Reigning Champions Sydney Thunders were outclassed by their city rivals Sydney Sixers in the opening game of the Big Bash League.Thunder lost a clump of wickets in their middle of their innings while Sixers captain Moises Henriques led from the front to take Sixers home to a comfortable win by nine wickets.
Henriques was instrumental with on field tactics as he rotated his bowlers to a tee after Thunder made a good start to their innings being placed at 64 for 1 at one stage. The surface was also not ideal as it was not conducive for stroke making. Later in the chase, Henriques played a sensible innings for his side and took the attack to the opposition bowlers especially Pat Cummins. André Russell was in amidst another controversial incident as he walked out to crease holding a pure black bat raising concern among umpires and opposition players.
Thunder did seem to have control in the game early in the innings as Doug Bollinger and Joe Mennie were expensive in their early spells. Henriques made changes and brought the spin duo of Steve O’Keefe and Johan Botha to stifle the flow of runs. The change resulted in downfall of Eoin Morgan as the momentum changed hands in the game. Russell could not score big on the night as late innings of Sydney Thunders lost all the good momentum build early in the innings.
Since the inception of Big Bash League, Sixers always had the wood over their city rivals Thunder but last season things changed as Thunder went on to win the big prize. Sixers may have found their mojo back with his win over Thunders after last season’s disappointment of not qualifying for the semifinals.