After rain interruption, Sydney Sixers returned to defend 117, and quick Josh Hazlewood, spin duo Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe mowed down Melbourne’s top order to effectively seal the match.
Big Bash League 2019-20: Marcus Stoinis slams tournament's highest individual score as Melbourne Stars beat Sydney Sixers
Marcus Stoinis on Sunday scored the highest individual score in Big Bash League (BBL) history, a 79-ball 147 for Melbourne Stars.
Watch: Matthew Renshaw, Tom Banton's catch to dismiss Matthew Wade in controversial fashion during BBL match
On the final ball of the 15th over, Wade, intending to go for a six, smashed a Ben Cutting delivery towards Matthew Renshaw at long on. Renshaw, however, almost lost balance but managed to throw the ball into the air before stepping beyond the boundary line, and batted the ball to Tom Banton, who completed the catch safely in the field of play.
Marcus Stoinis has been fined A$7,500 (~ $5,200) for directing personal abuse at Australia team mate Kane Richardson during a Big Bash League Twenty20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Big Bash League: Match called off due to 'dangerous and unreasonable playing conditions' caused by bushfire smoke in Canberra
Chasing 162 for victory against Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder were 40-1 in the fifth over when the contest was halted because of lack of visibility and poor air quality caused by smoke.
Big Bash League: Australia batsman Steve Smith rejoins former side Sydney Sixers ahead of new season
Smith's comeback for Sixers is most likely slated for the last two to three games of the regular season, and the finals leg, after Australia return from the subcontinent early next year.
Big Bash League: Perth Scorchers snap up England's Liam Livingstone as first overseas signing for upcoming season
Livingstone has played two T20Is for England in 2017, since then he has made himself a regular fixture in the shortest format of the game after his exploits in Vitality Blast in England.
Hales has amassed 1644 runs in T20Is with a blistering strike rate of 136.65. The right-handed batsman has previously played for the Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.