Perth Scorchers 4 for 183 (M Marsh 57*, Munro 50, Pope 2-13) beat Sydney Sixers 97 (Edwards 44, Tye 4-20, J Richardson 3-15) by 86 runs
After no wins in their first four games, the Perth Scorchers have now run up a hat-trick of wins, the latest, in front of a home crowd, coming against table-toppers Sydney Sixers, who were beaten comprehensively by 86 runs. Half-centuries from Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh took them to a competitive 183, after which Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson shared seven wickets between them to bowl the Sixers out for 97.
The result took the Scorchers up to sixth on the points table, only four points away from breaking into the top four.
Sixers recover after early Scorchers onslaught
The Scorchers' English opening pair of Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone brought out the fireworks early against Jackson Bird as the home side raced away to 22 in two overs after being asked to bat. Livingstone rode his luck, top-edging a six and whipping shots off his pads that just eluded the fielders, but was then caught for a 13-ball 16 looking to clear offspinner Steve O'Keefe over deep midwicket in the fourth over.
That brought in Munro at No. 3, and he began with a four off Jake Ball and a six off O' Keefe to get going. But at the other end, Roy was struggling with his timing. It was thanks to Munro's aggression that at the ten-over mark the Scorchers had reached 71, with Roy's strike rate below a run-a-ball. Munro reached his half-century in the 12th over one ball after hitting X-factor sub Lloyd Pope for a six. But the legspinner took his revenge midway through the over when Munro mistimed a sweep to the backward square fielder to be dismissed for a 34-ball 50. Two overs later, Roy was out to Pope after an excruciating 31-ball 27, caught in the deep after a slog. At that stage, the Scorchers were 3 for 99 after 14 overs.
Marsh leads death-overs assault
Marsh walked in at Roy's dismissal and drilled a drive through the covers off his first ball to set the tone. With Josh Inglis chipping in from the other end, Marsh hit Dan Christian for two fours in a 17-run 16th over. He then hammered Ball for a six and a four off the 17th.
But the biggest over was the 18th, delivered by O'Keefe, where Marsh hit a baseball-style swat over the bowler's head for six with Inglis, too, hitting a six and a four. That 19-run over, despite Inglis' dismissal, set the Scorchers up for a score over 170. They went better. Marsh struck three more fours in the last two overs - that added up to 27 - to bring up his tenth T20 half-century and set the Sixers a target of 184. The Sixers conceded 85 runs in the last six overs as the Scorchers had the momentum going into the break.
Richardson, Tye seal the deal
The Sixers have successfully chased steep targets in three of their last four wins, so early wickets were key for the Scorchers, and they got the first of those when the in-form Josh Philippe looked to clip a short ball from Jason Behrendorff over square leg, only for the leading edge to go to first slip. Four balls later, James Vince was out for a three-ball duck when he edged a drive off Richardson behind the stumps.
Jack Edwards and captain Daniel Hughes looked to counterattack in their 34-run stand for the third wicket but the latter fell to Tye, trying to cut but failing to clear backward point. Marsh then struck in his first over - the eighth of the chase - when his short ball was slashed by Jordan Silk, facing his first ball, straight to third man. Tye then took his second when Christian's attempt at a leg-side hoick took the splice and gave a simple catch to mid-on, ensuring the Sixers had lost half their side for 52, including three batsmen who did not get off the mark.
Carlos Brathwaite lasted only three balls, as his attempt to ramp Richardson's short ball found backward point instead, and if it wasn't for a well-utilised Power Surge by Edwards and the lower-order batsmen, the Sixers would have been out for much less. O'Keefe and Bird hit some big blows to take the Sixers' score close to 100 before a return spell from Tye and Richardson closed the game with over three overs to spare.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo