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Sydney Thunder give Mike Hussey perfect farewell with Big Bash win

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The cinderella story is complete.

Sydney Thunder, the team that have rarely won a game in the last four years of the Big Bash, have won the 2016 tournament.

They defeated the Melbourne by three wickets with five balls remaining in front of 47,672 fans.

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Batting first after being sent by in the Thunder, the Stars scored 9/176.

Kevin Pietersen continued his great form scoring 74 from 39 balls.

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His effort was supported by Luke Wright (23), David Hussey (21) and Evan Gulbis (16).

Shane Watson and Chris Green took two wickets for Thunder.

In reply, the Thunder had a scintillating start through Usman Khawaja and Jacques Kallis who put on 86 for the opening wicket.

Khawaja was always going to be the key wicket for the Stars as he has been in sublime form throughout the summer period.

Unfortunately, for Melbourne they couldn't find an early breakthrough, as he blasted 70 runs of 40 balls. His departure with the score on 123 still left the Thunder some with some work to do.

Big Bash League Final - Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Mike Hussey, playing his last ever game on Australian soil, scored 18 of 15 balls but when he fell with the score on 142 there appeared to be a deal of panic in the camp.

The Stars could sense this, and their hopes rose when danger man Andre Russell fell cheaply.

A couple of more wickets fell and the required run rate began to rise. The Thunder needed a cool head in this situation and Ben Rohrer was the man.

He only scored 13, but his experience saw his team through as he hit the third ball of the last over for a six to seal a historic triumph for the team from Sydney's western suburbs.

The Stars' bowling was led by all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who took 3-30 from his four overs, while leg spinner Adam Zampa took 2-32 and looked very promising again.

Big Bash League Final - Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

Khawaja was named man of the match and capped a double for the Thunder franchise as their women's team won the inaugural 20/20 competition.

Overall it has been a fantastic summer for the 20/20 brand in Australia, with crowd numbers and TV audience figures going through the roof.

The focus now switches to the international version of the format, with Australia playing India in a three-match series in preparation for the World Cup 20/20 in March.

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