1st Match (N), Sydney, Dec 17 2015, Big Bash League
(19.5/20 ov, target 159)122
Thunder won by 36 runs
Player Of The Match
80* (59)

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Hussey: Great start to our campaign. I thought we were clinical with the ball, having three world class allrounders helps. The wicket was quite strange. While it was coming on nicely from one end, the other end was a little up and down, the ball was stopping a bit. But it's a good result, good star to our campaign.

A clinical bowling performance then by Sydney Thunder. The total was big, alright, but by no means an impossible one. The manner in which the fielders chipped in was unbelievable. But the chief architects of the win were Andre Russell and Michael Hussey

McKay to Bollinger, OUT

swung across the line again, he got some bat on it but it was off the toe end as the deep midwicket fielder kept his eye on the ball to complete an easy catch. After seven successive losses against their cross town rivals, Sydney Thunder have finally broken the jinx.

Doug Bollinger c Kallis b McKay 9 (10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 90
McKay to Bollinger, no run

another big swing, but beaten. Big outcry, no outcome. The back-of-the-hand slower ball again

McKay to Bollinger, no run

he looked to hit that into Melbourne, totally deceived by the slower one, rolls to the wicketkeeper

McKay to Bird, 1 run

pulled away again, this time gets some bat on it but straight to deep midwicket

McKay to Bird, no run

swing and a miss. He looked to fetch the full ball from outside off

Bharath Seervi: "That is Bollinger's second six in T20s in 116 matches (15 innings). "

end of over 1911 runs
SS: 121/9CRR: 6.36 RRR: 38.00
Doug Bollinger9 (7)
Jackson Bird13 (13)
Gurinder Sandhu 3-0-30-0
Andre Russell 4-1-13-3
Sandhu to Bollinger, no run

slower bounce outside off, Dougie looked to swing but was already through with the stroke even before the ball got to him

Sandhu to Bird, 1 run

slow bouncer outside off, he plays the half-pull towards mid-on

Sandhu to Bollinger, 1 run

hit wide of the bowler to mid-off

Sandhu to Bollinger, no run

dabbed to the off side

Sandhu to Bollinger, SIX runs

he's got stuck into that one! Length ball on middle and wow, he's just hit that way into the stands at long-on. He can't believe it even as his partner walks up to him to give a high-five. How clean was that hit? Wonder if that's the best shot if his career. Ricky Ponting, on air, says it's time he retired. It can't get better than that, says Punter. His teammates have a laugh in the dressing room

Sandhu to Bird, 1 run

picked away nicely over the infield, one bounce to deep square leg

Sandhu to Bird, 1 wide

another one that nips back in from middle and leg, easy call for the umpire again

Sandhu to Bird, 1 wide

sprays it full and way down leg, swing and a miss