The 2020-21 season of the Big Bash League is reaching its climax. The qualifier game played on Saturday confirmed a finalist as Sydney Sixers thumped the Perth Scorchers by nine wickets to romp into the title clash. James Vince was the hero for the Men in Pink as he slammed an unbeaten 98 off 53 balls. But he had a chance to get to his well-deserved hundred only to be denied by the opposition pacer Andrew Tye.
In the 17th over itself, Vince was on 98, and with five runs to win, he could’ve easily got to the three-figure mark. However, Daniel Hughes smacked a boundary and along with him, the whole team was in disbelief as it complicated things for James Vince. To give him a chance to get to his ton, Hughes showed great heart and played three dot balls next off Jhye Richardson.
There was a big roar from the crowd after Hughes’ wonderful gesture and James Vince took guard to notch up a well-deserved ton. Andrew Tye took the ball in his hand, came steaming in, and delivered a half-tracker which went over the batsman’s head only to be given a wide.
As soon as it was called wide, Tye apologized to Vince even as the latter looked at him in despair. Even the crowd booed the bowler for bowling a wide and though it didn’t look intentional, Tye had to face the heat. It was a special innings from Vince as he never mistimed a shot at any stage during the chase and went on to hit 14 classy fours and a six. He was disappointed but there was a greater joy on his face for taking his team to the final of the tournament.
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Inglis’ 69* goes in vain
Earlier, Perth Scorchers opted to bat only to endure a slow start losing both their openers, Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone. But Josh Inglis stuck it out in the middle and smashed an unbeaten 69 off 41 balls with five fours and a couple of sixes. Ashton Turner also played a nice cameo scoring 33 runs as the Scorchers posted a fighting total of 167/6 in 20 overs.
But the score wasn’t enough as Vince and Josh Philippe notched 92 runs for the opening wicket in less than nine overs to make it a walk in the park for the Sixers.
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