Usman Khawaja was the hero for Sydney Thunder as his 104 runs from 59 balls earned his team a well deserved victory over Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Usman Khawaja’s amazing scoring ensured that the Thunder reached their 160 run target with 14 balls to spare, and also booked Sydney Thunder’s place in the Big Bash League final. Sydney Thunder will play the winner of Fridays game between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers in the final.
Previously Sydney Thunder haven’t faired so well in the competition having finished last, last, last and second last in the previous editions of theTwenty20 competition. Yet this year, Khawaja’s amazing form has guided the Sydney team all the way to the final.
Adelaide were not on their best form and only posted 159-7 and this was largely due to the exploits of Alex Ross, who scored 47 from 38 balls. Adelaide’s poor innings left Sydney with a fighting chance, and up stepped Usman Khawaja.
Usman Khawaja started in tremendous form hitting 9 fours and a six in his opening 21 balls. Khawaja continued where he left off completing his century after only 55 balls, demoralising the Strikers at their home stadium. During his innings Usman struck 13 4’s and 3 6’s to ensure Sydney Thunders emphatic win over their Adelaide rivals.
Despite their win over Adelaide, Sydney Thunder will still be the away side in the Big Bash League Final. The winners of Friday’s clash will be the home team due to their higher ranking on the ladder.