One relives a few of the finest Sixers Big Bash League moments. One is reliving 6 of the finest moments in the Team’s BBL history with less than 2 weeks till the Big Bash Leagues season gets underway.
BIG NIGHT OUT WITH SILK:
In the dramatic Sydney Smash of BBL|04, Jordan Silk’s bat gave the Thunder nightmares. The Sixers seemed to be in trouble against its cross-town rivals as they needed 56 runs from the last 3 overs as well as 23 runs inside the final over in front of a record-breaking Sydney audience of 36,487 just at Sydney Cricket Ground.
In the face of Josh Lalor, who had impressive figures of 4-8 off 3 overs, one dispatched the Thunder bowler for two massive sixes placed over mid-wicket off of the second & third balls of each over, setting up Steve O’Keefe to strike two fours off of the final two balls (including a team boundary off of the final ball in which the Sixers needed four runs to win), resulting in one of the biggest Sixers victories of all time.
SILK BREAKS THE INTERNET
Ricky Ponting once referred to Jordan Silk as the finest fielder in Australia, and he wasted no time in winning the Sixers fans over with an incredible grab against the Heat in BBL|03. Silk dived full stretch towards his left and executed a superman leap to eliminate Craig Kieswetter.
Silk withdrew Thunder batsmen Chris Green first from the game in BBL|04 when he smashed a ball off Sean Abbott high just on the leg side, not satisfied with just one outstanding fielding performance. The grab of the tournament was made by Silk, who raced in from deep, evaded a collision with teammate Steve O’Keefe, and dove full length to scoop up the ball only inches off the turf.
Will Silk be able to do it again this year?
STARCY SCRATCHES THE STUMP CAM
Jacques Kallis’ middle stump was not the only thing that Mitchell Starc’s fast Yorker destroyed; it also eliminated the stump cam!
In a BBL|04 Sydney Smash, Starc bowled at almost 145 km/h, misjudged Kallis with a nasty in-swinger that tore the stump cam straight out of the ground, decimating it on the wicket while also taking off his middle stump.
SIXERS CROWNS THE FIRST BIG BASH LEAGUE:
The 2012 BBL|01 produced many memories again for the newly created Sixers, but there are none more memorable than their decisive victory in the first season, which coincided with the redesign of the T20 competition in Australia to town teams.
With five victories and two losses, the Sixers qualified in the third position after the first round. They then overcame the Hobart Hurricanes inside the semifinals before triumphing by seven wickets over the Perth Scorchers inside the WACA championship game, when the Sixers knocked down 158 with 7 balls remaining thanks to an outstanding 70 from Moises Henriques off only 41 balls.
THE SIXERS WIN THE T20 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Following the brilliant victory of the magenta team in the BBL|01, the Sixers earned a spot in South Africa’s T20 Champions League. The Sixers showed that they weren’t intimidated by playing against some of the top T20 teams in the globe by cruising through to the group stages with 4 victories out of four games.
Pat Cummins maintained his composure to capture a fast single in the semifinal match against the South African team Titans, which they lost off the last ball. The Highveld Lions were defeated by the Sixers for a meager 121 runs in the final, which wasn’t nearly as exciting. The Sixers then easily won in the 13th inning.
During one of the greatest T20 innings, Michael Lumb scored an explosive 82 not outside 42 balls, sending spectators running for cover.
A JUST SHORT OF EXCELLENT FAREWELL FROM LEE
Brett Lee is squatting with his right arm over his thigh and his head tucked in the crook of the left elbow. As per the BBL live news, pair of shattered stumps are standing close enough for both men to touch them, and Moises Henriques is slumped over to the right, his head down, his hands braced upon his knees. It was not intended to come to this.
Henriques (77 off 57 balls), who led the Sixers to a respectable total of 5-147, overcame Perth Scorchers, the reigning champions, who had controlled the early going by taking 4 wickets within the first 10 overs.
The Sixers had the initiative back after scoring runs in a tight final. Shaun Marsh as well as Michael Klinger, though, got the Stormers off to a fast start, keeping the needed run rate under control for 11 innings until Lee, who had given up a single from the first over, came to the attack and delivered the key blow, removing Klinger for 33.
The offender was Doug Bollinger, & Marsh faced the wide before taking advantage of the free knock with a six. The equation changed from 32 required off of 18 to a far more doable 22 off of 17 after the Scorchers had essentially taken 10 through one Lee delivery after taking two from the opening no-ball.
However, there would be more surprises to come. Henriques took a risk by handing Nathan Lyon his penultimate over, and it paid off when he had Marsh and Ashton Turner caught inside the deep within the period of three balls. Finally, Nathan Coulter-Nile hit a telling six off the last delivery, leaving eight runs needed to win from the last.
After Michael Carberry hit an unbelievable ramp shot towards the boundary and went 4, 2, 1 from the initial three delivery of Lee’s last over, the scores were level, and the Scorchers just needed one run from the remaining three delivery to win the championship.
In the opening ball, Lee clean bowled Sam Whiteman to unexpectedly increase the likelihood of a Super Over while also sending the fans into a frenzy with his signature chainsaw celebration.
With only one delivery left in the game, the tournament, & Lee’s career, the 38-year-old was attempting a hat-trick & Pakistani import Yasir Arafat had been on strike. Unless, of fact, the fabled swift succeeded in forcing a Super Over.
Lee had bowled more than 40,000 balls in the 2 decades before, but it’s doubtful that he would have constructed a field precisely like this one. Here on the leg side, Sixers used three short covers hunched over in front of an additional cover and a wider mid-off, while a shorter mid-on, a shorter square leg, two men a bit deeper at mid-wicket, and a wide mid-on were used by the leg side Sixers.
The last ball seemed to go pretty flawlessly from the perspective of the Sixers. Michael Lumb was positioned at deep midwicket when Lee struck him with another precise yorker, which Arafat could only flick into the onside. Lumb threw the ball toward the stump at the non-end strikers as Henriques went in to pick it up and complete the task as both hitters started for a desperate (but required) single.
But as Lee hurried back to the stumps about what was supposed to be a moment of victory, the ball escaped from Henriques’s grip and rolled away as the captain shattered the stumps on his hands, leaving Arafat miles off his ground. Lee missed the opportunity, the winning run being scored, and he fell to his knees.
To comfort his colleagues, congratulate the winners, and take his last bow of a remarkable career, Lee sprang to his feet as soon as the game was over.
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