With Steyn having departed, and Englishman Pat Brown struck down by harm, Rauf is poised to play the remainder of the season for the Stars, and that might imply he finally ends up breaking a number of competitors data, to not point out clocking greater than 150 kilometres/hour.
His three consecutive wickets within the remaining over of Sydney Thunder’s innings on the ‘G on Wednesday evening catapulted him to 13 scalps for the season, behind solely Thunder’s Daniel Sams, however from half as many matches because the Thunder all-rounder.
The Stars had already been within the field seat heading into the 20th over, however Rauf’s strikes ensured the Thunder had been restricted to 5-145 from their 20 overs.
Rauf had Matthew Gilkes (41) caught at fantastic leg earlier than bowling Calum Ferguson (35). That introduced Sams to the wicket, and Rauf duly delivered, blasting one into Sams’ again leg and triggering the elevating of the finger. Rauf – having deserted his controversial throat-slitting celebration proven earlier in summer time – took off into the off-side in exultation earlier than being mobbed by teammates.
He completed with Three-23 with 4 overs, leaving him with a season bowling common of seven.23 and economic system fee of 5.87.
Just as they had done four nights earlier against the Melbourne Renegades, the Stars coasted to victory, profitable by six wickets with 13 balls in hand to return to the highest of the BBL ladder after being dislodged by the Sydney Sixers earlier within the day.
The chase was largely simple. Enjoying his first match since being fined for steering a homophobic slur on the Renegades’ Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis at first ceded the golden cap because the match’s main run-scorer to Ferguson earlier than profitable it again. Stoinis posted a 3rd straight half-century earlier than holing out to Jono Cook dinner’s leg-spin for 50 from 44 balls.
After Nic Maddinson was run out for 13 from 12, Nathan Coulter-Nile was elevated to No. Three. He survived a juggled likelihood on the boundary – when gravity received the higher of Nathan McAndrew – solely to fall the next ball.
Nick Larkin was then bowled by Arjun Nair for six, giving the Thunder – who had been rocked pre-game by the chucking suspension handed down to Chris Green – a sniff. However that solely introduced Glenn Maxwell (59 not out from 37) to the center, with the Stars skipper displaying an unusually open stance whereas replicating his standard array of strokes as he and Peter Handscomb guided the hosts to a cushty win.
Earlier, Adam Zampa (1-22 from 4) slowed down one other facet in what was his remaining recreation earlier than heading away with the Australian one-day workforce to India. He shall be a tough man to interchange.
The Thunder’s defeat left them with seven factors from eight matches and caught in a mid-table logjam.
Daniel is an Age sports activities reporter