Sydney Thunder has finished their season with a strong win over the top-placed Hobart Hurricanes in front of a sell-out crowd at Manuka Oval.
In his first game for Thunder in two years, Pat Cummins (2/28) struck early to dismiss D'Arcy Short (7) and again in tenth to dismiss Matthew Wade (45). However a few missed opportunities in the field and a 94-run partnership between Ben McDermott (44*) and George Bailey (53) helped the Hurricanes set a total of 4-165 in 19 overs after rain affected play earlier in the innings.
Shane Watson (15) and Usman Khawaja (36) got Thunder's chase off to a great start before Callum Ferguson (47) and Chris Green (34*) combined to guide Thunder home with four balls to spare.
However a four wicket win wasn't enough to keep their finals hopes alive. Thunder needed to win tonight's clash in 11.3 overs to remain in contention.
Thunder made three changes to their XI with Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Matthew Gilkes coming into the side for Jono Cook, Jason Sangha and Baxter Holt, while the Hurricanes named an unchanged side after their win against the Renegades on Thursday night.
Sydney Thunder: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Usman Khawaja, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu
Hobart Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (C), Qais Ahmad, Jofra Archer, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Benjamin McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short
THE TURNING POINT
A 68-run sixth wicket partnership between Callum Ferguson (47) and Chris Green (34*) steadied ship and got Thunder's chase back on track after the consecutive wickets of Daniel Sams (7) and Mathew Gilkes (0).
THE FINAL OVER
Jofra Archer had the ball for the Hurricanes with Thunder needing 1 run to win. It took just two deliveries for Pat Cummins to secure the win for Thunder with four balls to spare.
PERFORMER OF THE MATCH
Pat Cummins was outstanding with the ball in his first game for Thunder since BBL|06. The right-arm quick claimed the key wickets of dangerous opening pair D'Arcy Short (7) and Matthew Wade (45) before they could cause Thunder too much trouble.
He also made a handy 10* from 8 deliveries to help secure the win with four balls to spare.