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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)
michael-hussey
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Hussey leads Thunder to first win over Sixers

Michael Hussey will be a coaching consultant with Australia at the World Twenty20 in India next year, but the first night of the 2015-16 Big Bash League showed that he still has plenty to offer as a T20 batsman as well

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Scorecard summary
Sydney Thunder158/4(20 overs)
Sydney Sixers122/10(19.5 overs)

Thanks for joining us. There's plenty more action from the Big Bash. We're just warming up. Until next time, it's goodbye from the commentary desk. Cheers

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

19.5
W
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
19.4
McKay to Bollinger, no run

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

19.3
McKay to Bollinger, no run

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

19.2
1
McKay to Bird, 1 run

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

19.1
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
18.6
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

18.5
1
Sandhu to Bird, 1 run

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

18.4
1
Sandhu to Bollinger, 1 run

hit wide of the bowler to mid-off

18.3
Sandhu to Bollinger, no run

dabbed to the off side

18.2
6
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

18.1
1
Sandhu to Bird, 1 run

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

18.1
1w
Sandhu to Bird, 1 wide

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

18.1
1w
Sandhu to Bird, 1 wide

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

end of over 184 runs
SS: 110/9CRR: 6.11 RRR: 24.50
Doug Bollinger2 (3)
Jackson Bird11 (11)
Andre Russell 4-1-13-3
Clint McKay 2-0-10-1
17.6
2lb
Russell to Bollinger, 2 leg byes
17.5
1
Russell to Bird, 1 run
17.4
Russell to Bird, no run

swing and a miss. It was banged in short outside off, looks like Bird had decided he will look to play the pull but the head fell apart as he looked to make contact

17.3
Russell to Bird, no run

excellent yorker again, nearly took the off stump with it, through to the wicketkeepr

17.2
Russell to Bird, no run

swing and a miss. He went for a one-handed slow to the slower delivery

17.1
1
Russell to Bollinger, 1 run

full toss on middle, pushed past the bowler to mid-off

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 106/9CRR: 6.23 RRR: 17.66
Doug Bollinger1 (1)
Jackson Bird10 (7)
Clint McKay 2-0-10-1
Fawad Ahmed 3-0-22-0
16.6
1
McKay to Bollinger, 1 run

dabs it wide of point and sets off for a single that wasn't on, luckily for him, the fielder misses a direct hit at the bowler's end. Bollinger was miles short of the crease

Match details
Sydney Showground Stadium
TossSydney Thunder, elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey
Hours of play (local time)19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.40
Match days17 December 2015 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Geoff Joshua
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Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
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Sam Nogajski
Reserve Umpire
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David Taylor
Match Referee
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Bob Stratford
PointsSydney Thunder 2, Sydney Sixers 0