Perth Scorchers (167/4 in 20 overs) beat Sydney Sixers (170/4 in 19.1 overs) by 6 wickets. It was a purely batting game where cricket fans have seen some sensible and fabulous partnerships.
Captain of Sixers ‘Adam Voges’ won the toss and invited his fellow captain ‘Johan Botha’ to bat first. After a brisk start from the openers ‘Jason Roy’ and ‘Peter Nevill’, 3rd bowler of Sixer ‘David Willey’ took the wicket of Roy 6 (7) in his 1st ball of the match.
New man in ‘Nic Maddinson’ and Nevill 33(30) build up a steady partnership of 34 (30), finally broken by ‘James Muirhead’ with help of wicketkeeper ‘Josh Inglis’ who stumped him. After adding 20 more runs for the 3rd wicket partnership Maddinson 30(20) departs off Willey’s bowling. Jordan Silk along with Sam Billings added a much-needed partnership at the crucial stage of game and scored a valuable partnership of 56 (39).
The highest wicket taker of tournament ‘Andrew Tye’ took his only wicket of match by taking wicket of Billings 33(21), he was caught by Willey. At that stage Sixers were 134 for 4 in 17.5 overs. Strong finish was required, Silk 45 (33) and Ben Dwarshuis 15(8) unbeaten knocks ensured it and took the charge till end.
Sixers managed to set-up a target of 168 runs in 20 overs. David Willey took 2 wickets, AJ Tye and JM Muirhead took 1 wicket each. Mitchell Johnson remained wicketless but bowled his 4 overs with an economy of just 6.25 with 11 dot balls.
In reply, Perth Scorchers lost the wickets of David Willey and Hilton Cartwright. DJ Willey 1(5) edged the ball to the safe hands of PM Nevill, bowled by BJ Dwarshuis. HWR Cartwright 10(6) was runout by J Both with the help of Nevill who took off bails on his throw. Scorchers were under deep trouble at that time and they were just 17 for 2 in 3 overs.
Michael Klinger and Ashton Turner had a task to buildup the partnership, they have done exactly same thing and scored a much needed partnership of 96(71). Both of them not only scored valuable boundaries but also kept rotating the strikes. AJ Turner 45 (32), caught by JC Silk was trapped by Left-arm medium fast bowler Daniel Sams.
Klinger contributed most in 40 (23) partnership with Tim David for 4th wicket at crucial stage but departs just when a finishing knock was required from him. It was again DR Sams who strikes for Sixers, Klinger scored 83(61) and he was caught by Maddinson. TH David 17(10), Adam Voges 6 (1) and some poor bowling by Sean Abbott helped Scorchers to chase the target successfully 19.1 overs. Seven bowlers were used by Botha and he himself didn’t utilize his experience as bowler. Only 2 bowlers DR Sams and BJ Dwarshuis managed to took the wickets.
It was Michael Klinger who makes the difference by playing a handsome knock off 83(61). Klinger hits 9 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 136.06. For his contributions, he earned Man of the Match award.
Perth Scorchers are still unbeaten in the BBL 2017-18 but it was 4th consecutive defeat of Sydney Sixers. Scorchers are now leadingthe points table and Sixers are at second last spot.
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