Manuka Oval has been the closest thing to a home ground for the Sydney sides this season due to COVID-19 rescheduling. The Thunder had played five games at the venue this season before Wednesday, winning four of them.
But even at their temporary fortress, the Thunder couldn’t capitalise on the Sixers’ early nerves.
Opening batsman Usman Khawaja, who has been unshakable in partnership with Alex Hales in recent weeks, was dismissed for two by Jackson Bird. The departure had every Sixer on the field grinning from ear to ear.
The wickets continued to fall.
Captain Callum Ferguson departed for just three before Sixers star bowler O’Keefe stepped up to the crease. He took no…