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Jos Buttler smashed a superb 89 for the Sydney Thunder, but Matthew Wade’s career-best 85 was enough to lead the Hobart Hurricanes to a seven-wicket win.
Wade, who captains the Hurricanes, was well supported by fellow opener D’Arcy Short, whose knock of 58 ensured their side made it three wins out of three in the Big Bash League (BBL) season.
Choosing to bowl first, the Hurricanes got an early breakthrough as Riley Meredith trapped Thunder skipper Shane Watson lbw for 20.
Callum Ferguson only mustered 15 runs before he was clean bowled by Clive Rose.
Joe Root, Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams all fell shortly after, but Buttler and Chris Green rescued the Thunder as they forged a 66-run partnership before Buttler was caught and bowled by Jofra Archer for a 54-ball 89, which included eight boundaries and four sixes.
One, two, three boundaries in a row.
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With Green going on to score a 14-ball 26, the Thunder finished on 193/6.
Rose and James Faulkner picked up two wickets apiece, while Meredith and Archer chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 194 to win, the Hurricanes got off to a magnificent start as Wade and Short put together a 120-run stand, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.
Short ended up making 58, which came off 39 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes, before he was run out by Nathan McAndrew.
Wade and Ben McDermott added 46 runs to the score before Wade was dismissed by Sam Rainbird for a 49-ball 85, which included seven boundaries and four sixes.
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Even though McDermott was removed by Rainbird four balls later for 22, George Bailey led the Hurricanes across the finish line with his unbeaten 23, which came off 10 balls.
Rainbird was the only bowler to take any wickets.
Wade was named Man of the Match.