The Australian Test team looked to keep their advantage over India when they travelled to Bengaluru for the second Test of the series. Sixers Official Ambassador Steve Smith named an unchanged side meaning Sixers Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe would all play.
In the first innings, it was all Lyon as the Sixers' off-spinner finished with stunning figures of 8 for 50 as Australia bowled out the hosts for 189 runs. Lyon’s haul included the prized wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Australia took the lead with 276 of their own runs with Starc the top scorer for the Sixers contingent, adding 26 runs during a crucial partnership with 'keeper Matthew Wade.
In India’s second innings, it was Hazlewood’s turn to star with the ball as he claimed 6 wickets for 67 runs. O’Keefe added two wickets to his tally taking him to 15 for the series, while Starc almost grabbed a hat-trick when he caught Rahane lbw and bowled Nair in consecutive balls.
Australia weren’t able to chase down India’s lead in their second innings, with Smith the Sixers top scorer with 28 runs as the Australians lost by 75 runs and the series was levelled.
PERRY MAKES RETURN TO CRICKET
After losing the first match of the Rose Bowl ODI series against New Zealand in Auckland, last week the Southern Stars went to Mount Maunganui needing to win the final two matches to claim the series.
In the second ODI won by 4 wickets by Australia, Sixers WBBL captain Ellyse Perry made her return to cricket after a hamstring injury and took a wicket with the ball but did not bat.
Ashleigh Gardner made her ODI debut in the second match, taking no wickets from her 10 overs but was 12 not out when Australia hit the winning runs. Alyssa Healy was caught and bowled on 36.
In the do-or-die third ODI, the same three Sixers were in the XI - Perry was unable to take a wicket from her eight overs but Gardner claimed 3 for 56.
Perry fell for 1 run and Gardner did not bat, but Healy was 21 not out when the Southern Stars won the match by 5 wickets and clinched the series.
MIXED PERFORMANCES FOR ENGLISH DUO IN ANTIGUA
Jason Roy and Sam Billings got England's ODI series against the West Indies underway with two matches in Antigua last week. England won both ODIs with Roy contributing 13 and 52 and Billings 52 and a duck. They opened the batting together in both matches.
HADDIN'S ISLAMABAD FALL SHORT IN PSL
In the Pakistan Super League, Brad Haddin and his Islamabad United side faced the Karachi Kings in an Qualifying Final. Chasing 126 to win, Haddin and his team were all out for 82 and eliminated from the tournament.
Haddin was bowled for a duck.
SILK PILES ON THE RUNS FOR TASMANIA
In the current Futures League fixtures, Sixers Jordan Silk, Ryan Carters, Harry Conway and Ben Dwarshuis are lining up for their respective states.
At Kingston Twin Ovals near Hobart, Tasmanian captain Jordan Silk was phenomenal with the bat against Victoria, piling on 161 runs from 300 balls in his team’s first innings. In the Tasmania's second innings, Silk was made 28 runs.
For New South Wales against South Australia in Glenelg, Ryan Carters returned scores of 5 and 7 in his two innings while Dwarshuis was 31 not out in the Blues’ first innings.
NSW reached 260 and then bowled SA out for 239, with Conway and Dwarshuis taking a wicket each. With his second opportunity with the bat, Dwarshuis made 14 runs before being bowled by Cameron Valente.
MADDINSON RETURNS FOR THE NSW BLUES
After their match against Tasmania in Wollongong was rained out, the NSW Blues returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground to face South Australia in a must-win Sheffield Shield match.
The first day was interrupted regularly by scattered showers, with Sixers Nic Maddinson, Doug Bollinger, Will Somerville, Moises Henriques and Dan Hughes all in the XI. Sean Abbott was selected as 12th man.
NSW bowled SA out for 229 in their first innings, with Bollinger and Somerville taking a wicket each. Hughes and Maddinson opened the batting together and built an 82-run partnership before Hughes was caught for 26.
Maddinson made 70 runs off 60 balls before being caught out off the bowling of South Australia’s Daniel Worrall. The Blues' Sheffield Shield match against South Australia is scheduled to finish on Friday March 10.