Brett Lee showed more improvement after injury but it was Stuart Clark and Scott Coyte who claimed the recognition as New South Wales swept past Queensland at the Gabba. The Blues overhauled the hosts' 158 in the 33rd over for the loss of four wickets, taking advantage of the powerful performance from their bowlers.
Clark was the Man of the Match for grabbing an early victim in both innings and Coyte finished the Bulls off with three breakthroughs in four balls. Coyte, a former indoor cricketer, cut his run-up to help speed up the over-rate and struck in devastating fashion.
After dismissing Chris Hartley, he knocked over Nathan Rimmington and Chris Swan, and would have had a hat-trick if Peter Nevill had picked up Cameron Boyce's legside nick. The return of 3 for 31 was a relief for Coyte, who started with an 11-ball over.
Clark collected 2 for 31 off nine overs in the seaming conditions while Lee returned 2 for 43, including the played-on of Lee Carseldine. Lee operated mostly in the 130kphs and moved the ball through the air as he continues to gain confidence after six months of rehabilitation on his elbow.
On a difficult night for batting, Queensland were 4 for 89 after 20 overs and needed James Hopes' late 39 off 34. Phil Jaques (30) helped the Blues to a two-run lead after their first innings while Moises Henriques (36) and Nic Maddinson - the 18-year-old was unbeaten on 39 - steered them home.