT bowlers taken to the cleaners especially by McDermott. Sangha picked a couple while others grab one wicket each.

McDermott has adjudged the 'Player of the Match' for his scintillating knock as he blasts 96 off just 56 deliveries comprising 8 fours and 5 massive blows.

'We started pretty slow with the ball and with the bat as well. I was a bit shaky to start with, it was nice to catch it up in the end and get the boys home with a nice win. It was bit slower in the day. Sams got a few to grip. It was beautiful under lights. We were sitting last, we have jumped to third now. It's important to get the momentum going forward. Swing hard (key to hit sixes), said MoM winner Ben McDermott.

Earlier, Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and have opted to field first. The Thunder finish with 177/5 in 20 overs. Hales and Khawaja ensured a solid start but it was Sam Billings, who was dropped twice en route his blitz fifty (50 off 34) ensured that even the three-wicket burst from Scott Boland in the 8th over didn't cut down the innings.

Billings was equally supported by skipper Ferguson, cameos from Cutting and Sams down the order meant that they finished on a high note. For Thunders, Boland bagged four scalps by conceding 41 runs.