Mitchell Starc’s bowling heroics went in vain as Perth Scorchers thrashed Sydney Sixers by 36 runs with 15 balls to spare to hand them their first loss of BBL 04.
Chasing a decent target of 136, Sydney Sixers got off to a bad start as they lost both their openers Michael Lumb and Nic Maddinson cheaply. Riki Wessels, the hero of the last match, tried to stabilize the innings alongwith skipper Moises Henriques, but both got out at a crucial stage to leave Sixers reeling. Wessels got run-out by Andrew Tye, whereas Henriques was unfortunate to get hit-wicket to Yasir Arafat. As Henriques got out, Sixers lost their last six wickets for just 27 runs and got all-out for 99. Wessels top-scored for Sixers with 28, whereas Matt Dixon, Yasir Arafat, Andrew Tye and Ashton Turner picked up 2 wickets each for Scorchers.
Earlier after winning the toss and electing to bat, Marcus Harris and the centurion of the last match Michael Klinger got Scorchers off to a flying start. Both added 33 runs in 4 overs before Klinger lost his wicket to Sean Abbott. Scorchers captain Adam Voges came in at number three and scored 19 before Mitchell Starc delivered a fantastic spell of reverse-swing bowling and got rid of Ashton Agar and Sam Whiteman to leave Scorchers struggling at 109/7 in 16 overs. Then Andrew Tye and Yasir Arafat scored crucial 26 runs in the last 4 overs to guide Scorchers to 135. Marcus Harris top-scored for Scorchers with 36 and Mitchell Starc bowled the best for Sixers with 2-21 in his 4 overs.
Andrew Tye was adjudged the man of the match for his all-round show. He scored 16 with the bat and took 2 wickets, also affecting the run-out of Wessels.
Brief Scores: Perth Scorchers 135/7 (Harris 36, Starc 2-21) defeated Sydney Sixers 99/10 (Wessles 28, Tye 2-12, Dixon 2-12) by 36 runs