Sydney Sixers 4 for 167 (Maddinson 61) kick Sydney Thunder 6 for 166 (Khawaja 66, Warner 50, Henriques 2-24) by 6 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Apart from Australia winning a Ashes, there have been few other projects some-more disturbed over in a executive corridors of a diversion in a nation than a bid to build a some-more rival Sydney Thunder. Bottom of a list in any of a initial dual instalments of a contest and winless final season, a group formed in a western melting pot of Australia’s largest city has most to live adult to after an off-season of regeneration.
Now braggadocio Michael Hussey as captain, David Warner and Michael Clarke on their books, and a span of stout English internationals in Chris Woakes and Eoin Morgan in place of a costly Chris Gayle, a Thunder are a particularly softened squad. They duly pushed on to their top BBL measure batting initial opposite a blue blood Sydney Sixers during a Sydney Cricket Ground, though were incompetent to shorten their some-more fanciful opponents in a chase.
Warner and Usman Khawaja, who tweaked a hamstring while batting and is a doubt for a Thunder’s second diversion on Dec 27, gave their group an ideal start though a problems of prior seasons – miss of even contributions – returned to haunt a center order. By contrast, a Sixers had a decent start from Nic Maddinson, before accessible innings down a sequence took them home in front of 18,180 spectators.
The representation during a SCG was dappled and arguably a bad aspect for Twenty20 combat, charity some critical rebound and laterally transformation for seamers in further to non-static pace. Maddinson was struck some-more than once by Dirk Nannes though beaten adequate purify blows in between to pass 50, with a languidly pulled 6 into a Members Stand a best strike of a lot.
His exclusion gave a Thunder some chance, though a captain Steve Smith, Moises Henriques and a England allrounder Ravi Bopara hold their nerve. The Thunder’s vital shortfall in fortifying their sum was a fact that while their pacemen are all of a high standard, a spin twin of Carl Sandri and Blake Dean miss a incisiveness.
That span had sat nervously on a boundary’s corner as Khawaja and Warner took small time removing into stride. Winded by one brief round from Brett Lee in a opening over, Khawaja shortly softened his timing, while Warner confirmed a movement of considerable Ashes form with a array of percussive blows.
They were helped by some indifferent fielding from a Sixers. Khawaja was turfed low by Daniel Smith behind a stumps, while Steve O’Keefe missed a one-handed lapse locate offering by Warner. The runs flowed rapidly, and during 0 for 116 in a 11th over, a sum over 200 looked probable.
But a doubtful involvement of Mark Cosgrove, who tempted Warner to sky a catch, swung a momentum. In thespian conform , after Khawaja’s 66 and Warner’s 50, no other Thunder batsman reached double sum as a innings petered out. None of Hussey, Morgan or Woakes could make an impact, and a sum usually upheld 160 in a finish by a confidant blow by Sandri, who swatted his initial round from Lee for 6 down a ground.
That strike took a visitors adult to a sum that looked reasonable adequate in a prevalent conditions, though a purify distinguished of Maddinson, a restraint of Henriques and Bopara, and a Thunder bowling conflict small brief of a compulsory depth, done it another night of beating for a losing team.