Sydney Sixers started the BBL 2019-20 with a big victory against the Perth Scorchers thanks to a collective team effort. The home team kept taking wickets to restrict the Scorchers to just 131 after electing to bowl first. Josh Philippe didn’t let the Perth team step into the game after the first innings. He added 73 runs for the opening wicket with Daniel Hughes in only 7.4 overs. Philippe finished with an unbeaten 44-ball 81 by striking 11 fours and 3 sixes to guide Sixers to an 8-wicket win with 5 overs to spare.
All the statistical highlights from Sydney Sixers’ 8-wicket win against the Perth Scorchers:
A big defeat for the Scorchers:
2 – The 8-wicket defeat with 30 balls to spare is the 2nd biggest loss for the Perth Scorchers in terms of wickets and also in terms of balls to spare. Brisbane Heat chased down the target of 174 in the 2016/17 season against the Scorchers with 9 wickets and 32 balls to spare.
5 – Sydney Sixers have won each of their last five BBL matches at the Sydney Cricket ground. This is the first time that the Sixers have won five successive BBL games at the SCG.
7 – Starting from 2018, the Sydney Sixers have won all the 7 matches they played at the SCG while chasing a target. Sixers won six of those seven games with a margin of 8+ wickets. Their last defeat here while chasing was by six runs against Adelaide Strikers at the end of 2017.
The toughest opponent for the Sixers:
5-9 – Only the 5th time in 15 matches that the Sydney Sixers have managed to defeat the Perth Scorchers. Their win % of 36.66 against Scorchers is the lowest against any opponent in the BBL.
At the SCG, Sixers and Scorchers won 4 matches apiece out of nine meetings. The Sixers have not lost more BBL games at the SCG than against the Scorchers.
A record knock from Philippe:
81* – Josh Philippe’s unbeaten 81-run knock in this match is the highest individual score for the Sydney Sixers against the Perth Scorchers. Moises Henriques’ 77-run innings during the 2014/15 season was the previous highest BBL score for the Sixers against the Scorchers.
81* – Josh Philippe’s 81* is also the 5th highest individual BBL score for the Sydney Sixers. The highest is also recorded by Philippe when he scored an unbeaten 86 against Hobart Hurricanes in the 2018/19 edition.
Hence, Philippe became the 2nd player with two 80+ scores in the BBL for the Sydney Sixers. Nic Maddinson also had two 80+ BBL scores for the Sixers.
A late blitz from Fawad:
19 – Fawad Ahmed scored 19 from 9 balls while batting at No.11 with two sixes and a four. Only Mujeeb ur Rahman scored more runs in a BBL match while batting at No.11. Mujeeb scored 27 in the 2018/19 season at No.11 on his BBL debut for the Brisbane Heat against Adelaide Strikers.
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