Final (N), Melbourne, Jan 24 2016, Big Bash League
(19.3/20 ov, target 177)
Syd Thunder won by 3 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Sydney Thunder
• The report by Will Macpherson

Khawaja 70 hands Thunder maiden title

The fifth BBL final was a tale of two innings, and two collapses. Kevin Pietersen, who is in marvellous form, scored 74, before Usman Khawaja, who is in simply superhuman touch, made 70 which, as wickets tumbled, proved enough to hand Sydney Thunder their

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars176/9(20 overs)
Sydney Thunder181/7(19.3 overs)

11:10pm: Mike Hussey walks into a guard of honour again. The trophy is handed over to Mike Hussey and coach Paddy Upton. More fireworks at the MCG. Will's report will tell you the full story.

Michael Hussey who had described his backyard clashes with David as "basically us two beating each other up" takes the title tonight. Sydney Thunder Women join Mike Hussey's men and celebrate. Many thanks for joining us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Nikhil Kalro and Chandan Duorah


Travis Head is the young gun of the BBL

Chris Lynn is the Player of the tournament

Usman Khawaja, Player of the Match: I don't think that is possible (is he batting better than Lara, as Mark Waugh said on TV commentary?). Credit to the guys.

David Hussey: We were one step closer. We got off the semi-final hoodoo. Not so sure if I will be back in charge. I will congratulate Jacques Kallis if he doesn't come back. Mike, you have won tonight. You are an icon of the game. Hope you stay involved with the game.

Mike Hussey walks into a guard of honour given by kids

Mike Hussey (again): It has been a great journey. To reach the summit is pretty special. I should thank the back-room staff. Thanks to the fans at the MCG. Thank you to the Stars as well. We have a lot of respect and admiration for them. I think we have a nicely balanced team. When you have three of the world's best allrounders, it makes my job special. I was actually annoyed with myself for playing a silly shot. Then I wanted to soak it up for one more time.

Mike Hussey: It feels fantastic. What a performance. Usman Khawaja was fantastic. I can't believe it. We have won the Big Bash. We had a plan; it was to build sustainable success. Happy Birthday, Mum. Hope you are not too disappointed for Dave

Jacques Kallis: It was good fun. The success is down to hard work and we got some luck along the way. Khawaja has been good for the last few games. He never gives it away. That is the most impressive thing about him.

Shane Watson: It is incredible, from where we were a couple of years ago. It all clicked nicely and it's no surprise that things worked. The way Khawaja is batting; it's another level. Wherever they bowl, he can hit it wherever he wants.

10:45pm: From finishing eighth in the first three seasons and seventh in the previous one, Thunder have come a long way. What a turnaround!

Khawaja set up the chase of 177, with another fifty. Thunder were caught in a muddle in the middle overs, having lost three wickets in three overs, including Mike Hussey and Russell, but Rohrer carried his side home with three balls to spare in a tight finish. Mike Hussey is joined by his kids and his brother David. Plenty of smiles there. Do stick around for the presentation.

Faizan: "Congrats Sydney Thunder... Kudos to the team, well deserved.... "

Melvin: "This is like Thunder's 11th win in the whole BBL and now they are the champions !"

La: "Wow Sydney thunder. #ThankyouHussey"

Worrall to Rohrer, SIX runs
Thunder complete a double! Sydney Thunder Men also seal the title. Half-volley outside off, Rohrer unleashes a full swing and crunches it down the ground for a big six. Rohrer lets out a big roar and pumps his first. Mike Hussey signs off with a win. The fireworks go off at the MCG
Worrall to Rohrer, no run
pretty full and on middle, jabbed towards mid-on. The fielder can't throw the stumps down. I guess David Hussey was the man there

The field has been whisked in

Worrall to Rohrer, 2 runs
sliding into the pads, whipped away through backward square leg. Rohrer scampers across for the second

Worrall to bowl the final over of this season's BBL. Hussey has a chat with the pacer. Thunder need 4. Mid-off is up in the cirlce

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 173/7CRR: 9.1 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 4 from 6b
Ben Rohrer5 (6)
Chris Hartley0 (0)
Marcus Stoinis4-0-30-3
Michael Beer3-0-25-0
Stoinis to Rohrer, 1 run
finishes the over with a slow ball again. The length is short. Pulled to deep midwicket
Stoinis to Green, OUT
Stoinis hits back, David Hussey takes a smart catch. Another slower ball outside off, Green goes low and looks to launch this out of the park. He only slices it to cover
CJ Green c Hussey b Stoinis 8 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00
Stoinis to Green, no run
right in the blockhole, chipped to midwicket
Stoinis to Green, 2 runs
nice and full, offictter from Stoinis, the batsman skies it. Zampa runs back, dives at the midwicket region, but the ball swirls away from him
Stoinis to Green, 2 runs
helped down to third man. I guess that was the slower offcutter as well. The pair hare across for the second. Green dives full length at the bowler's end
Stoinis to Green, FOUR runs
pitched up on off, Green hits it over short cover. Mike Hussey applauds from the dug out
Stoinis to Green, 1 wide
Stoinis floats a slower ball down the leg side. Wide called

Green joins Rohrer

Dewam: "Darma Darma and Some More Darma..... Treat to Watch "

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 163/5CRR: 9.05 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 from 12b
Ben Rohrer4 (5)
Michael Beer3-0-25-0
Marcus Stoinis3-0-20-2
Beer to Blizzard, OUT
arrowed through, the batsman makes room, pushes it towards mid-off, and sets off. Beer moves quickly to his right and nails the stumps at his end to catch Blizzard short. Three wickets in three overs
AC Blizzard run out (Beer) 16 (7m 7b 2x4 1x6) SR: 228.57
Beer to Blizzard, SIX runs
Beer pitches this on the leg stump, Blizzard belts it fiercely over midwicket
Beer to Blizzard, no run
Beer hits the pad from round the stumps. Slog-sweep and a miss
Beer to Blizzard, FOUR runs
short and outside leg, pulled powerfully over backward square leg. Blizzard swings and beats the man in the deep
Beer to Rohrer, 1 run
leg-stump full toss, whipped to deep midwicket
Beer to Rohrer, no run
skids off the surface, clipped to midwicket. Blizzard sets off for a single, but he dives full-length and makes his ground. Stars needed a direct hit there
end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 152/5CRR: 8.94 • RRR: 8.33 • Need 25 from 18b
Aiden Blizzard6 (3)
Ben Rohrer3 (3)
Marcus Stoinis3-0-20-2
Adam Zampa4-0-32-2
Stoinis to Blizzard, FOUR runs
poor fielding in the deep. Full on middle, the batsman clears his front leg and heaves it over midwicket. Worall, who had pouched a catch at backward point earlier in the night, makes a mess of this, fumbles, and lets it go for four
Stoinis to Blizzard, 2 runs
112ks, Stoinis sucks pace off another one. Cut behind point
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossSydney Thunder , elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League 2015
Player Of The Match
Usman Khawaja
Player Of The Series
Chris Lynn
Series resultSydney Thunder won the 2015/16 Big Bash League
Hours of play (local time)19.20 start, First Session 19.20-20.35, Interval 20.35-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.05
Match days24 January 2016 - night match (20-over match)
Simon Fry
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Geoff Joshua
Reserve Umpire
Phillip Gillespie
Match Referee
Bob Stratford