The table-topper Sydney Sixers avenged their recent loss against the Perth Scorchers in the reverse fixture at Canberra in the Big Bash League (BBL) game. Despite the venue’s chasing-friendly record – 5 out of the last 8 before this one were won by chasers – the Scorchers elected to give their opponents a target to chase.
The start for Ashton Turner’s men could not have been better as openers Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone added 76 for the first wicket in 7 overs. Jackson Bird and Steve O’Keefe kept the lines tight in the first couple of overs, however, a disastrous third and fourth over, which combined accounted for almost two-third runs of the opening stand, swayed the momentum dangerously towards the Scorchers.
Scorchers throw away the start
After thrashing Bird for 17 in the third over, Livingstone – who was dropped by Daniel Hughes in the second over just at 1 – crushed O’Keefe, slamming three sixes and two fours in the 27-run fourth over. Riding on luck, Livingstone registered his half-century off just 26 balls, although Jason Roy, who seemed content playing the second fiddle to his partner, got cleaned up against Christian’s slower one after scoring 21 from 16.
With 103 on the board at the loss of a solitary wicket at the halfway stage, the Scorchers were well on track for crossing the 200-run mark. However, a double-wicket over of Jake Ball as soon as the Scorchers invoked the Power Surge changed things for them much quicker than anyone anticipated.
Livingstone (67 from 38), who was looking good for a century holed out a slower delivery to Jackson Bird at mid-off, whereas another one of Jake’s slower ball led to the end of Ashton Turner, on the last delivery of the same over. Though Colin Munro made a handsome contribution of 34, others in the Scorchers’ middle-order failed to deliver the goods despite a magnificent platform as Josh Inglis and Cameron Bancroft fell cheaply, setting 164 for Sixers to win.
Philippe and Vince deliver for the Sixers
After a remarkable fightback with the ball, the Sixers were guided by a spectacular 106-run stand between Josh Philippe and James Vince for the second wicket after losing Justin Avenando (8 from 13) early. All the opponent bowlers were rightfully taken for a toss by the duo, who ensured to keep the scoreboard ticking and getting the odd boundary. While Philippe – who slammed 10 fours and a six en route to his eye-catching 84 off 52 – looked vigilant at the start, he opened his repertoire of strokes once he got the able company of Vince, who got 52 from 35.
Both the batsmen committed no fault during their stay at the crease and barring the missed run-out chance of Philippe in the 11th over, there was not even an opening for Scorchers to enter. Sixers were cruising towards the victory with brute force, and as if there was any lack of power, they enforced the Power Surge in the 16th over, which fetched them 14 runs. The rare moment of relief for Scorchers, however, came in the second over of the Power Surge, when Richardson disturbed Philippe’s timber to finally give his team a reason to cheer.
As always one led to another, and James Vince followed in the next over as he failed to maneuver Fawad Ahmed’s googly. That is when the Daniels, Christian and Hughes, joined hands to guide their team to a 7-wicket victory with as many balls to spare.
Here are the best tweets
— TEAM RCB (@Team_rcb_) January 16, 2021
Fifty for josh philippe. Hope that RCB retains him
— PKS (@PKS_India) January 16, 2021
Abdevilliers to Josh Philippe right now . pic.twitter.com/gHWUKpeOMB
— TEAM RCB (@Team_rcb_) January 16, 2021
RCB would still bench Philippe and play that fraud Finch again, just because of his reputation and he will swindle them again like he does in every season in IPL.
— Viru Sharma (@183Mirpur) January 16, 2021
Philippe should improve his keeping
RCB already have good batting at the top do they trust him ahead as WKB
Need to strengthen middle order majorly and bowling also needs upgrade
— . (@karthik_jammy) January 16, 2021
Josh Philippe is the man, yet again.
Remember the name!#BBL10
— k@mrαn🇵🇰 (@kamrantweets78) January 16, 2021
josh philippe is seriously good at cricket
— L A U R A ⚡️ (@lilacstyles__) January 16, 2021
So the scorchers not offering Josh Philippe a contract two years ago is going well , we sure showed him
— Jason Camac (@Egrange2080) January 16, 2021
Please don't release Josh Philippe @CoachHesson 😭
— Sowmya (@SowmyaVirat18) January 16, 2021
— KFC SuperCoach BBL (@SuperCoachBBL) January 16, 2021
Josh Philippe walked out on Perth Scorchers in 2018 because he was stuck behind glovemen Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman and Josh Inglis, and Usman Qadir and Matt Kelly were given the final two list spots. Next month Philippe might open for Australia in NZ with Aaron Finch. #BBL10
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) January 16, 2021
— Abhishek-Cric (Abhi) (@Cold___Mess) January 16, 2021
RCBian Josh Philippe leading run scorer in BBL this season
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) January 16, 2021
How long until Josh Philippe plays for Australia? #BBL10
— Scott Bailey (@ScottBaileyAAP) January 16, 2021
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