Sydney Thunder's edition of pointlessness has been completed after the bottom of the ranking lost its 13th straight match by 13 runs against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Tuesday.
The Melbourne Stars, missing two big players in Shane Warne and Lasith Malinga, struggled to set a total before concluding on 8 for 145 in 20 overs. After Melbounre star import Chris Gayle put his side in a brilliant position, the Sydney Thunder lost 9 for 70 to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. Fast Bowler Dirk Nannes twisted the ball of the night to dismiss dangerman Brad Hodge (39 from 26) with a ball that beat the batsman and crashed into middle stump.
The Sydney Thunder also removed David Hussey for 32 and then bowled well at the death taking 4 wickets for 16 runs in the final overs to keep the Melbourne Stars well below a par score. Chris Gayle has been under pressure to perform after a series of failures grabed 2 for 5 and ran out Melbourne Stars opener Luke Wright.
Chris Gayle flayed the attack to all parts of the ground, bringing up his fifty in just 25 balls and the visitors were 1 for 59 after six overs and closing to victory. The Melbourne Stars tightened the bowling and Bird gave his team a lift when he took a diving catch to dismiss Matt Prior for 7, leaving Sydney 2 for 62 in the 8th over. Chris Gayle finally out for 65 from 43 balls, holing out in the deep to Glenn Maxwell off Dimitri Mascarenhas (2 for 27).
The Sydney Thunder had been winless in seven games this Big Bash season, and the defeat now continues the franchise's 13-match streak dating back to last season. The result leads that the Melbourne Stars (10 points) join the Melbourne Renegades (12) in the finals. The remaining places will be filled by two of the Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes, who are separated only by net run rate going into the final round of matches.