Big Bash: Hobart beat Sydney for 4th straight win

Hobart: Hobart Hurricanes won their fourth game in a row beating Sydney Thunder by five wickets in the Twenty20 Big Bash League on Sunday.

Electing to bat, Sydney Thunder were restricted to an under-par 138/8. Chris Gayle smashed another half-century on a day when the rest of the batsmen struggled to get the ball away. Pakistani pacer Naved-ul-Hasan starred with the ball for the home team, taking three wickets for 22 runs.

Travis Birt`s blitzkrieg (35) at the top of the order and Owais Shah`s (41) steady batting took Hobart past Sydney`s score with eight-balls remaining.

The Hurricanes cemented their top position in the table with the win. Sydney, who are second, trail Hobart by four points.

Brief Scores

Sydney Thunder 138/8 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 53, Sean Abbott 39; Naved-ul-Hasan 3-22, Jason Krejza 2-29) vs Hobart Hurricanes 139/5 in 18.4 overs (Owais Shah not out 41, Travis Birt 35; Scott Coyte 2-14, Fidel Edwards 2-33)