After his opening three innings in the tournament yielded just six total runs, Shane Watson produced a match-winning knock as the Thunder beat the Hurricanes by six wickets in Hobart on Sunday night.
Sydney won the toss and elected to bowl, and the move paid off instantly as openers Tim Paine and D'Arcy Short both fell inside the first two overs.
Ben McDermott and George Bailey steadied the ship for the home side at the crease, before McDermott fell to nice piece of fielding from wicketkeeper Jay Lenton and was run out on 31.
Dan Christian (16) and Jonathan Wells (26) provided nice little cameos alongside Bailey, and the man who was dropped from the Australian ODI side just hours before the first ball against Sydney hit back in the best way possible, leading Hobart to 8/161 with an unbeaten 69 from 54 deliveries.
Sydney's chase started much stronger then Hobart's first innings did, as Kurtis Patterson and import James Vince found themselves in a groove early.
The pair combined for 62 before Patterson edged one through off the bowling of Stuart Broad, and when Vince left the crease after an impressive 44 with his side at 2/80, Hobart were starting to believe they could take something from the match.
It wasn't to be for the Hurricanes however, as Watson powered his way to 55 from 31 balls, as two fours and five sixes pushed the game away from Hobart.
Ben Rohrer chimed in with 28 from 20 late in the piece, as the Thunder strolled to their second win in as many matches.
Zero Wicket's votes
3. Shane Watson (Thunder)
Watson propelled the Thunder to victory with an impressive display with the bat, and answered his critics in the best way possible after a poor start to the tournament.
2. James Vince (Thunder)
Sydney needed to start strong after Hobart lost some early wickets, and English debutant James Vince did just that, smashing 44 from 28 to put his side in a strong position when Watson entered the fold.
- George Bailey (Hurricanes)
Far and away the best player for Hobart, Bailey made the most of his exclusion from the ODI side by slamming a game-high 69 runs.