Sydney Thunder secured a long-awaited Big Bash victory on Tuesday following a comprehensive nine-wicket demolition of Melbourne Renegades.
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The Thunder had gone 18 matches without success in the competition, dating back to December 2011 when they bagged six-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers.
The Renegades batted first at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, but home soil failed to help as they limped along to 104 all out from 18.3 overs.
One could have forgiven the Thunder for a nervy run chase, however Usman Kawaja (46) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (47) skilled off the runs to clinch the match with 51 balls to spare.
Sri Lankan ace Dilshan was in no mood to meander at the crease, bagging his runs from just 29, an innings that included seven fours and a six.
The Renegades won the toss and batted first, but not even in-form Aaron Finch was unable to make an impression on the scoreboard as he perished for a two-ball duck.
Alex Doolan (8) was next to go, although Daniel Harris and Ben Rohrer steadied the ship taking Melbourne to 61 before Rohrer was trapped LBW from the bowling of Andrew Tye.
Michael Hill came and went, but it was the loss of Harris (30) which took the score to 76-5 that was the catalyst for a batting collapse.
The tail failed to wag with Aaron O'Brien (5), James Pattinson (3), Nathan Rimmington (8) and Fawad Ahmed (8) being removed to set the Thunder a highly attainable target.
Gurinder Sandhu was the pick of the Thunder's bowlers with figures of 3-21. Ajantha Mendis took two wickets, costing his team 15 runs in the process.
Kawaja and Dilshan made wasted no time chasing down 105 to win with the openers racing to 89 from 9.3overs before Dilshan was caught by Michael Hill from the bowling of Pattinson.
That brought David Hussey to the crease and his quick-fire nine from six helped the Thunder cross the finish line with just over eight overs to spare.