Pakistan has won the 2017 MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup by eight wickets thanks to an electric batting performance by batsman Suffan Hassan.
Suffan smashed three sixes on his way to 31 not out as Pakistan reached their target of 60 with 11 balls to spare.
India posted 2/59 off their seven overs, with Rohit Sharma and Gundeep Singh Gill top scoring with 22 each.
Talal Shah was the only wicket taker for Pakistan, ripping up Gill’s off stump and effecting the run out of Sharma.
Pakistan’s openers Suffan and Kamal Farzi (22 not out) were aggressive in their chase of the defending Champion’s total and swiftly reached the 60 needed inside the allowed eight overs.
The MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup gives cricket players from seven cultural backgrounds the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Twenty20 cricket, whilst representing their community.
This year saw players from the Fiji and Bhutanese communities join cricketers from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Fiji, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Indian in the competition with 82 teams and more than 800 players participating over an eight week period.
The winning teams from each community cricket round then represented their countries in the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup Semi Finals, with Punjab de Sher (India) and The Avengers (Pakistan) qualifying for the Grand Final prior to a Sydney Thunder’s game against the Adelaide Strikers on 18 January at Spotless Stadium.
This year saw the introduction of the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup All Stars, a squad of players that participated in the tournament.
Sydney Thunder Governor Mark Waugh picked a 16-player squad that has faced the winners of the Melbourne Renegades Champions League tournament for a three game series in Wagga Wagga as well as games against the Lahore Qalandars Player Development Squad and a MoneyGram Youth Scholarship Team from the USA.