Devastating Dwarshuis sets up Sixers win
Ben Dwarshuis claimed astonishing record-breaking figures and Moises Henriques blasted an unbeaten half-century as Sydney Sixers eased to an eight-wicket Big Bash League win over Adelaide Strikers.
Seamer Dwarshuis took 3-7 in the most economical four-over spell in Sixers history, and joint-second best in any BBL campaign.
Sean Abbott (2-25) struck twice to restrict the struggling defending champions to 124-8 at the SCG on Tuesday.
Jake Lehmann's run-a-ball 46 and a brisk 31 from Michael Neser was not sufficient to get the strangled Strikers up to a competitive total.
Captain Henriques (61 not out from 31 balls) and Daniel Hughes (51no) sealed an emphatic victory with 35 deliveries to spare.
The Sixers are up to second following three consecutive wins, while the misfiring Strikers have lost four in a row to leave their chances of reaching the semi-finals looking slim.
DWARSHUIS PUTS THE SQUEEZE ON
Dwarshuis' first delivery went for four leg byes but that was not a sign of things to come.
There were an incredible 18 dot balls from the 24-year-old, who showed excellent variation to frustrate the Strikers batsmen and was rewarded with three wickets after Alex Carey (4) was run out in the first over.
Dwarshuis beat an out-of-sorts Jake Weatherald (7) twice in a brilliant fifth over before getting the opener caught at mid-on, then sent Jonathan Wells (23) and Lehmann on their way.
HENRIQUES AND HUGHES IN CRUISE CONTROL
It was not all plain sailing for the Sixers, who were reduced to 24-2 after Josh Philippe and James Vince fell cheaply.
The boundaries flowed for Henriques and Hughes, though, as they set about Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan.
Skipper Henriques struck four sixes and another five boundaries in a brutal knock, while Hughes found the boundary eight times as the pair sealed victory in quick time.
RASHID GIVEN THE TREATMENT
Rashid has taken only one wicket in his last three matches and his four overs cost 39 runs as Henriques attacked the spin sensation.
It was the Afghanistan tweaker's final over which he will want to forget in a hurry, with Henriques dispatching him over long-on for six and slog-sweeping him over the ropes to reach his 50 after pulling the 20-year-old to the boundary.