BBL 2016/17: A Win Over Perth Scorchers Takes Sydney Sixers To Top Of The Table
It was Sydney Sixers who walked out victorious in the Big Bash League group stage clash against Perth Scorchers on Tuesday by six wickets to register their second win in three games played so far.
Under a clear sky at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Sixers took on Perth Scorchers, who won the toss and elected to bat first. Coming in with a win in their last match, Perth had a sluggish start to their innings, losing two wickets well within the powerplay. The visitors could hardly mount any pressure on Sixers, as losing wickets on the regular wasn’t helping the cause either.
Johan Botha led bowling line-up kept things tight for the hosts as each of the six bowlers, who were handed the ball, did not leave empty hand. For Perth, wicket-keeper batsman Sam Whiteman joined Mitchell Marsh, who remained not out on 31 and scored major portion of the side’s runs. However, captain Adam Voges looked out of sort, as he couldn’t inspire his side to a avoid a collapse. Perth in total managed just 130 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs.
In their quest to maintain the points lead in the tournament early on by winning the game, Sixers lost Veteran Brad Haddin in the fifth over for just seven runs. Joined by the captain Moises Henriques at the crease, England’ Sam Billings continued to perform on the other end. Both the right-handed batsmen anchored the innings but couldn’t go far as pacer Andrew Tye and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh wrapped up Henriques (24) and Billings (40) respectively.
Late resistance from Jordan Silk and Johan Botha helped Sixers cross the winning with six wickets in hand and two overs to spare. For picking up one wicket and scoring 30 runs, skipper Johan Botha was given the Man-of-the-Match award.
Perth Scorchers – 130/8; Mitchell Marsh 31*(29), Sam Whiteman 28(16), William Somerville 2/10.
Sydney Sixers – Sam Billings 40(30), Johan Botha 30*(19), Andrew Tye 3/15.
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