Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat secured the final two spots in the Big Bash League (BBL) play-offs.
The two teams will face off in the Eliminator on Friday, January 27.
The heat lost their last group game to the Hobart Hurricanes by two runs, failing to chase 121 and keeping the Hurricanes’ faint qualifying hopes alive.
But Thunder’s three-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars in Game 2 on Wednesday, they ensured they and the Heat propelled the Hurricanes to the last two spots.
Both games were low scoring and played on slow pitches which favored the bowlers.
Seamer Nathan Ellis, T20 Blast champion with Hampshire last summer, took 2-26 for the Hurricanes, before Tim David defended 10 of the final.
Leg spinner Adam Zampa took 3-25 for the Stars, who finished bottom of the table, but Thunder ended their 120 chase with seven balls to spare.
How do the playoffs work?
The top five teams qualify. Defending champions Perth Scorchers finished top of the group table, followed by Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Renegades, Thunder and Heat.
The top two teams, Scorchers and Sixers, meet in qualifying (January 28), with the winner advancing directly to the final on Saturday February 4.
Thunder and Heat face off in the Eliminator (January 27), with the winner facing third-placed Renegades in the Knockout on January 29.
The winner of this match then faces the loser of the qualifiers in the February 2 Challenger match to claim second place in the final.
Commentary from all Big Bash League play-offs will be available on the BBC Sport website and app.