Twitter Reactions: Scorchers hand a morale-crushing defeat to Hurricanes to jump to the third spot

Twitter Reactions: Scorchers hand a morale-crushing defeat to Hurricanes to jump to the third spot

Scorchers won by 9 wickets and a whopping 22 balls to spare, courtesy of which they jump to the third spot in the points table.

Jason Roy
Jason Roy. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

WWWWW. That is the scorching streak of the Perth Scorchers, who have scripted an astounding comeback into the Big Bash League (BBL) 202-21, and are in no mood to stop. They walked all over the Hobart Hurricanes with disdainful ease in the 37th game to stretch their streak to an impressive and statement-giving five.

Having elected to set a target for the Scorchers, a rather unenthusiastic batting performance coupled with some skillful bowling by Jhye Richardson, Aaron Hardie, and Fawad Ahmed restricted the Hurricanes for an unimposing total. It was thanks to D’Arcy Short, who halted his vacillating form to record a half-century (54 from 47) and Tim David’s late flourish, which at least took Peter Handscomb’s men to 139 for 5.

Hurricanes’ uninspiring show

The Hurricanes made a low-key start as both the openers – Ben McDermott (2 from 6) inside-edged a Richardson delivery onto his stump before Jason Behrendorff got Dawid Malan caught by Hardie for a 6-ball duck – were dismissed cheaply. Scoring at a snail’s pace, the Hurricanes’ run rate was hovering around 3-4 runs an over close to the 7-over mark, and unsurprisingly, they registered their lowest 10-over score – 50 for 3.

The immediately following Power Surge overs did not bore too many fruits either, however, 24 runs from the two-over period were certainly better than what the team had managed before that. Skipper Peter Handscomb and Colin Ingram were able to stay in the middle for a brief phase. However, their run-a-ball 13 and 18 did not assist the team too much. Tim David, who struggled initially, showed some intent later as he scored 31 from 23 and dragged the team score close to 140.

During the chase, Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone made batting look ridiculously easy on the same track where every batsman from the opposite camp failed to capitalize. The duo in their match-sealing 86-ball 123-run alliance for the first wicket battered the bowlers with such ease that the mind wondered if they were indeed playing on the same track, where the Hurricanes faltered so severely.

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Scorchers wallop during the chase

Starting the proceedings, Riley Mederith gave no room to Jason Roy, who played 5 dots on the trot. The frustration for the Englishman was enough to charge against the pacer as he thickly edged him over third man for a six. It was not the most convincing hit, and of course, Meredith’s pace assisted the ball to fly that far, although that was just the break free moment that Roy, who slammed 8 fours and three sixes in his scintillating 74 from 52, needed.

To make matters worse, Livingstone, who too went on to slam a half-century, was given a life on the first ball he faced, as Short dropped a sitter off Boland in the second over. Situated at 86 for no loss at the halfway mark, there was barely any looking back for the duo, who ensured the Bash Boost points for the team as they convincingly outscored Hurricanes’ 50 for 3 at the same stage.

Roy raced off to his 50 from just 35 balls, whereas Livingstone (54 from 39) reached the landmark in 37 before he finally fell to Boland in the 15th over in what was an inconsequential moment of respite for his opponents. Josh Inglis joined hands with a free-flowing Roy at the other end to finish the formalities as Scorchers won by 9 wickets and a whopping 22 balls to spare, courtesy of which they jump to the third spot in the points table.

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