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Usman Khawaja leads Sydney Thunder to maiden Big Bash title

Melbourne: Usman Khawaja continued his recent hot streak in the Big Bash League final to propel Sydney Thunder to a first title with a three-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars yesterday.

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja

Khawaja thumped 70 off 40 balls to become the second highest run-scorer in BBL-5, despite only playing four matches, with 345 at a staggering average of 172.50.

The left-hander shared an 86-run opening stand with Jacques Kallis (28) to set the tone for the Thunder, who chased down 177 with just three balls to spare to give retiring captain Mike Hussey (18) the perfect send-off. Hussey played 79 Tests, 185 ODIs and 38 T20Is for Australia.

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