Sydney Thunder has lost to the Sydney Sixers by nine wickets in front of 34,385 supporters at the SCG after a tough first innings with the bat.
Two big sixes from Shane Watson (28 from 24) got Thunder off to a great start however the Sixers fought back to slow the run rate way down. Callum Ferguson (26) and Anton Devcich (22) made handy contributions however only managed to strike at 78.79 and 100 respectively. It took an outstanding effort from all-rounder Chris Green (34* from 22) to help Thunder reach a defendable total of 128.
After rain forced players from the field twice, the second innings was reduced to 12 overs with Sixers chasing 84 to win. A strong partnership between Daniel Hughes (41*) and James Vince (43*) helped the home side secure victory with nine balls and nine wickets to spare.
Thunder named an unchanged XI while the Sixers made one change with Lloyd Pope coming back into the side for Ben Manenti after their win against the Adelaide Strikers four days ago.
Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jono Cook, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Baxter Holt, Chris Jordan, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha
Sydney Sixers: Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince
THE TURNING POINT
The wicket of Shane Watson in the eighth over. The Thunder skipper is always a key wicket for opposition teams but especially tonight when he appeared to be striking the ball so well.
THE FINAL OVER
Chris Jordan had the ball for Thunder with the Sixers needing 5 runs from 12 balls to win. It took just three deliveries for James Vince to secure the win for the Sixers.
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Chris Green was outstanding with bat and ball tonight. His quickfire 34* from 22 deliveries helped lift Thunder to a competitive total and then he restricted the Sixers to just two runs from his one over.
And the all-rounder didn't stop there, he stayed out on the field signing long after play finished and the lights went out.
Thunder return to Manuka Oval to take on the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday 9 February.