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The Sydney Sixers secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Big Bash League after crushing the Sydney Thunder by nine wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
Choosing to bowl first, the Sixers got an early breakthrough as Thunder opener Jason Sangha was caught by Steve O’Keefe at deep third man off the bowling of Sean Abbott for five runs.
Captain Shane Watson, who opened the batting with Sangha, managed to score 28 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Tom Curran.
Callum Ferguson mustered 26 runs before he was caught Daniel Hughes at deep midwicket off the bowling of O’Keefe.
Anton Devcich, Daniel Sams and Chris Jordan fell shortly after, but Chris Green’s 22-ball 34 helped the Thunder finish on 128/6.
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Curran and Abbott picked up two wickets apiece, while O’Keefe and Ben Dwarshuis chipped in with one wicket each.
With a rain delay during the change in innings, the Sixers were initially chasing 124 in 19 overs.
However, they got off to the worst possible start as opener Josh Philippe was run out by Chris Jordan on the very first ball.
At the end of the fourth over, the rain returned and the Sixers were given a revised target of 84 to win in 12 overs.
James Vince and Hughes got the Sixers there with nine balls to spare as they forged an unbeaten 85-run partnership.
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Vince finished on 43, which came off 35 balls and included two boundaries and two sixes, while Hughes remained undefeated on 41, which came off 27 deliveries and included five boundaries.
Hughes was named Man of the Match.