All-round show from Sixers puts them on top
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
7th Match: Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers at S.C.G, Sydney, Dec 27, 2016, Cricket Highlights.
In search of a second consecutive win, the Perth Scorchers collided with the Sydney Sixers at the famous S.C.G in the 7th match of BBL 2016/17.
Despite losing the toss, Sydney Sixers started on a brilliant note with the spin twins, Johan Botha and Steve O’Keefe, keeping the things tight and not giving anything away. The pressure created by them helped Doug Bollinger to pick up a wicket as he got rid of Shaun Marsh in his first over.
Henriques introduced another spinner, in Somerville, into the attack and the off-spinner was in action straightaway as he dismissed Klinger for 18. Although both the openers were back in the pavilion, it didn’t hamper the run-rate with Sam Whiteman and Ian Bell managing to put the loose deliveries away for boundaries. However, with Whiteman gone after making a quickfire 28, the scoring rate took a beating.
The Sixers’ skipper sensed an opportunity to pick up a wicket or two more and therefore brought Sean Abbott back into the attack. And the pacer responded to his captain's call by removing Willey on the first ball of his new spell. The Scorchers, then, lost two of their best batsmen – Bell and Voges – in the next couple of overs and as a result, found themselves in deep trouble at the end of 14 overs with the score reading 93/6.
Mitchell Marsh, too, found it difficult to get going at the start of his innings, but he didn’t throw his wicket away and batted right till the end to help his team finish with a respectable total of 130.
The target of 131 was not a huge one, but with the bowling lineup that Scorchers possessed, it was definitely a trickier one. Sam Billings, who opened the innings in absence of Jason Roy, didn’t let the latter’s absence felt at the top of the order, as he was off to a flashy start and scored the runs thick and fast.
With the Scorchers in need of a breakthrough, Adam Voges brought Mitchell Marsh into the attack and the move worked brilliantly for them, as Marsh got rid of the dangerous looking Billings. The wicket did slow things down a bit, but the Sixers’ batsmen were still able to take the singles and kept the scoreboard moving.
Henriques, then, decided to play some big shots and targeted Ashton Agar by smashing the left-arm spinner for two successive boundaries. Just when one was expecting some more fireworks from Henriques, his innings was cut short by Andrew Tye, who rapped him in front of the stumps.
Johan Botha was the new batsman in and after scoring his first 13 runs in 14 balls, changed the gears and tear apart Jhye Richardson. He thrashed the bowler for 18 runs in the 18th over, which eventually turned out to be the last over of the match. For his cameo of 19-ball 30 and bowling economical spell (4-0-26-1), he was awarded the Man of the match award.
- Jordan Silk
- Brad Haddin (wk)
- Moises Henriques (c)
- Sam Billings
- Johan Botha
- Steve O'Keefe
- Sean Abbott
- Ben Dwarshuis
- Ryan Carters
- Doug Bollinger
- William Somerville
- Michael Klinger
- Shaun Marsh
- Ian Bell
- Mitchell Marsh
- Adam Voges (c)
- Ashton Turner
- Sam Whiteman (wk)
- Ashton Agar
- David Willey
- Jhye Richardson
- Andrew Tye