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James Vince walloped a 46-ball 75 to help the Sydney Sixers crush the Brisbane Heat by 79 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Choosing to bowl first, the Heat got their first breakthrough on the 11th ball of the match as Sixers opener Josh Philippe was caught by Ben Cutting at mid-on off the bowling of Josh Lalor for 17.
Daniel Hughes, who opened the batting with Philippe, only made 13 before he was clean bowled by Lalor.
Sixers skipper Moises Henriques failed to have an impact as he was caught by Lalor at third man off the bowling of Brendan Doggett for four runs.
Vince and Jordan Silk stabilised the innings with a 94-run partnership, during which Vince surpassed his fifty, before he was caught by Heat captain Chris Lynn at short third man off the bowling of Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 75, which came off 46 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.
Silk went on to make a 26-ball 41, which included four boundaries, before he was cleaned up by Lalor.
Lalor also removed Tom Curran and Jack Edwards, which led to the Sixers finishing on 177/7.
Lalor was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Mujeeb and Doggett chipped in with one wicket apiece.
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Chasing 178 to win, the Heat lost opener Max Bryant on the fourth ball of their innings as he was clean bowled by Steve O’Keefe for a duck.
Lynn only made two runs before he was caught by Edwards at backward point off the bowling of Sean Abbott.
Jimmy Peirson fell next, while Brendon McCullum managed to make 27 before he was caught by Silk at deep midwicket off the bowling of Lloyd Pope.
Once McCullum was gone, the Heat continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Even though Cutting smashed a 26-ball 28, it was nowhere near enough as the Heat ended up being skittled out for 98.
Abbott and Curran took three wickets apiece, while Pope snapped up two and O’Keefe claimed one.
Vince was named Man of the Match.