Clinical Sydney Thunder bag second WBBL title after defeating Melbourne Stars by six wickets

A clinical performance from Sydney Thunder against Melbourne Stars where they hammered the later franchise by six wickets to clinch another WBBL title. It all started with the tone set by Shabnam Ismail and Sammy-Jo Johnson with their amazing bowling performances to restrict stars to only 86 runs which they chased down by losing three wickets in 13.4 overs.

Stars opted to bat first but were able to score 3 runs in first two overs and the pressure started building on the batters to score quick where they lost the priceless wicket of Ellyse Villiani and Meg Lanning who were expected to deliver in the nail biting contest. After Johnson took the wicket of Mignon du Preez in the final over in the powerplay Stars could only manage to score 20 runs in first six overs. She was equally complemented by Ismail who took wickets at crucial Juncture to set the winning foundation for Thunders.  Annabel Sutherland and Katherine Brunt took the score past 50 before Lauren Smith – who was expensive on the night – dismissed the former. Brunt was the only batswomen who was unbeaten in the final where she scored 22 runs from 27 deliveries and 87 runs was needed for Thunder to clinch the title.

The equation for chasing becomes quite simple for Thunders when Rachel Trenaman smashed two boundaries in the second over by Brunt to make things easy for Thunders and got equal support on the other end from Tammy Beaumont when she smashed six in the third over against the delivery bowled by Natalie Sciver and they easily managed to score 30 runs at the loss of 1 wicket in their first six overs Trenaman fell in the eighth over while Johnson followed her in the 10th but Heather Knight and Rachael Haynes polished off the chase without breaking a sweat.

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