Perth Scorchers 167-6
WICKET! Richardson c Christian b Dwarshuis 0 (Scorchers 145-6)
WICKET! Turner c Silk b Dwarshuis 33 (Scorchers 144-5)
Half-century! Inglis 50 off 34 balls
WICKET! Marsh c Philippe b O’Keefe 2 (Scorchers 85-4)
WICKET! Munro c Silk b Bird 30 (Scorchers 81-3)
WICKET! Livingstone c Henriques b Brathwaite 15 (Scorchers 39-2)
WICKET! Roy c & b Abbott 3 (Scorchers 5-1)
Scorchers have won the bat flip and will bat first
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the BBL qualifier between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers. The cream has risen to the top this year and the golden ticket through to the final, with hosting rights thrown in for good measure, will be fought over by the two best teams in the tournament.
Honours are shared in two meetings between the teams this season. The Sixers will be happy to return to Manuka Oval, where they exacted revenge on the Scorchers following a heavy loss to the WA outfit in Perth. The stage is set for a torrid battle in the third chapter of a story that might yet extend beyond tonight.
Both teams possess the enviable ability to score heavily and to do it quickly. Josh Philippe was imperious when the Sixers chased down the Scorchers at Manuka, slaying 84 runs off 52 balls and sharing in a whirlwind partnership of 106 with James Vince. Only Alex Hales has scored more runs than Philippe in this year’s BBL, but the scoring threat exists up and down the order with the Sixers batting as deep as anyone. For the Scorchers, the likes of Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone and Colin Munro can do untold damage at the top of the order. The two attacks are also outstanding. There isn’t likely a better new-ball pair than the Scorchers’ Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, the former leading the tournament with 27 scalps, while the Sixers have great variety with the ball and can dismantle an opposition innings in several different ways.