All-round Perth Scorchers go to top of table after win against struggling Sydney Thunder
Perth Scorchers 177-4 (Bell 45) beat
Sydney Thunder 127-8 (Cummins 39) by 50 runs
13th match, Big Bash League, WACA
A collective bowling effort from Perth Scorchers restricted Sydney Thunder to 127 for eight in a chase of 178, thereby securing a comfortable 50-run victory in the 13th match of Big Bash League at WACA.
Shane Watson opted to field first after winning the toss. Shaun Marsh's (4) struggle in the tournament continued as he was caught at short cover in the first over of the innings bowled by Clint McKay (1-33).
Michael Klinger (38) and Ian Bell (45) scored six boundaries between them as Scorchers ended the powerplay at 47 for one. In the process, Klinger also completed 4,000 runs in T20s.
A couple of sixes from Bell off Fawad Ahmed (0-28) took the home team to 84 for one at halfway mark.
The 85-run stand finally ended when Watson had Klinger caught at mid on in the 11th over while Bell failed to carry on the momentum and was stumped in the 15th over bowled by Chris Green (1-21).
A blistering 27-ball knock from Mitchell Marsh (44 not out) and a 11-ball cameo from Ashton Turner (20) ensured Perth Scorchers posted 177 for four in the 20 overs.
Sydney Thunder chase was dented by David Willey (2-21), who picked both openers, Ryan Gibson (3) and Kurtis Patterson (11) in the third over. The wickets continued to tumble as Jhye Richardson (1-18) had Watson (3) caught at midwicket.
Andrew Tye (1-16) bowled a brilliant eighth over where he conceded just one run and the pressure eventually took a toll on Sydney Thunder as they lost Eoin Morgan (8), Ben Rohrer (15) and Andre Russell (6) in three successive overs and were reduced to 50 for six.
Pat Cummins (39) with his 26-ball knock helped Sydney Thunder post a respectable total of 127 for eight but they fell short of the target by 51 runs. Mitchell was awarded the man of the match for his all-round performance.
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