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Sodhi grabs six wickets in BBL thrashing

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/01/2017

Black Caps legspinner Ish Sodhi has starred with six wickets for the Adelaides Strikers as they bundled defending champions Sydney Thunder out of Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League.

His 6-11 off three overs helped dismiss the Thunder for a paltry 101 as they chased the Strikers' total at Sydney's Spotless Stadium on Wednesday night.

Strikers pair Ben Dunk (65 off 40 balls) and Kieron Pollard (47 off 22) laid the platform after the visitors had lost the toss, leading them to an imposing 178.

And while Thunder duo Kurtis Patterson (29 off 29) and Shane Watson (39 off 26) had the run chase off to a solid start, the rest of the batting line-up surrendered meekly.

The home side were still in the hunt until Sodhi cleaned up Ben Rohrer and Carlos Brathwaite, the latter armed with his famed lime green willow, in the space of four deliveries.

Two overs later, the Strikers claimed a team hat-trick, running out Ryan Gibson before Sodhi again bamboozled Jay Lenton and Arjun Nair.

Sodhi completed the six-wicket haul with the final two scalps to end the Thunder's season.

The Thunder, who needed a fourth straight win to keep their finals hopes alive, lost their final eight wickets for 22 runs.

Playing in just his third game for the Strikers, Sodhi was delighted to have contributed to a win.

"There was something in the surface for me. I should've used it from ball one," he said.

"But to have the confidence to use it in the second over that I bowled is really good and it worked out for me in the end... It was just my day."

A disappointed Watson said his team were outplayed in every facet of the match.

"The batting got off to a decent start, we just weren't able to capitalise. Myself and a couple of other top order batters, we needed to go on which we needed to when you're chasing a decent sized total."

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