Twitter erputs as the Perth Scorchers pull off a stellar runchase

Twitter erputs as the Perth Scorchers pull off a stellar runchase

The Scorchers won four games in four whilst the Sixers continued their horrendous run. 

Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger of the Perth Scorchers bats during the Big Bash League match. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

T20 cricket was at its breathtaking best as the Perth Scorchers’ scintillating run in the tournament as 2018 kick-started on a thrilling note. The Scorchers were down and out during the run chase and they never looked in a good position to go all the way. But eventually, the experience of Michael Klinger and a professional performance from Ashton Agar saw them through the Sidney Sixers.

Batting first, the Sydney Sixers got off to a decent start despite losing a wicket very early. Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson steadied the ship initially and after them, Jordan Silk played a blinder. Although it wasn’t the easiest of tracks to bat, they managed to post a decent total towards the end thanks to a good cameo towards the end from Sam Billings.

They posted 167 runs on the board losing just four wickets. David Willey was the pick amongst the bowlers who returned with figures of 2/30. Jordan Silk remained unbeaten on 45 off 33 balls and was the best performer with the bat for the Sixers. Experts touted them to go all the way and clinch their first win of the season going by this performance.

Destiny favors the brave

Talk about fairytale stuff, 2018 kick-started with two amazing stories. Vidarbha winning the Ranji Trophy will remain a talking point for some time and the other came from the Perth Scorchers’ senior pro Michael Klinger. After deciding to stay out of the tournament initially to accompany his wife who is battling cancer, he made an emotional return a few days ago.

He played a tremendous inning under pressure after the Scorchers lost two early wickets. Klinger and Ashton Agar collaborated brilliantly to stitch a huge 96-run stand for the 3rd wicket. Agar eventually fell just before getting to his fifty, but Klinger powered his way to an outstanding 83 off 51 balls, justifying his status as a reliable player in the shortest format.

There was some drama in the final over and somehow, the equation came down to 9 runs in the final over. Sean Abbott made an absolute meal out of the situation and bowle a horrendous delivery to concede 5 wides. Adam Voges then hit a huge six to finish the game off in style, which meant the Scorchers won four games in four whilst the Sixers continued their horrendous run.