Moises Henriques, the man who lead Sydney Sixers charge with a brilliant half-century, fumbled a simple run-out chance at the last ball as the Scorchers sneaked through to their second consecutive BBL win at Canberra.
Chasing a target of 148, Perth Scorchers got off to a steady start as their openers Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh added 70 runs for the first wicket, before Klinger got out to Brett Lee on 33. Skipper Adam Voges came in at number three and along with Marsh, he added 43 runs, before losing his wicket to Doug Bollinger. With 17 runs required of the last 12 balls, Sixers skipper Moises Henriques took a brave call and gave the penultimate over to offie Nathan Lyon. The spinner also did a great job as he picked up the 2 wickets of Shaun Marsh, who top-scored for Scorchers with 73, and Ashton Turner. But Lyon missed the trick by giving away a six on his final ball which left only 8 runs for Scorchers to chase down in the final over. Brett Lee, who was playing his last cricket match, took two wickets in consecutive balls after giving away 7 runs in his first 3 balls. With a run to get of the final ball, Scorchers’ Yasir Arafat sealed a single to spoil Brett Lee’s party and retain the Big Bash title for Perth Scorchers.
Earlier after choosing to bat, Sydney Sixers got off to a worst possible start as they lost their openers Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels in quick succession. Nic Maddinson tried his best to provide some resistance but got out to Arafat on the score of 19. Henriques and Ryan Carters then played extremely well and put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket in the last 10.4 overs to guide Sydney Sixers to a fighting total of 147. Henriques hit 77 of just 57 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes, whereas Carters remained unbeaten on 35.
Shaun Marsh was adjudged the man of the match for his magnificient innings that included 3 fours and 3 sixes.