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Daniel Sams’ all-round performance and Jason Sangha’s unbeaten 63 saw the Sydney Thunder down the Melbourne Stars by 15 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
Being put in to bat first, the Thunder made a brisk start to their innings before Jos Buttler was clean bowled by Adam Zampa for 20.
Skipper Shane Watson, who opened the batting with Buttler, managed to score 22 before he was dismissed by Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
Callum Ferguson became Lamichhane’s second victim before Joe Root and Sangha stabilised the innings with a 40-run partnership.
Root ended up making 18 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Zampa.
Sangha and Sams kept the runs flowing with a 77-run stand, during which Sangha, surpassed his fifty, before Sams was caught behind off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo for a 21-ball 34.
With Sangha going on to score an unbeaten 63, which came off 36 balls and included four boundaries and a six, the Thunder finished on 181/5 off their 20 overs.
Zampa and Lamichhane picked up two wickets apiece, while Bravo chipped in with one.
Just three balls into the Stars’ innings, the rain came and led to the match being delayed for about 40 minutes. As a result, the Stars were set a target of 90 to win off eight overs.
However, they faltered at the beginning as Ben Dunk fell early before Sams took out Travis Dean and captain Glenn Maxwell for seven and a duck respectively.
Marcus Stoinis only made two runs, while Bravo scored 11 before he was sent packing by Gurinder Sandhu.
Evan Gulbis was the next to go as he was clean bowled by Sams for 10.
Even though Nick Larkin smashed an unbeaten 28 off just 13 balls, the Stars fell short of their target as they finished on 74/6.
Sams was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Sandhu, Chris Green and Nathan McAndrew claimed one wicket each.
Sams was named Man of the Match.