The ongoing season of the BBL has been one heck of entertainment for the fans all across the world. The league witnessed extraordinary sixes, acrobatic catches, controversial calls, last over finishes, and so on. England international Alex Hales hogged the limelight for his blistering knock in the league.
The opening batsman unleashed his batting potential to great effect while playing against Melbourne Stars. The Sydney Thunder opener came under fire for registering consecutive ducks before Christmas.
However, he took the batting to the next level when he scored a productive 35 off 21 against Melbourne Renegades on Boxing Day. The 31-year-old opener once again brought the best out himself against Melbourne Stars.
This time around, he ensured to make his presence count on the pitch when he scored the fastest fifty in Big Bash League history. Hales accomplished the feat at Manuka Oval on December 29.
The England opener scored his fastest fifty from just 21 deliveries. He brought up his fifty with a massive six off Adam Zampa’s bowling. The video of which is doing the rounds on social media sites.
Hales hits the ball out of Manuka Oval twice in BBL match
During the game, Hales took the bowling attack to the cleaners and smashed 29-ball-71. His innings included a flurry of 8 fours and 5 maximums. During his knock, he cleared the ball out of the park twice.
The batsman was en route to scoring a century but was eventually caught and bowled by Stars’ all-rounder Nic Maddinson. Hales maintained an impressive strike-rate of 244.83.
The right-handed batsman lost two balls in the match. The on-field umpires had to replace two new balls in the game. The commentators and fans went berserk after Hales’ brutal hitting.
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Sydney Thunder beat Melbourne Stars
Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell won the toss and opted to bowl first. Sydney Thunder provided an ambitious start in the form of Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales. The duo added an 89-run stand for the opening wicket before Hales departed after scoring a sensational knock.
Thunder captain Callum Ferguson scored 33-ball-51 including 5 fours and a six. Khawaja scored 37 f=off 31 with the help of 3 fours and a six. After the fall of three wickets, there was no stability in the middle order.
Ben Cutting showcased sheer strength in the end. He scored 20 off just 7 balls including 3 fours and a six. Chris Green scored 12 off just 4 balls with the help of four and a six. Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for Stars as he took 3 wickets whereas Stanlake took 2 wickets.
In reply, Stars were bundled out for 144. Chris Green was the top bowler for Thunder. He accounted for 4 dismissals. Chris Tremain and Tanveer Sanha took 2 wickets apiece. Thunder beat Stars by 75 runs.