Sydney Sixers skipper Brad Haddin lead by example to help his side win the first ever KFC Big Bash League match in a low scoring encounter against the Brisbane Heat at the SCG.
The Australian international smashed five fours and five sixes during an impressive 59 ball innings which saw him lead the Sixes to a 7 wicket victory thanks to a top score of 76.
Faced with a victory target of 140, Haddin and Michael Lumb (18) got the run chase off to the perfect start thanks to an opening stand of 38 which was ended by James Hopes in the 5th over.
Despite the loss of Lumb, Haddin continued to punish the Heat’s bowling attack with Nick Buchanan in particular proving expensive, conceding 21 runs from just two overs.
Nic Maddinson offered support with a quick fire 28 before Haddin and Steven Smith () saw the Sixers home with ** balls to spare to get their campaign off to the perfect start.
Having won the toss, the Heat struggled throughout their innings despite impressive starts from Matthew Hayden (29), Daniel Christian (32) and Andrew Robinson (22).
With no batsman pushing on like Haddin did the Heat could only reach 139-8 from their 20 overs on a wicket which was expected to produce scores of around 180.
Veteran Aussie spinner Stuart MacGill (2-21) lead the way for the Sixes, picking up two wickets including that of of opener Hayden, to help the home side take control of the match.