0, 0, 3, 0, 2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 4, 1: Sydney Thunder’s horrific scorecard as they collapse for 15 ALL OUT to send BBL records tumbling
It’s a number that will follow all 11 Sydney Thunder players and coach Trevor Bayliss for the rest of their careers: 15.
Just 15 runs scored, with the Adelaide Strikers requiring only 35 balls to skittle their Big Bash League rivals and make headlines the world over.
Unsurprisingly, there is clear daylight between Thunder and the rest of the Big Bash League when it comes to the lowest totals scored in the competition’s 12-year history.
One number will follow Sydney Thunder players for the rest of their careers: Fifteen
Before Friday night’s shellacking, the Melbourne Renegades were the not-so-proud holders of the worst ever total in BBL history, scoring a now not-so-embarrassomg 57 against arch rivals the Melbourne Stars in 2015.
The Renegades also previously occupied the No 2 spot in the record books after being bowled out for 60 runs off 10.4 overs against the Sydney Sixers in 2020.
The Stars almost took that slot last year, when they made only 61 runs against the Sixers from a meagre 11.1 overs.
The Strikers may be enjoying a celebratory beer or two tonight, but they won’t want to take a look at the top five worst totals in BBL history, as they occupy fourth place with their pathetic 68 runs off 14.2 overs against the Stars in 2021.
Melbourne Renegades previously had the lowest total ever, with their 57 vs the Stars
Shane Warne’s Melbourne Stars skittled plenty of teams for few runs, including Scorchers
THUNDER’S PATHETIC SCORECARD
And you have to wind back the clock to over 10 years ago for Perth Scorcher’s total of 69 runs off 15.2 overs against the Shane Warne’s Stars.
The lowest T20 total ever before the Thunder’s dismal effort in Sydney was provided by Turkey in 2019, when they scored a pathetic 21 runs against Czech Republic.
Unlike Sydney, the international minnows managed to get past the powerplay. Interestingly, the Czechs scored the highest T20 total ever that day, ending their innings on 287-4.
Lesotho separates Turkey in No 1 and No 3, taking second spot with their total of 26 against Uganda last year.
Thailand and Mali are tied in joint fourth with both nations scoring 30 runs – with the Africans reaching that total on two occasions this year against Rwanda and Kenya.
Speaking to Fox Cricket, former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said of the Thunder’s performance: ‘I am speechless. I haven’t seen a performance like that. It’s appalling when you think about it.’
Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin added: ‘We have seen some aggressive fast bowling, some unbelievable catching and a Strikers team that is really enjoying their cricket but for Thunder to be bowled out for 15 is embarrassing.’