Michael Klinger scored an impressive 81 and Andrew Tye picked up four wickets to help Perth Scorchers beat table toppers Brisbane Heat by 81 runs in the BBL match at Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday.
Heading into the game with loads of confidence on their back, hosts Brisbane won the toss and asked Strikers to bat first. Opener Shaun Marsh did not leave a good impression, walking back early on just eight. Sam Whiteman followed him on 12 as visitors were reduced to 31 for two by the end of five overs.
Perth’s middle-order did not help the runs tally either as Klinger seemed only one concerned about the scorecard. The right-handed batsman, however, scored 81 runs in the match which helped Scorchers score 156 runs for five on the board. Mark Stekekee and Mitchell Swepson bagged two wickets each for the Heats.
In the reply, Heat got off to a terrible start, losing three quick wickets by the end of four overs, including the captain Brendon McCullum on 15. With Chris Lynn been left out of the squad to prepare for the first ODI against Pakistan, Heats did not have many ferocious batsmen down the order.
With Joe Burns at their helm, hopes were kept alive for the hosts but even he couldn’t avoid a collapse from the hands of Tim Bresnan and Andrew Tye. Number three batsman Alex Ross played a dependable innings of 39 runs to see his side maintain their winning run, but eventually failed in the end.
With four of their five bowlers picking up at least two wickets, Scorchers attained a comfortable 27 win over Brisbane Heats.