Commentary: Sydney Sixers Vs Perth Scorchers, 43rd Match

Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers, 43rd Match

Sydney Sixers won by 6 runs

SYS - 151/5 (20)
PRS - 145/7 (20)

CRR:  7.25

Player of the Match


22:31 Local Time, 11:31 GMT, 17:01 IST: A terrific effort from Scorchers on a surface that clearly suited the hosts, but they needed more cameos around Eskinazi's unbeaten 54-ball 66. On a two-paced pitch, the Scorchers lost early wickets, were rescued by Eskinazi and Turner, who added 45 for the 4th wicket, Nick Hobson then played a blinder, but his dismissal in the 17th over put the hosts firmly on top. The pacers used their variations and Dan Christian killed the chase with a 2-wicket 19th over. Ben Dwarshius's six off the last ball of Sixers' batting effort being the difference between the two teams in the end. Three wickets for the super impressive Sean Abbott - the Player of the Match, two each for Kerr and Christian, who bowled the final couple of overs. 'We had a week's rest, knew we needed to bowl our cutters and change the pace on the ball,' says Abbott, in the post-mach interview. This win takes Sixers to within a point off Scorchers at the top of the table. These two might meet once again in the Qualifier, if things stay this way. That ends today's double header. Do join us for more action tomorrow. Plenty of cricket going around the world and you can change tabs to follow all the action. For now, cheers and bye..

PRS: 145-7 after 20 overs

19.6 Hayden Kerr to Payne, 1 run, slower short ball outside off, muscled down to long-on for a single. Sixers win by 6 runs

19.5 Hayden Kerr to Payne, 2 runs, Kerr has sealed it for the sixers, just need a legal ball now - full and at the stumps, Payne doesn't have enough power on the lofted drive to beat long-on, comes back for the second

10 needed off 2 balls

19.4 Hayden Kerr to Eskinazi, leg byes, 1 run, appeal for LBW and they're reviewing, this was very full and straight? Was the angle taking it past the off-stump? No bat and we're onto ball-tracking: Impact is umpire's call and it's going past the off-stump - NOT OUT stays and they've taken a leg-bye, that'll put Payne on strike

19.3 Hayden Kerr to Eskinazi, no run, Eskinazi telegraphed his intentions, shuffled right across on the pick-up flick and missed, didn't miss the leg-stump by much and it's not wided - 11 needed from 3 balls

11 needed off 4 balls. Point comes up, long-on is back

19.2 Hayden Kerr to Eskinazi, FOUR, that's a start, picks the slower ball and swipes it wide of long-on, picked the gap in the deep and gets a boundary for himself

15 needed off 5 - it's all on Eskinazi now

19.1 Hayden Kerr to Payne, 1 run, Payne does well to turn over the strike, yorker length delivery at the stumps and it's squeezed down to long-on for a single

Hayden Kerr [3.0-0-23-2] is back into the attack

16 needed off the last over. Could Eskinazi have refused the run off the last ball? Ponting on air is surprised that they took the single - Hayden Kerr to bowl the last over

PRS: 136-7 after 19 overs

18.6 Christian to Payne, 1 run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Payne comes down the pitch and gets an inside edge onto the pads, takes the single

David Payne, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.5 Christian to Tye, out Bowled!! Christian is winning the game for the Sixers - on a length and at the stumps, was the cross-seam delivery, Tye swung across the line and missed, might have grazed the back-pad before crashing into the off-stump. The task gets tougher and tougher. Tye b Christian 6(4)

Christian to Tye, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!

19 needed off 8 balls - Christian aborts on his run-up with Eskinazi backing up, could have run him out

18.4 Christian to Tye, 2 runs, very full and at the stumps, driven down towards long-on and Eskinazi scrambles back for the second run, diving home to make his ground

18.3 Christian to Tye, 2 runs, very full from Christian, dug-out towards long-on and there's a direct hit from Smith at the bowler's end. Eskinazi was scrambling back for the second and has beaten the throw, so two more for Tye. The 3rd umpire has a look

18.2 Christian to Tye, 2 runs, slower ball at the stumps, Tye plays the angle and works it behind square on the on-side, comes back for the second