Sydney Sixers were able to cruise to a fine win of 17 runs against two times champions Perth Scorchers in the fourth match of the Big Bash League. Sixers won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the hosts didn’t get off to an ideal start as they lost three early wickets for just 30 runs on the board. Meanwhile, Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes did the rebuilding work for the hosts.
They added 124 runs partnership for the fourth wicket to bounce back in the game. Both the batters adopted a cautious approach in the beginning of the innings. However, both of them changed gears after settling into the crease.
Silk scored 67 runs from 49 balls as his knock included four and one maximum. On the other hand, Daniel Hughes scored four fours and two sixes in his fine innings. In fact, Perth Scorchers had their chances as Ashton Agar put down an easy chance of his own bowling.
Jason Behrendorff was the pick of the Scorchers bowlers as the southpaw seamer scalped two wickets and gave away only 28 runs in his four overs quota.
On the other hand, Perth Scorchers got off to a worse possible start. They lost their southpaw wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Whiteman on the first ball of the innings. Whiteman charged down and was beaten in the flight to get stumped. Thus, Steve O’Keefe gave a fine start to his team. Furthermore, Sean Abbott also took three wickets.
In fact, O’Keefe gave two more blows to Scorchers as he sent back David Willey and Michael Klinger in quick succession. The off-spinner came up with his best bowling figures in BBL he scalped three wickets and gave away only 19 runs in his four overs quota.
Meanwhile, Scorchers skipper Ashton Turner scored 49 whereas Hilton Cartwright scored 53 to keep two times champion’s head above water. However, they could not take their team over the line. Thus, it was the second loss for the Perth Scorchers whereas Sydney Sixers have begun their campaign on a high.
Sydney Sixers: 164-4, Daniel Hughes: 62(44), Jordan Silk 67 (49), Jason Behrendorff 2-28.
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Turner: 49 (39), Hilton Cartwright 53 (39), Steve O’Keefe: 3-19.