Perth Scorchers line Sydney Thunder table tops at Optus Stadium

In the 34th Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 game, Perth Scorchers Thump table top Sydney Thunder by 17 races at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Chasing a tough 186 goal, Thunder didn’t get off to a good start as they lost four wickets to just 46 in the first six overs.

Opener Usman Khawaja impressed after scoring a quickfire 26 on 12 balls at a hit rate of 216.67, but Jhye richardson surpassed it in the third.

After Khawaja’s sacking, Thunder lost three wickets in a row. While Alex Hales only did 5 races, the skipper Callum ferguson and mid-order drummer Alex ross went without disturbing the scorers.

Then, Sam billings played an incredible blow and almost scored a miraculous victory for the ‘Men in yellow’. The England batsman formed a crucial 83-point stand with Ben Cup (31) for the fifth window. The cut was removed by Andrew Tye in the 15th plus. However, Billings continued to score points on the other side.

At a strike rate of 172.92, Billings scored 83 of 48 laced deliveries with eight fours and four sixes before Tye returned him to the dugout in the penultimate.

In the end, Thunder was grouped for 168, losing the game by 17 points. Richardson, who picked up four wickets for 24, received the ‘Player of the match’ price.

Colin Munro, Ashton Turner propel Scorchers to 185/6

Earlier, Colin Munro – the best run-getter for Scorchers in BBL 10 – and skipper Ashton Turner crushed Thunder’s bowling offense helping their team reach 185/6 in their allocated 20 overs.

Munro continued his golden run in the league and marked his third half-century of current competition. The left-handed batsman smashed 50 of 41 deliveries with a four and three sixes.

On the other hand, Turner played a quick 13-ball, 31-point shot at a phenomenal attack rate of 238.46 to take Scorchers past the 180-point mark. Turner slammed five limits, including two maximums.

For Thunder, Brendan Doggett was the most successful bowler as he won a four wicket 22 point draw in his 4 overs quota. Outside of Doggett, Nathan McAndrew (1/31) and Cut (1/33) bagged one wicket each.

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