Perth Scorchers have managed to recover from back-to-back defeats in the ongoing edition of the BBL. The Mitchell Marsh-led unit decimated the Sydney Thunder by eight wickets at the Perth Stadium. The Scorchers, after an indifferent start, have now gotten themselves up to fourth in the points table. For Callum Ferguson’s Thunder, they have plenty of work to do, being placed fifth.
Hales shepherds the Thunder
The Thunder elected to bat first, but found the going tough. Barring Alex Hales, none of their batters could up the ante. Usman Khawaja perished to Mitchell Marsh while trying a pull. Fawad Ahmed got rid of Callum Ferguson to pick up the second wicket. The move to promote Arjun Nair didn’t work out as he became Chris Jordan’s first victim. Daniel Sams’ horror run with the bat in hand continued.
Jordan got rid of him to rack his second scalp. Hales, at the other end, milked the bowling without much fuss. The opener accomplished his fifty off 40 balls and went on to play until the last over before getting out to Jordan. Hales notched 85 off 59 with 10 fours and three sixes. Alex Ross crawled to 22 off 24 and the Thunder managed to muster a competitive 153 for five in 20 overs.
Inglis and Livingstone go berserk
The Scorchers got off to a rollicking start, sending the Thunder’s bowlers to the cleaners. Jos Inglis and Liam Livingstone hit 75 runs in the mandatory powerful to put the hosts on the driver’s seat. Inglis copped a blow on the helmet by a bouncer from Gurinder Sandhu, but he replied with a big blow into the stands off a free-hit. The onslaught brought the required-rate down to a run-a-ball.
Livingstone raced to his fifty off 28 balls, depositing Liam Bowe for a six downtown. In the very next over, it was Inglis’ turn to reach his half-century off 31 deliveries. Livingstone got a couple of lifelines as Brendan Doggett dropped him twice. Doggett made amends taking the catch of Inglis, who got a 58 off 41 with six fours and two sixes. Livingstone’s 49-ball 78 see his team through to the win.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the Scorchers’ resounding win: –
Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone arguably the most entertaining opening pair in T20s at the moment. #BBL09
— Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) January 20, 2020
Shame that Livingstone not playing in the IPL.. Man hit the ball brutal… #BBL09
— Ganesh (@imGanesh_) January 20, 2020
Alex Hales never Played this kind of innings for SRH,when SRH batting lineup is in Trouble#BBL2019
— arun (@arunchandbala) January 20, 2020
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Liam Livingstone is going big at the Perth Stadium once again! 🚀#BBL09 pic.twitter.com/IcdlkZ3bRO
— Cricket Afridi (@CktAfridi37) January 20, 2020
Back-to-back sixes brings up a 28-ball fifty for Liam Livingstone! #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/hXGns79mlG
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 20, 2020
28-ball 50 for Liam Livingstone #BBL09
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) January 20, 2020
100+ run partnerships in #BBL09
1x: 7 different pairs
3x: LIAM LIVINGSTONE & JOSH INGLIS
The Scorchers are responsible for 5 of the 10 century partnerships in #BBL09
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 20, 2020
Some opening partnership from. Livingstone & Inglis for The Scorchers this. 126/0 chasing 154 #BigBashLeague
— Ian Court (@iancourtracing) January 20, 2020
Scorchers are making the mockery of this run chase… Brilliant stuff from the openers,was already impressed with Livingstone but Inglis seems a fine player too. #BBL09
— KASHIF 🇵🇰 (@IBleedGreeen__) January 20, 2020
Ouch. Sydney boy Kurtis Patterson catches @ThunderBBL big hitter Alex Hales for 85 off 59. Thunder finish 5-153 v @ScorchersBBL @BBL #BBL09
— Malcolm Conn (@malcolmconn) January 20, 2020
This has been a top class innings from Alex Hales
— M. Sarosh Ebrahim (@msarosh) January 20, 2020
@PeterDellaPenna Just a reminder that Alex Hales should of been given out first ball and is now on 45 …..
— Fraser Conway (@Frag_Fraser) January 20, 2020
Resuming my barracking for Chris Jordan to get smashed. #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/Omgu1iQ19B
— Michael Randall (@MickRandallHS) January 20, 2020
Brendan Doggett has just dropped his third catch of the night.
If you don't laugh, you'll cry sort of set-up for the 🐶 at the moment… #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/Tvm4yYGnfy
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 20, 2020
Brendan Doggett pic.twitter.com/VKNA89o5em
— Waddles Chester (@gurdles) January 20, 2020
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