Sydney Thunder produced a sensational performance to hand Perth Scorchers their first defeat in the ongoing BBL 2021-22 on Tuesday. Riding on a superb 67-run knock from Sam Billings, Sydney Thunders notched a massive total of 200 runs in the first innings.
After Thunder lost two quick wickets of Mathew Gilkes and Alex Hales for 23 runs inside the first four overs, Sam Billings and Jason Sangha led the team’s recovery. The duo played some outstanding shots, adding 113 runs for the third wicket.
Sangha scored a crucial knock of 56 runs off 46 balls, while Billings amassed 67 off 35 deliveries. Billings got out in the 15th over but Sangha played right till the end. He, however, didn’t find adequate support at the other end after Billings’ wicket. But Sangha managed to take the team to a 200-run total in the first innings. M Kelly was superb in the powerplay overs for the team, however, the other bowlers lacked steam and went for plenty of runs.
In pursuit of the total, Perth didn’t get off to a great start. The top three batsmen, namely Kurtis Patterson, Josh Inglis, and Mitchell Marsh got out inside the first four overs. Colin Munro, however, held firm and played a solid knock. He amassed 64 off 43 balls, including 6 fours. Unfortunately, he didn’t get support from the other end as Sydney Thunder kept taking wickets in regular intervals.
Andrew Tye later played a vital 44 off 25 balls but only delay the inevitable. Perth Scorcher managed to score 166 in the second innings, thereby losing the game by 34 runs. For Sydney Thunder, it was a combined bowling effort from the team. Nathan McAndrew was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 for 40, while Saqib Mahmood and Green claimed two apiece.
Brief Scores: Sydney Thunder 7 for 200 (Billings 67, Sangha 56*, Kelly 3-30) beat Perth Scorchers 8 for 166 (Munro 64 not out, McAndrew 3-40, Mahmood 2-29) by 34 runs