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.
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.
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.
PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH
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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