Perth Scorch Sixers to Win Big Bash Title

They left it until the last ball of the match but the Perth Scorchers won their second Big Bash title in a row against the Sydney Sixers in Canberra last night.

Source: Matt King/ Getty Images

Source: Matt King/ Getty Images

In their fourth final in a row, the Scorchers made life hard for themselves leaving it until the last ball of the match for Yasir Arafat to score the winning run.

 

Coming into the game after a devastating win over the top of the table Adelaide Strikers, the Sydney Sixers won the toss and elected to bat first in a bid to continue on with their momentum from the semi-final.

 

The decision backfired on Sixers skipper Moises Henriques, as his team fell to 4/49 in just the tenth over, with Lumb, Wessels, Maddinson and Silk all being dismissed.

 

But with the title on the line, Henriques put his team on his back and after weathering the storm from the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Brad Hogg, he went on to make 77 off just 57 balls.

 

A nice cameo from Ryan Carters at the end helped the Sixers lift their total to a competitive 5/147 from their 20 overs.

 

Having been released from the Australian one-day squad to play in the match, Shaun Marsh took his opportunity as he along with Michael Klinger posted a 70 run partnership for the first wicket.

 

But just when it looked like the Scorchers were going to cruise to victory, the man of the match Marsh was dismissed for 77 in the in the 19th over with the score on 131.

 

After knocking over Marsh, Nathan Lyon struck two balls later for the Sixers getting rid of the dangerous Ashton Turner.

 

Despite the mounting pressure, having six wickets still in hand meant the Scorchers were still favourites, but with the final over being bowled by the retiring Brett Lee, there was still one last twist.

 

After drawing scores level with three balls left to play, Lee removed Coulter-Nile and Sam Whiteman in successive deliveries to take it down to the final ball.

 

Not known for his batting, Yasir Arafat was given the task of getting a run from the final delivery while also ruining Lee’s chance of going out with a hat-trick and fairy-tale ending.

 

Arafat was up to the task as he was lucky to avoid being run out in one of the most tense moments in the history of Australian domestic cricket.

 

While they spoilt the farewell party for Brett Lee, the Scorchers also claimed their second title from their fourth successive Big Bash final which solidifies their spot as the most successful team in the short history of the Big Bash League.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

 

 

 

 

 

 

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