Following his pivotal 43 not out from 21 balls in the Sixers win over the Perth Scorchers on Boxing Day, that included 24 from the 20th over, Curran smacked 35 from 17 deliveries to force a Super Over during the closest ever contested Sydney Smash in BBL history before a crowd of 35,296.
The men in magenta winning the Super Over Sydney Smash by one run, the first time the Sixers and Sydney Thunder have gone to the tiebreaker. Both teams made 149 from their 20 overs.
His efforts with bat and ball earning Curran his second consecutive Player of the Match award. The seamer took 2-23 from four overs and was handed the ball for the Super Over with the Sixers defending 2/16, Sydney Thunder making 0/15 in reply.
“I had a good feeling I was going to bowl it,” Curran said post-match when asked whether he expected to bowl the Super Over.
“Sixteen is a great score. I think anything above 12, maybe 10 or 12 (in the Super Over) is maybe par or just under.
“What a game of cricket.”
With the bat, in the Super Over, Sixers captain Moises Henriques produced one of the more remarkable shots of BBL|09, hitting a reverse ramp to third man for six.
“Unbelievable. It was beautiful to watch,” said Curran.
“I was umming and ahhing about whether to scoop my first ball (in the Super Over), and obviously didn’t, and knicked off.”
Despite the drama of the Super Over, Curran was annoyed he did not finish the match in the 20 overs.
“I was umming and ahhing between whether to try and whack the last ball or just try and get it to a Super Over at least,” Curran said, who did not make it back for the second run to win the match on the last ball of the 20 overs.
“Stokesy (Ben Stokes) was actually going through my mind, he said the exact same thing (after the World Cup Final against New Zealand).
“I walked off and I was convinced it was a perfect yorker, but apparently it was a length ball. I’m not going to believe it until I actually see it,” Curran said with a wry smile.
Crowd at SCG for the first Sydney Smash of BBL|09 (Getty Images)
Curran said it was an unbelievable feeling to play in front of such a big crowd.
“I just said now, talking to a few of the guys, from about the third over it was absolutely pumping.
“Before we ran out, I just looked, I thought this is good!”
The Sixers next match is against the Melbourne Renegades on January 2 in the Victorian capital.
Tickets for our next home match in Coffs Harbour against the Adelaide Strikers here.