Sydney Thunder Gurinder Sandhu third hat-trick defeated Perth Scorchers



Sydney Thunder Gurinder Sandhu third hat-trick defeated Perth Scorchers

Sydney Thunder Gurinder Sandhu third hat-trick defeated Perth Scorchers

January 10, 2022  Authorbet365baji

Gurinder Sandhu's third hat-trick of his professional career, and only the seventh in KFC BBL history, helped the Sydney Thunder overcome the Perth Scorchers once more in BBL|11.

The Scorchers are still six points clear at the top of the table, with their only two losses coming at the hands of the Thunder, who are now joint second after a six-wicket victory on the Gold Coast.

Sandhu took 4-22 in an innings trimmed to 18 overs owing to an early rain delay in Thursday's encounter, putting the Thunder in a strong position to win, reducing Perth to 9-133.

The Thunder needed 135 points to win using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

With Alex Hales battling for consistency in his return after a COVID-related hiatus, Matthew Gilkes took the lead early.

Jason Sangha's two mighty sixes in his 26-ball 34 demonstrated why he is one of the breakout stars of BBL|11. When he fell, he was taken over by Ollie Davies, who promptly hit two sixes of his own before being brilliantly run out by a diving Andrew Tye in his follow-through four short of the target.

Sam Billings ended the game with a straight four to finish the game with an unbeaten 19 off 11 balls.

Billings, Perth's Tymal Mills, and Thunder’s fast bowler Saqib Mahmood will all return to the UK tomorrow ahead of England's Caribbean T20 tour.

Due to Queensland's border limitations, Thunder's Pakistan recruit Mohammad Hasnain was unable to play in this match.

Sandhu became the first Australian to score two List-A hat-tricks in November.

His first occurred in the Marsh Cup final in 2018, when he was playing for Tasmania against Victoria, and he replicated the feat in a 50-over match against South Australia in November.

After catching Scorchers trio Colin Munro (18 off 20 balls), Aaron Hardie (4), and Laurie Evans (20) in consecutive deliveries, the 28-year-old now has a BBL hat-trick.

Sandhu didn't realize he had a hat-trick until the Scorchers were in the middle of their innings. He told the media that he had no idea, which was great because otherwise he might have pushed himself too hard on that ball or switched things up.

Munro was the first to fall in the new hat-trick, striking Sandhu straight to cover on the last ball of the 12th over.

The only Scorchers player to strike the ball with any real consistency was Ashton Agar (22 off 10 balls), who ensured Sandhu didn't make it four wickets in four balls.

Chris Green (1-9 off two overs) and Sandhu teamed effectively to keep the Scorchers' run rate down.