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Twitter Reactions: Scorchers slump after half-centuries from Matthew Wade and McDermott

The Hobart Hurricanes enter the final of the BBL after an impressive win over the Scorchers.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade of the Hurricanes bats during the Big Bash League Semi-Final match. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

After some scintillating individual performances and interesting matches, the 7th edition of the Big Bash League moves to the knock out rounds. Perth Scorchers’s were now ready to make the newly built Optus Stadium their home base starting from their semifinal appearance against Hobart Hurricanes.

After winning the toss, Adam Voges, the Scorchers captain opted to bowl first. Marsh brothers had united with the team for all-important semifinals. While for Heats, in-form opener D’Arcy Short was out of the side as he was on international duty with the Aussie side.

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The decision of Voges went horribly wrong when opener Mathew Wade went after the bowling from the first ball of the inning. Mitchell Johnson’s one bouncer hit Tim Paine but his partner Wade had different plans as he smacked the pacer for 3 fours in the over. Matthew Kelly broke the dangerous looking opening stand as he sent Paine back to the dressing room.

Wade though looked in no trouble as he completed his half-century in the 8th over during a little partnership with skipper George Bailey. Tim Bresnan removed the opposition skipper to break the stand. Wade fell for 71 which came in just 45 deliveries with the help of 10 fours and a six.

Ben McDermott and Dan Christian then combined for a 90-run stand where both the right-handers smashed 8 sixes in the partnership. McDermott completed his half-century off just 25-balls while Christian fell on the 2nd last ball of the innings. He scored 37 off 22 deliveries with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes. Hurricanes eventually finished with a massive total of 210 on the board.

The Run Chase

Opener Klinger departed early in the run chase in the third over after hitting a four and six in the 2nd over. While Shaun Marsh hit four boundaries, the wicket of Cameron Bancroft dented the run chase further.

Marsh short vigil came to an end when the left-hander was done by a slower one from Thomas Rogers. Marsh was Thomas’ third victim of the night. Marsh scored 30 runs off 18 deliveries with 6 fours in his innings. Younger Marsh too failed as he was grabbed beautifully by Jofra Archer. Earlier Mitchell Marsh had a poor show with the ball in his hand as he conceded 53 runs in his 4 overs.

The run chase fell apart completely as the Hurricanes’ bowlers kept chipping away with the regular wickets. Tim Bresnan and Jhye Richardson then combined for a little resolve with a 36-run stand. Richarson hit 2 sixes in his innings before getting out to Dan Christian. He then sends Mathew Kelly packing, making him his 3rd victim.

Bresnan continued his vigil with the bat but was removed by Christian for 43 off 26 balls as the Scorchers’ fell short of the target by 71 runs as they saw Hobart Hurricanes storm into the finals of the tournament.

Here are some tweets from the match

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