Big Bash: Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide Strikers to reach final

Usman Khawaja celebrates his century
Usman Khawaja is averaging 275 in the Big Bash
Big Bash semi-final, Adelaide
Adelaide Strikers 159-7 (20 overs): Ross 47; McKay 3-44
Sydney Thunder 160-2 (17.4 overs): Khawaja 104*, Nicholls 35*
Sydney Thunder won by eight wickets
Scorecard (external link)

An unbeaten 104 off 59 balls from Usman Khawaja helped Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide Strikers to reach the final of the Big Bash League.

Khawaja hit 13 fours and three sixes as the Thunder chased 160 to win with 14 balls to spare in Adelaide.

Adelaide's 159-7 featured Alex Ross's 47 not out, while England's Adil Rashid made 14 not out from only three balls.

Melbourne Stars meet Perth Scorchers at 08:40 GMT on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Four current or past England players could be involved.

Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright are in the Stars squad, while Michael Carberry and David Willey may feature for the Scorchers.

Before the men's semi-final, Sydney Thunder beat Perth Scorchers by eight runs at the same venue to reach the final of the inaugural Women's Big Bash League.

Big Bash League semi-finals
Big Bash LeagueWomen's Big Bash League
Thu 21 Jan (Adelaide)Sydney Thunder beat Adelaide StrikersSydney Thunder beat Perth Scorchers
Fri 22 Jan (Melbourne)Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers (08:40 GMT)Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers (03:40 GMT)

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