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Thunder post fifth straight win

01 January 2021

Runs from Hales and Khawaja highlight Sydney Thunder win over the Melbourne Renegades on New Year's Day

Usman Khawaja’s 48 not out and 45 from 19 balls by Alex Hales has set up Thunder’s fifth win of BBL|10 in a rain affected match on the Gold Coast.

Thunder made 2/117 from 12 overs when the rain hit for the second time at Metricon Stadium resulting in a seven-run win.

The Melbourne Renegades made 6/166 from 17 overs which was revised up to 173 under the Duckworth Lewis Stern method. It was the second time Thunder had beaten the Renegades in BBL|10, last time winning by 129 runs in Canberra.

The Renegades were 3-99 after 12 overs when the rain first hit the Gold Coast. Melbourne opener Shaun Marsh scored 87 from 48 balls.

Hales smashed seven fours and two sixes including 22 in one over.

He was dismissed by arguably the catch of the tournament from Mackenzie Harvey. 

Khawaja hit six fours.

Allrounder Nathan McAndrew came back into the side and took 3-41. He replaced New Zealand pace ace Adam Milne who finished last match with some ankle soreness and missed tonight's match as a precaution.

In his 100th T20 match, Chris Green took three catches. The other wicket takers for Thunder were Tanveer Sangha (1-17), Daniel Sams and Chris Tremain, who both claimed 1-30.


Alex Hales.

Following his 71 from 29 balls on Tuesday, Hales hit 45 from 19 balls putting the Thunder well ahead of the required run rate and moved him to 197 runs for BBL|10. 


Thunder will travel up the highway on Monday when they play the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

Last time the teams met earlier in BBL|10 at Manuka Oval, Canberra, Thunder defeated Brisbane Heat by four wickets.

Sydney Thunder BBL|10 Fixtures

Mon 4 Jan | Vs Brisbane Heat | The Gabba | 7:15pm

Thurs 7 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | Optus Stadium | 6:10pm

Sat 9 Jan | Vs Perth Scorchers | Optus Stadium | 7:15pm

Wed 13 Jan | Vs Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm

Mon 18 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm

Fri 22 Jan | Vs Sydney Sixers | SCG | 7:15pm

Sun 24 Jan | Vs Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 4:05pm

Mon 25 Jan | Vs Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm

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All Thunder Members will get priority access to BBL|10 tickets plus a 20% discount.

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