The Thunder's best chance of victory in this match was always going to be to bat first, and they were able to do this. Still, if not for Michael Hussey, the 40 year old veteran who still seems to be able to bat as well as he ever has, they would still be without a win in the Sydney Smash. His 80 not out off 59 balls propelled what looked like being a meager total to a much defendable one at 4/158.
Michael Lumb showed off his classic English fielding skills, not only misfielding terribly a couple of balls, but dropping what is quite possibly the easiest catch of all time.
Brad Haddin excelled with the first ball he faced in the Sixers innings, being caught plumb in front off Green, but immediately looking at the bottom of his bat as if he had gotten an edge on the ball. It fooled the umpired, who ruled not out, which makes this one of the most audacious efforts in cricket history since W.G. Grace put the bails back on the stumps after being bowled and exclaiming "the crowd came to see me bat, not you bowl".
None of this helped as the Sixers were routed for just 122, giving the Thunder their first victory over their cross town rivals and a solid start in the new season.