Englishman Alex Hales put the bash in Big Bash with a spectacular half century in a comprehensive win over the Melbourne Stars in Canberra.
The opening batsman made history by scoring the fastest half century ever for the Sydney Thunder, bludgeoning 71 off just 29 balls.
His sensational innings spurred the Thunder to their highest total in franchise history, compiling a mammoth 7/219 — surpassing their previous best of 209, which was made just a few days ago against the Melbourne Renegades.
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Hales cracked eight fours and five sixes during his whirlwind knock, which saw him finish with a monstrous strike rate of 244.83
He reached his 50 off just 21 balls with a slap over the leg side for six as he deposited Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa onto the roof at Manuka Oval.
Hales looked on track for a rapid-fire century but his innings was cut short when he was caught-and-bowled by part-time tweaker Nic Maddinson.
English cricket writer Elizabeth Ammon tweeted: “Incredible knock by Alex Hales. When he is on song, there a fewer cleaner strikers of the ball.”
Hales did all the damage in an 89-run opening partnership with Usman Khawaja, which ended when he faltered in the eighth over.
Khawaja was the perfect foil to Hales as he got his teammate on strike and let the English international do the rest. The former Australian Test star made a classy 37 off 31 balls before he was out in the 13th over, caught at cover off the bowling of Billy Stanlake.
Ollie Davies came and went as did another Englishman, Sam Billings. Captain Callum Ferguson anchored the middle overs with a crisp 51 from 33 deliveries before Ben Cutting (20 off seven) and Chris Green (12 off four) iced the innings.
The Stars never really got going in reply and were always chasing the game. Marcus Stoinis top scored with 27 but his side was bowled out for 144 in the 20th over, as the Thunder wrapped up a huge 75-run victory.