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Twitter Reactions: Andrew Tye’s fifer helps Scorchers defend a small total

Tye's fifer ensured Scorchers continued their winning run.

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Andrew Tye of the Scorchers celebrates the wicket of John Hastings. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

BBL Cricket News: Perth Scorchers who started their title defence with a victory against Sydney Sixers were up against the Melbourne Stars who had a disappointing start to their campaign. A fighting half-century from Hilton Cartwright and then brilliant bowling by Andrew Tye helped Scorchers win their second game.

Stars invited the Scorchers to bat first. Michael Klinger who had decided to stay with his ailing wife instead of the BBL returned to the Scorchers’ side. Their start was thumped by an early blow from James Faulkner who had just bowled one over in the last game for the Stars.

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In this game though, he was back for his second and had the returning Klinger just for 1. Michael Beer, the left-arm spinner then rattled the stumps of Ashton Turner and left the Scorchers struggling 10 for the loss of 3 wickets in 4 overs.

Big partnership to the rescue

Hilton Cartwright and skipper Adam Voges provided the much-needed stability with an 83-run stand. They ran the ones and twos very hard between the wickets during their partnership. Voges hit two fours in his innings of 35 off 31 balls. Hilton Cartwright was the aggressive one among the two. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 58 run off 53 balls. Both of them fell in quick succession allowing the Stars to get back in the game.

A late flurry from Ashton Agar helped them post a total of 142 runs. Agar hit a four and 2 sixes in his innings of 33 run off  21 balls.

Mithcell Johnson beat the edge of Ben Dunk’s bat 4 times in a row after being hit for a four on the first ball of Stars’ innings. He returned and got his man caught at slip as Dunk failed to have any impact in this game. Andrew Tye who had picked up a hat-trick in the last game for Scorchers returned to take two more in his first over of this game. Bosisto caught the wicketkeeper Handscomb brilliantly at the boundary on the rebound while opener Wright was deceived and was caught at mid-off.

The run chase was rattled further when Richardson disturbed the stumps of Glen Maxwell to leave the Stars tottering at 40 with 4 wickets down in quick time. Ashton Agar dried the runs from one end which helped Andrew Tye get his third wicket as Stoinis failed to emulate his innings in the 1st game.

Quinney and Faulkner with a 38-run stand kept the Strikers in the chase but Scorchers’ bowler didn’t give much away and the required rate kept increasing. Quinney was caught short trying to sneak a single when skipper Voges’ throw disturbed the stumps. Faulkner’s lone fight was just not good enough as Andrew Tye completed his fifer on the last ball of the innings.

Here is how excited Twitterati reacted during the course of the match:

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