Manuka Oval has been the closest factor to a house floor for the Sydney sides this season because of COVID-19 rescheduling. The Thunder had performed 5 video games on the venue this season earlier than Wednesday, profitable 4 of them.
However even at their momentary fortress, the Thunder could not capitalise on the Sixers’ early nerves.
Opening batsman Usman Khawaja, who has been unshakable in partnership with Alex Hales in latest weeks, was dismissed for 2 by Jackson Chook. The departure had each Sixer on the sphere grinning from ear to ear.
The wickets continued to fall.
Captain Callum Ferguson had departed for simply three when Sixers star bowler O’Keefe stepped as much as the crease. He took no prisoners.
First, he despatched Sam Billings to the sheds for 15 after which took the essential wicket of Hales (54) simply earlier than the 10-over break. O’Keefe struck once more to dismiss Alex Ross (Three), finally ending with figures of Three-15.
Ben Chopping went for eight to go away the Thunder wobbling. After lacking the Thunder’s final two video games because of concussion protocols, Daniel Sams proved their saving grace.
Hitting 4 off the ultimate ball to complete on 50 not out, Sams gave the Sixers a good goal of 167.
With a rain delay in the course of the break, the chase was reset – and the Thunder refused to go down with no combat.
Justin Avendano was despatched for 17, after which a gradual ball from Chopping dismissed James Vince for seven. Younger star Tanveer Sangha confirmed the depth of his potential once more, dismissing skipper Daniel Hughes for seven at an important level within the match.
Regardless of a number of lifelines, Jordan Silk managed solely 13 – placing large strain on Philippe to see it by.
There was a last-minute scare for the Sixers when the teen was bowled within the second-last over, however the harm was already executed.
Carlos Braithwaite completed the job, hitting a boundary with eight balls to go.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.