BIG BASH LEAGUE 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes rescued Sydney Sixers from early quandary. © Getty
Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers, Sydney
Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes rescued Sydney Sixers from early quandary with a match-defining 124-run stand for the fourth wicket as the hosts downed Perth Scorchers by 17 runs. Chasing Sixers’ 165 – 64 of which came in the last six overs – Perth Scorchers suffered similar early setbacks and fell away shortly to endure a defeat.
Down to 30 for 3 after opting to bat first – thanks to an early and effective burst of pace bowling from Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson – the Sixers were in danger of folding for a meek total. In came Silk and Hughes with rescue orders. They busted a popular T20 belief that a team can’t recover after losing three wickets in the powerplay overs and scored quickfire fifties along the way. The pair even shifted gears from 100 for 3 in 14 overs to smash 54 runs off the next 31 deliveries before Hughes was dismissed by Andrew Tye. Sixers eventually finished on 164 and needed the bowlers to put in a big performance to kick-off their campaign on a positive note.
And they did. Like the Sixers – or perhaps in a worse way – Scorchers were dented early – by a triple strike from left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe. Unlike Sixers, however, Scorchers’ attempt at recovery wasn’t good enough. Ashton Turner and Hilton Cartwright added 99 runs off 70 balls since the fall of the third wicket, but once the former was dismissed for 49 by Sean Abbott there was no way back for the chasing side. From 108 for 4, the Sixers spun out of control, falling to 136 for 8 in the 19th over. Scorchers went into the final over with 27 to get and got just 10 off it.
Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 164/4 in 20 overs (Jordan Silk 67*, Daniel Hughes 62; Jason Behrendorff 2-28) beat Perth Scorchers 147/8 in 20 overs (Hilton Cartwright 53, Ashton Turner 49; Steve O’Keefe 3-19, Sean Abbott 3-29) by 17 runs.