yorker on the legs, flicked wide of deep fine leg, they scamper a sharp second to clinch victory by 7 wickets with 7 balls to spare.
Sixers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Sixers are now nine points clear at the top of the BBL table. Scorchers move into sole possession of third place on 21 points by claiming a bonus point via the Bash Boost, breaking a four-way deadlock on 20 points with the Stars, Strikers and Heat. Come back tomorrow for more BBL coverage. That's all for now. Take care!
Man of the Match is Josh Philippe: "The plan was always to try to take it on in the first four overs and then read the situation of the game and take it as deep as possible. They got off to an absolute flyer so when we came out to bat, we wanted to take advantage and get ahead of the rate. I just feel super relaxed at the moment and that's when I play my best cricket, when I'm calm and relaxed. There's always a few nerves, especially against my old mates at the Scorchers but I try to stay calm. James Vince is a very calm man so it was very nice tonight to see him get back into form."
9.40 pm What a fightback by the Sixers. Scorchers won the first quarter of play, producing triple digits in the first 10 overs and then lost the last three quarters of the match as the Sixers contained them to less than 65 in the final 10 overs before a controlled chase spearheaded by a century stand between Josh Philippe and James Vince, who both scored half-centuries. Hughes and Christian get the Sixers across the line after both set batsmen fell very late, but by that stage the match was comfortably in hand for the Sixers. Scorchers can take consolation from the fact they claimed the Bash Boost Point courtesy of their blistering first 10 overs to start the match. Otherwise the Sixers were the dominant side on the night for the majority of play.
yorker on off stump, jammed out back to the bowler.
Josh: "Another game and Dan Christian to bring the Sixers home..... like clockwork"
good length ball on the pads, flicked through midwicket for a pair.
full on the legs, flicked to midwicket.
strays full on the pads, flicks this fine toward deep fine leg, sloppy from Tye sliding at the rope turns two into four. Tried to slap it back and clanged off his wrist before continuing on to the rope.
short and wide, chops a cut behind point for a pair, collected by the sweeper.
uses his feet to charge a full ball on sixth stump, drives this flat in the air at a catchable height but pierces the gap between mid-off and extra cover and races away to the rope.
short on the legs, flicked through square leg.
Slip now in place for Hughes.
good length ball on off, prodded into the covers.
full on the legs, flicked to midwicket.
Two new batsmen at the crease now. Christian joins Hughes with 16 off 17 needed. No slip.
googly cleans up Vince! Pitches this full on off stump, Vince tries to flick through midwicket indicating he read it out of the hand but perhaps turns more than he expected and pierces the gap between bat and pad, middle stump pegged back.
Fawad returns for his final over.
yorker on middle, jammed out to midwicket.
short on the legs, flicks this off the hips to deep backward square and they jog back for the second.
full and wide, beaten trying to drive through cover.
bouncer, followed by the pitched up delivery cleans up Philippe. Full on the stumps, Philippe shuffles way across his stumps to flick over fine leg and then doesn't really make much of an effort to complete the shot. The blow to the helmet on the previous ball did enough to disrupt his concentration and middle stump is pegged back.
Physio runs out for a cursory concussion check after the ball clanged into the helmet.
slower bouncer on the stumps at 123 kph, through the pull shot too soon and gets crunched in the jaw just at the bottom of the helmet grill.
short on the stumps, pulled through backward square.
good length ball flicked through the infield.
short on the body, pulls this wide of deep backward square again for another easy pair. 50 up for Vince off 32 balls. Just six dots in his knock. Peppered his knock with plenty of singles to keep Philippe on strike and happy to ride anonymously alongside the hot bat at the opposite end.
attempted yorker, flicks this off leg stump wide of deep backward square and they scamper a second.
|Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|Toss||Perth Scorchers, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||16 January 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Sydney Sixers 3, Perth Scorchers 1|
Over 19 • SS 164/3Sixers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
|DP Hughes||not out||11||9|
|DT Christian||not out||7||4|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 1)|
|Total||164(3 wkts; 18.5 ovs)|