Twitter Reactions: Andrew Tye and Cameron Bancroft help the Scorchers register their second win
Stars slumped to their third defeat of the season.
Updated - Jan 9, 2019 4:58 pm
The 25th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) was somewhat a low key affair with the national players joining the ODI team ahead of the series against India. A lot of changes were made to both, Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars, teams. However, the game wasn’t short of any excitement at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) witnessed a decent fight.
After opting to bowl first, the Scorchers bowlers failed to breakthrough early. The Stars opening duo of Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk added 65 runs in less than nine overs. Usman Qadir accounted for the first scalp as he sent back the former for a well-made 37. The returning Nic Maddinson couldn’t make any impact as Andrew Tye bounced him out. But Dunk continued his merry way and slammed a half-century.
At one stage, it felt like the Stars will post a total in excess of 160. But Dunk’s wicket proved to be the turning point in the 16th over when the score was 121. The hosts then could only add 25 runs thanks to some exceptional bowling from Tye who finally found his mojo and returned with the magical figures of 4/18 in four overs. The Stars ended up with only 146 runs on the board after 20 overs.
Bancroft leads the chase
Cameron Bancroft played his first significant knock after coming back. He opened the innings with Michael Klinger and like Stars, they also got off to a decent start. The duo added 75 runs for the first wicket in 63 balls. Bancroft was the aggressor in the partnership as he played beautifully to score a half-century. Klinger struggled his way through to 29 off 30 balls and was sent back by Liam Plunkett.
However, the arrival of Ashton Turner only worsened things for the Stars. Bancroft was looking good for more runs but was undone by Liam Bowe on 59 as things seemed to be going close in the end. But Turner was determined to not let the winning position slip. Despite a couple of wickets falling quickly in the end thanks to Dwayne Bravo, Turner remained unbeaten on 43 off just 22 balls to win the game for the Scorchers.
They chased down the total with 14 balls and six wickets to spare. Despite a win, Perth are still at the bottom of the points table with the worst net run-rate. But they will be delighted that their batting clicked for the first time in the tournament.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the game:
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 9, 2019
Great to see Bancroft get a few #BBL08
— Brendan Moylan (@BAMoylan) January 9, 2019
Take Finch’s second innings of 3 replace him with Bancroft 56 and we lose #BoxingDay by 84 runs instead of 137 & we avoid embarrassing @FoxCricket interview #notlookingback #bbl2018 #AusvIndia #7cricket #starsvsschorchers
— Michael Taylor (@mtaylor1405) January 9, 2019
David Warner scored 59(47) in BPL.
— CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) January 9, 2019
What a coincidence🤔 if Smith played today, and scored a 50, all three of them (Bancroft, Warner and Smith) would have scored 50's in one day, for different teams around the world
— Ram's 🇩🇪 (@ChefDhungel) January 9, 2019
*Before start of second inning*
— Aslam Malik (@bajrangi_Aslam) January 9, 2019
Quite like this man Cameron Bancroft 🤘🏽Everyone deserves a second chance✌🏻
— vikram k ویکرم ک (@vague_species) January 9, 2019
— John Townsend (@johnt237) January 9, 2019
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 9, 2019
— Click (@ClickCollins) January 9, 2019
Bosisto ducks under bouncer, WK throws stumps down & he wants to take a single off ricochet. Turner doesn't run, WK knocks stumps off with Bosisto outside crease. Should be out…
…except it's the 2nd bouncer of over, called no-ball & game's over.
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) January 9, 2019
— Reece M (@Reecefm) January 9, 2019