All-round show from Jacques Kallis, who was also adjudged the man of the match, and a quick-fire knock from Mike Hussey proved more than enough for Sydney Thunders as they defeated Perth Scorchers by 20 runs to register their second victory of the season.
Chasing a target of 180, Scorchers lost four of their top five batsmen (Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger, Adam Voges and Ashton Turner) in the first six overs. Michael Carberry and Sam Whiteman then provided some stability and put on 50 runs for the 5th wicket, before Whiteman got stumped by Chris Hartley on the bowling of Nathan Hauritz. With 89 needed of 42 balls, Carberry and Ashton Agar tried their level best to take Scorchers to victory but fell short by 20 runs. Carberry remained unbeaten on 69, whereas Agar hit the ball as cleanly as he could for his 31-run knock. Jacques Kallis was the wrecker-in-chief for Sydney Thunders as he returned with the bowling figures of 2-24 in his 4 overs.
Earlier after winning the toss and choosing to bat, Sydney Thunders lost Andrew McDonald’s wicket early. Jacques Kallis and Aiden Blizzard then smashed Scorchers bowlers all round the park and Kallis brought up his second fifty of the season. Both put on 74 runs for the 2nd wicket before Blizzard got out to Andrew Tye. He scored 47 runs out of which, 32 came in boundaries and sixes. Skipper Mike Hussey came in at number 4 and put on a 34 and 41-run partnership with Kallis and Eoin Morgan respectively to take Thunders total to 179. Kallis top-scored for them with 70 off 49 balls whereas Hussey played a quick-fire knock of 36 with 4 fours.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunders 179/3 (Kallis 70, Blizzard 47, Hussey 36*) defeated Perth Scorchers 159/5 (Carberry 69*, Agar 31*, Kallis 2-24) by 20 runs
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