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Klinger, bowlers power Perth Scorchers to third BBL title

Mitchell Johnson once again gave a brilliant start to Perth Scorchers with the ball
Mitchell Johnson once again gave a brilliant start to Perth Scorchers with the ball

Perth Scorchers 144-1 (Klinger 71no) beat
Sydney Sixers 141-9 (Richardson 3-20) by nine wickets
Big Bash League Final at WACA

After three-wicket hauls from Jhye Richardson and Tim Bresnan restricted Sydney Sixers to 141 for nine, Michael Klinger led the chase with an unbeaten 71-run knock to steer Perth Scorchers to their third Big Bash League title with a nine-wicket win in the final at WACA.

Perth have now become the most consistent team in the history of the tournament having won the title three times in the last four seasons.

Scorchers won the toss and opted to field first. Mitchell Johnson (1-13) was at his aggressive best conceding just one run in the first over which allowed Ashton Turner (1-8) to seize on the opportunity with the wicket of Daniel Hughes (8) in the second over.

In the third over of the innings, Nic Maddinson (1) was run out while Michael Lumb (5) edged one to the keeper as the Sixers ended the powerplay at 33 for three.

Brad Haddin (38) tried to step up the accelerator with four boundaries and two sixes but his 25-ball knock was ended by Richardson (3-20) in the 10th over, by the end of which Sixers were placed at 75 for four.

Richardson further dented Sixers' hopes when he dismissed in-form Moises Henriques (21) and Jordan Silk (3) in the 12th over.

The Sixers failed to find any momentum in the final five overs with only Johan Botha (32) waged a lone fight but Bresnan's (3-40) three-wicket haul restricted the visitors to 141 for nine in the 20 overs. In the last five overs, Sixers managed just 40 runs.

Sam Whiteman (41) got Perth Scorchers to a blistering start in the chase when he plundered four boundaries and three sixes in the first three overs to take them to 36 for naught.

Klinger (71 not out) joined the demolition act and with a six in the fifth over, he brought the 50-run stand with Whiteman and ended the powerplay at 61 for naught.

Even though, Whiteman was stumped off Nathan Lyon (1-28) in the eighth over, Klinger with his 49-ball unbeaten knock along with Ian Bell (31 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups and completed the chase in 15.5 overs with nine wickets in hand.

Richardson was awarded the player of the match while Brisbane Heat's Chris Lynn bagged the player of the series despite missing most part of the second half due to national commitments and injury.

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