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West Indian Nicholas Pooran has blasted his way into the BBL with the fourth fastest 50 in the competition’s history for the Melbourne Stars but it wasn’t enough as the Sixers pinched a one wicket win with one ball to spare in a thriller of a grand final rematch. The Sixers continued to have the…

West Indian Nicholas Pooran has blasted his way into the BBL with the fourth fastest 50 in the competition’s history for the Melbourne Stars but it wasn’t enough as the Sixers pinched a one wicket win with one ball to spare in a thriller of a grand final rematch.

The Sixers continued to have the wood over the Stars with the final over victory after one of the craziest matches the BBL has seen, on the back of a stunning knock by Sydney captain Daniel Hughes.

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With four overs remaining, the Sixers still needed 52 runs to win with Hughes and Carlos Brathwaite at the crease.

After some lusty blows, the equation was down to 21 off 10 balls when Carlos Brathwaite went for a six, only to be caught on the boundary. 

Ben Dwarshuis was then bowled to make it 8/174 with an over remaining.

It left 20 to win off six balls and inexplicably, Glenn Maxwell got the ball in his hand to bowl the final over.

The commentators had been discussing how Nathan Coulter-Nile would bowl the final over but he was off the field.

It turned out to be a fatal blunder as Hughes cashed in on Maxwell.

Hughes was on strike on 80 hit the first ball for six, second for four and third for six.

Andy Maher in commentary said: “It will be the greatest chase in Sixers BBL history. And there is the reason that Glenn Maxwell is bowling this over? How have they done this. The Melbourne Stars have turned victory into a likely defeat. Now Daniel Hughes, 96 from 50. He has taken Maxwell for 16 off three balls.”

Fans were baffled as to why Maxwell bowled himself when import Zahir Khan still had an over remaining.

Why is Glenn Maxwell – a part-timer – bowling himself for this last over? Bizarre captaincy for mine.#BigBashLeague #BBL2020

— Matt Turner (@mattturner1986) December 26, 2020

Maxwell has blown this game. Zahir always better bet.

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 26, 2020

NCN injury meant pacer couldn’t bowl. Maxwell conceded 20 runs to have Sixers win the game!

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 26, 2020

But it also came down to the brilliance of Hughes, who hit the game-winning score.

“This is the innings of a lifetime for Daniel Hughes,” Brad Hodge added. “No-one expected this to happen tonight. He would have only known that it is possible. 96 off 50. Glenn Maxwell under pressure, the skipper. Four to win off three. Into they need a wicket. He has gone again and that is it.”

It left him on 96 off 50 balls before a twist in the tail when he was caught on the boundary with the fourth ball of the over – making it 9-190 with two balls remaining.

Stephen O’Keefe was on strike when a full toss beat the batsman, keeper and ran away for what was called four leg byes and sealed the win for the Sixers.

The final ball.

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It was the 10th highest chase in BBL history and the highest chase by the Sixers to win a game. It was the club’s second highest score of all-time, behind only the 4/205 set against the Melbourne Renegades earlier this season.

One of the best BBL games ever. A complete thriller where Pooran and Maxwell went mad with the bat, but Daniel Hughes later stole the show with his dynamic 96. Maxi shouldn’t have bowled the final over, just gave the match away. #BBL10

— Siddarth Srinivas (@sidhuwrites) December 26, 2020

This game sums up 2020 perfectly, every time you think a team is on top then all of a sudden it flips! @bbl #bbl #sixersvsstars @7Cricket @FoxCricket

— Andrew Tye (@aj191) December 26, 2020

Jeeeeeez!!!! What a dramatic chase this has been by the 6ers …. what a game! Insane! #BBL

— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) December 26, 2020

Awesome! Congratulations, Sydney Sixers – and captain Daniel Hughes. 👏👏👏 #BBL #BBL10

— Jesse Hogan (@Jesse_Hogan) December 26, 2020

It was a stunning finish after the Stars had earlier exploded to set a huge total.

After 10 overs, Melbourne was 4/62 and looking like they were going nowhere.

But newcomer Nicholas Pooran showed why he’s one of the most in demand T20 players in World cricket as he teed off in a brutal 65 off 26 balls, monstering two fours and eight sixes.

He and Glenn Maxwell shared a 125-run stand when Pooran was caught by West Indies teammate Jason Holder on the boundary.

Incredibly, at the 19th over, the Stars had tripled their score of 4/62 from the 10th over, finishing on 5/193.

“One of the most explosive innings we’ve seen in quite some time in the BBL,” Andy Maher said.

“People have made tons, they’ve made more but that 65 off 26 is one of the cleanest striking you will ever witness. Take a bow Nicholas Pooran, welcome to the BBL.”

Maxwell ended up on 71 not out off 47 balls and was made to look relatively pedestrian in comparison to Pooran.

The West Indian hit his 50 off just 17 balls, the fastest half-century for the Stars.

It’s not often when @Gmaxi_32 is going off, you actually prefer the look of the bloke at the other end. Pooran take a bow 🔥 Unreal batting @BBL #properhitting

— Dimi Mascarenhas (@dimimascarenhas) December 26, 2020

They don’t know where to bowl the ball to this bloke #Pooran

— Phil Gould (@PhilGould15) December 26, 2020

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Andrew McMurtry

With four overs left, the Sixers need 52 off 24 balls with Hughes still out there, while Carlos Brathwait will be required to go big.

At 12 off 5, the big West Indian will need some lusty blows to get the Sixers out of this one.


Andrew McMurtry

It’s been a steady chase for the Sydney Sixers having hit 3/83 after 10 overs.

Daniel Hughes has been leading the way for the Sixers, scoring a 50 off 30 balls.

He just needs someone to take off with him.


Andrew McMurtry

We’ll have to agree with Brad Hodge there.

That was “one of the best BBL innings you will ever see”.

Nicholas Pooran has monstered 65 off 26 balls in a stunning BBL innings that including two fours and eight sixes.

Even crazier was that he came out at number six.

He and Glenn Maxwell shared a 125-run stand when Pooran was caught by West Indies teammate Jason Holder on the boundary.

Incredibly, at the 19th over, the Stars had tripled their score of 4/62 from the 10th over.

“One of the most explosive innings we’ve seen in quite some time in the BBL,” Andy Maher said.

“People have made tons, they’ve made more but that 65 off 26 is one of the cleanest striking you will ever witness. Take a bow Nicholas Pooran, welcome to the BBL.”

Maxwell ended up on 71 not out off 47 balls as the Stars reached 5/193.


Andrew McMurtry

Nicholas Pooran – welcome to the BBL.

He has hit a 17-ball 50, outshining Glenn Maxwell and hitting the fourth fastest 50 in BBL history.

It’s also the fastest 50 for the Stars.

Not a bad debut from the West Indies star.


Andrew McMurtry

It’s not often that Glenn Maxwell is made to look pedestrian but West Indies star Nicholas Pooran is doing it.

Between the over 11 and 13, the Stars slammed 39 runs in 12 balls as Maxwell and Pooran hit the accelerator.

It massively increased the scoring rate as Pooran moved to 22 off nine balls.

Dan Christian’s over went for 23 runs with the last ball going out of the stadium.

It was an incredible shot.

“That’s been savaged, what a shot,” Andy Maher said in commentary.

“He’s hit it out of the ground. That is is beautiful striking of the cricket ball.”

Brad Hodge said “That’s awesome.”

An over later, Pooran was 46 off 14 balls having slammed six sixes.

“That is ridiculous,” Maher added.

Pooran 🔥 So much fun watching him bat, especially in the T20 format.#BBL2020

— Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) December 26, 2020

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It’s not often when @Gmaxi_32 is going off, you actually prefer the look of the bloke at the other end. Pooran take a bow 🔥 Unreal batting @BBL #properhitting

— Dimi Mascarenhas (@dimimascarenhas) December 26, 2020

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They don’t know where to bowl the ball to this bloke #Pooran

— Phil Gould (@PhilGould15) December 26, 2020

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Nicholas Pooran is an A grade signing #gun #BBL10

— Tim Macdonald (@timmacs) December 26, 2020

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Andrew McMurtry

The Melbourne Stars have struggled to 4/61 in tricky conditions at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The Stars couldn’t get away with Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell at the crease needing to save the day.

Earlier Ben Dunk opened the batting but scored 24 off 26 as wickets fell at the other end.

For the Sixers, Ben Manenti was subbed out of the game for Gurinder Sandhu at 10 overs as it seemed a battle with the bat against the seamers.


Andrew McMurtry

The Melbourne Stars will be hoping they don’t end up like cross-city rivals the Renegades as they chase some revenge for last years’ Grand Final loss to the Sixers.


Andrew McMurtry

Christmas in the Caribbean is all about food and music and JonKanoo dancers in scary costumes and Moko Jumbies parading through the streets on stilts.

It’s a cultural mixing pot throughout the islands, which is just what the Big Bash has with four West Indian stars, from three different countries and three different cultures.

But a long way from home these holidays Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran and Andre “spiceman” Fletcher have come together in the Big Bash hub to bring a little bit of the Caribbean to the Gold Coast.

Holder recently joined Brathwaite at the Sydney Sixers after the Test series in New Zealand, with Nicholas Pooran linking up with Fletcher at the Melbourne Stars.

All four have left loved ones at home, with Brathwaite confirming his sick dog is now better and in thw hands of his wife.

And being in each other’s company has come at the perfect time.

“Funny enough, although there are four West Indians, we are from within three different nationalities and within those nationalities Christmas celebration will be slightly different,” said Brathwaite, who, like Holder, is from Barbados.

Pooran is from Trinidad and Tobago and Fletcher from Grenada.

“But all the celebrations have that Caribbean flavour. It will be great to get together and make it feel as close to home as possible,” Brathwaite said.

Friends on Christmas Day will however become Boxing Day foes when the four imports square off in a rematch of last year’s final, in which none of them played, and all those niceties will be put to one side.

“Off the field we are good friends, good mates and we’ve got things we chat about pertaining to the culture and stories we have, but once you get on the field, you are playing for the badge, friendships go out the window,” Brathwaite said.

“Yeah, you might share a smile because you do know that person, you have a soft spot for them, but you are contracted to play for a team. So I can assure you there won’t be too many niceties from us to them or from them to us. we’re all as competitive as possible.”

That competitiveness has an underlying motivation too.

Brathwaite and his fellow West Indians are driven to play their best when they get gigs in T20 competitions around the world, to create a pathway for the next generation to ensure Caribbean cricket remains a force.

“For sure. (Kieron) Pollard, (Dwayne)Bravo, Dre Russ, Chris Gayle, those guys have paved the wave for us to be here and it’s incumbent on us to put in enough performances that makes people look towards the West Indies for more players,” he said.

“Trying to keep that trying going along. we do have an extra bit of needle to fight hard and pull through the next generation.”

– by NCA Newswire

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