Perth Scorchers start BBL campaign with resounding win
Perth Scorchers 197-7 (Bell 61) beat
Adelaide Strikers 149-9 (Hodge 56) by 48 runs
Fifth match, Big Bash League, Perth
A spirited bowling performance led by Mitchell Johnson and David Willey helped Perth Scorchers defend a total of 198 comfortably to secure a 48-run victory in the fifth game of the Big Bash League at WACA.
Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to field first. Michael Klinger (1) was dismissed in the first over bowled by Michael Neser (2-37). In the first delivery of the second over, Ian Bell (61) was dropped by Jake Weatherald.
The drop proved costly as Bell smashed three boundaries and a six to take Perth Scorchers to 56 for one at the end of the powerplay.
Kane Richardson (1-38) provided the breakthrough when he had Sam Whiteman (22) caught at fine leg but Bell joined forces with Mitchell Marsh (31) added 57 runs for the third wicket in just 33 deliveries.
Marsh's 19-ball cameo included two each of boundaries and sixes. Chris Jordan (2-48) pegged the Scorchers with a double strike when he removed Marsh and Willey (2). Perth Scorchers were 125 for four at that stage.
Just when the innings looked in trouble, Ashton Turner (44 not out) played a 19-ball blinder which included four sixes and two boundaries to take the home team to 197 for seven in the 20 overs.
Adelaide Strikers had a terrible start to their chase as Willey (2-15) removed both Ben Dunk (0) and Weatherald (1) in his first two overs while Jhye Richardson (2-32) had Travis Head (13) caught behind.
Brad Hodge (56) struck four consecutive boundaries in the sixth over to take his team to 41 for three.
Johnson (3-33) made a memorable debut in BBL as he removed Kieron Pollard (4) in his first over. Hodge completed his fifty off 28 deliveries but became Johnson's second victim.
Kane (45) tried to keep the fight going for Adelaide Strikers with his 28-ball cameo but Perth Scorchers bowlers were instrumental in restricting the Strikers to 149 for nine. The 48-run win has taken Perth Scorchers to third position in the table with Turner bagging the man of the match.
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