Perth Scorchers Defeat Sydney Sixers To Lift Fourth BBL Title

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The Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers accomplished the 1st and 2nd spots in the just-completed BBL 11th season, competed in the final. These two franchises have won 3 titles each, but the Sixers have enjoyed more recent success as they aimed to accomplish a hat-trick of titles. On the other hand, the Scorchers have appeared exceptionally powerful with their depth and bench strength.

Despite winning the toss Sydney Sixers have opted to field against the Perth Scorchers at the Docklands Stadium, Melbourne. The Scorchers have had a slow start to their innings. Their opening batsmen Kurtis Patterson and Josh Inglis struggled to establish a crucial first-wicket partnership, where Sixers got the first breakthrough as their bowler Jackson Bird grabbed Patterson 1 (4) and then Steve OKeefe comes into the attack to bag Josh Inglis 13 (13).

After losing a couple of wickets, the Scorchers’ batting order has been disturbed, as they lost their 2 more wickets in the shape of Mitchell Marsh 5 (11) and Colin Munro 1 (5), where the destructive batsmen fell short of Nathan Lyon’s bowling tactics. As a result, Scorchers’ batting order collapsed swiftly, while the Sixers took the centre stage with their formidable bowling unit.

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Turner and Evans are the only batters who appeared to be on a promising note to establish a crucial partnership and strengthen the innings for the Scorchers, while other batsmen failed to pick up the momentum to set the stage on fire. Meantime, then comes Sixers’ Steve OKeefe into attack again to get his 2nd big wicket in the form of Turner 54 (35). Moreover, Sixers bowlers appeared to be on course to make quick breakthroughs and restrict the flow of runs.

The game’s momentum was shifted when Steve Okeefe destroyed the 104-run partnership between the destructive batters Ashton Turner and Laurie Evans. After Turner, the next batsman, Ashton Agar 15 (9), couldn’t stick in much longer and has been taken out by Hayden Kerr. Despite losing back-to-back wickets at the beginning of the game, Evans with an undefeated 76*(41) strengthened the innings to lift the number on the scoreboard and set a challenging mark of 172 for Sixers in 20 overs.

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The Sydney Sixers also have had a slow start to their run chase, which has been set by the Perth Scorchers. Hayden Kerr 2 (4) was dismissed by Jason Behrendorff and Nicholas Bertus 15 (15) was dismissed by Ashton Turner. Furthermore, Kerr has not seemed much aggressive as the recent Challenger match versus Adelaide Strikers, who smashed an undefeated 98* (58). Meantime, Scorchers’ Ashton Agar made his first victim in the form of Moises Henriques 7 (7).

And then, Andrew Tye comes into the attack to sack Daniel Christian 3 (7). Despite bagging 4 wickets, the Scorchers’ confidence was boosted, and they tried to finish the match as early as possible in order to lift the fourth BBL title from the defending champions, the Sydney Sixers. As Scorchers bowler Peter Hatzoglou comes in an attack to dismiss Justin Avendano for 1 (4), putting the Sixers in serious trouble and diminishing their chances of winning the match. After losing a few wickets in quick succession, no Sixers batsmen could find a way to build crucial wicket-to-wicket partnerships.

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The Sixers’ confidence was not shattered, until their aggressive batsman Daniel Hughes 42 (33), who walked swiftly for a run-out. And then, Andrew Tye walks in once again to collapse the batting order and dominates the show by sacking Sean Abbott 1 (9) and Ben Dwarshuis 0 (2). Richardson picks Nathan Lyon 3 (3) and Steve OKeefe 2 (5) to turn the course of the game towards the Scorchers and finishes the match in just 16.2 overs. And that made a clinical win by 79-runs for the Perth Scorchers to lift their 4th BBL title in the 11th season against the defending champions Sydney Sixers.

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