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Maddinson hammered 61 runs off 40 balls
The Sydney Sixers recorded a six-wicket win over their crosstown rivals, the Sydney Thunder, in a highly-anticipated battle at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Sixers opening batsman Nic Maddinson proved to be the hero of the match as he smashed a magnificent half-century to get his franchise’s Big Bash League (BBL) campaign off to a great start.
Sixers captain Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bowl first.
However, he would have been regretting that decision as the Thunder’s opening pair of David Warner and Usman Khawaja amassed a brilliant 116-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Jordan Silk at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mark Cosgrove.
Warner’s excellent knock of 50 came off 31 balls and included six boundaries and a six.
Michael Hussey was dismissed just two overs later was he was caught behind off the bowling of Moises Henriques for just two runs.
England import Eoin Morgan scored four runs before being caught by Cosgrove at square leg off the bowling of his international team-mates Ravi Bopara.
Khawaja registered his half-century and was looking threatening until he was caught behind off the bowling of Henriques.
Khawaja’s fantastic innings of 66 came off 51 deliveries and included eight boundaries.
The Thunder eventually finished on 166/6 at the end of their 20 overs.
Henriques was the pick of the Sixers’ bowlers with two wickets, while Cosgrove, Bopara and Brett Lee chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 167 to win, the Sixers got off to a rocky start as opening batsman Michael Lumb hit a delivery from Gurinder Sandhu straight to Warner at deep square leg.
Cosgrove only managed to make six runs before being caught by Dirk Nannes at third man off the bowling of Chris Woakes.
Maddinson demolished the Thunders’ bowling attack and soon reached his half-century before being caught by Warner at backward point off the bowling of Blake Dean.
Maddinson’s impressive knock of 61 came off 40 deliveries and included six boundaries and four sixes.
Smith smashed a quickfire 22 before being dismissed caught and bowled by Carl Sandri.
From this point on it was all Sixers as Bopara and Henriques put together an unbeaten 50-run partnership to lead the franchise to victory with 10 balls to spare.
Bopara finished on 27 off 17 balls, which included three boundaries, while Henriques remained undefeated on 28 off 18 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.
Sandri, Sandhu, Woakes and Dean all picked up one wicket each.