BBL 9: Sydney Sixers start the tournament with an empathic 8 wicket win

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Picture Courtsey: Hindustan Times

Sydney Sixers started the BBL 9 season on a resounding note defeating Perth Scorchers by 8 wickets in the 2nd match played at Sydney Cricket Ground, on Wednesday.

Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques won the toss and decided to field first. It was an ideal start for Sixers side as Dwarshuis got an early breakthrough dismissing Liam Livingstone in the first over.  At the end of first six overs, Perth Scorchers were struggling at 31 for 4.

After the power play overs, Perth captain Mitchell Marsh and Cameron Green steadied the innings for Perth taking singles and hitting occasional boundaries. As things were looking good for Perth, Green tried to hit a big shot and was dismissed by Manenti for 36. Green and Marsh added 58 runs for the 5th wicket. Sixers bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals which made the life tough for Perth batsmen. Fawad Ahmed hit a quick fire 19 off 9 balls. Perth were bowled out for 131 in 20 overs. Tom Curran was the pick of bowlers for Sydney with 3 for 32.

Chasing 132 runs to win, Daniel Hughes and Philippe got Sydney Sixers off to a decent start putting pressure on Perth bowlers. At the end of six overs, the hosts were in a commanding position at 58 for 0.

After the power play overs, Chris Jordan provided the breakthrough for Perth dismissing Daniel Hughes for 22. Sydney Sixers openers added 73 runs for opening wicket. Philippe continued his positive approach and looked comfortable with his stroke making. Jordan picked his 2nd wicket dismissing James Vince for 13. Philippe reached his fifty off 30 balls and made sure that Sydney Sixers reached the target with ease. He remained not out on 81 and helped Sydney win the match by 8 wickets with 5 overs to spare.

Sydney Sixers 137 for 2 in 15 overs (Philippe 81*, Chris Jordan 2/13) beat Perth Scorchers 131 in 20 overs (Cameron Green 36, Mitchell Marsh 32, Tom Curran 3/32) by 8 wickets.

The defending Champions Melbourne Renegades will start their campaign against Sydney Thunder at Geelong tomorrow.

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