Big Bash League Final live scores, blog: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers

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    Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

    WACA GROUND, JANUARY 28, 2012

    Final - PRS v SYS

     
    Perth Scorchers 1st Inn 5/156
    Sydney Sixers 1st Inn 3/158
    Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to bat
    Sydney Sixers won by 7 wickets
    Sydney Sixers RR:8.39
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    SPD Smith* 21 11 4 0 190.91
    BJ Rohrer 3 2 0 0 150.00
    Perth Scorchers
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    BM Edmondson* 3.5 0 30 2 7.83
    NJ Rimmington 3.0 0 36 0 12.00
    Last Wicket: O'Keefe, 48 (c:Rimmington b:Edmondson, Over: 16.4)
    Current Partnership: 24 runs, 13 balls, RR:184.62

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    The opening edition of the Big Bash League will culminate into a potentially exciting final between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers on Saturday, January 28.

    We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the final, with the match starting at 8.00 pm AEDT on January 28.

    The last time these two teams played in the tournament, it had resulted in a narrowest possible win for the Sixers, a one-run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    The major difference between that game and tomorrow’s final is the venue and the return of Herschelle Gibbs.

    That game was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground while this will be hosted by the WACA in Perth. Then again, Gibbs, tournament’s second-highest scorer with four half-centuries to his name, was absent from that game. He will be the major discussing point for the Sixers’ backroom strategists.

    Of course, there will be no Shaun Marsh for the Scorchers, while the in-form Mitchell Starc will return to the Sixers’ line-up.

    The Scorchers have relied heavily on the mix of googlies and chinaman deliveries from Brad Hogg and the motley crew of quick bowlers.

    Among the fast bowlers, the two Nathans, Coulter-Nile and Rimmington will look to control the run-flow while Ben Edmondson will have a more aggressive approach to his bowling.

    Edmondson possesses a healthy knack for picking up the wickets but concedes aplenty as well and his spell could tilt the game one way or the other.

    Despite Moises Henriques early dismissal and his general tendency to not carry on after getting a start, he looks a better option than Michael Lumb at the top of the order.

    With Steve O’Keefe having shown maturity as an opener and Nic Maddinson being the fourth-best batsman in the tournament, the Sixers are well served.

    The big question is whether the Sixers will want to go into the game with the luxury of four spinners – Stuart MacGill, Steven Smith, Nathan McCullum and Dominic Thornely.

    The WACA pitch generally assists the seamers more than spinners and it may not be such a bad idea to drop one of the slow bowlers and continue with Ian Moran in the 11.

    Expect a tough match but the team batting first will have a huge advantage – the tournament has thrown up far too many wins for the side going into bat first and in a pressure final, this effect is only going to magnify.

    We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the WACA in Perth at 8.00 pm AEDT and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

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    • 11:26pm
      Maggie said | 11:26pm | ! Report

      Great result for the Sydney Sixers! The under-rated team, without a big name overseas star and with only ONE player selected for the Oz squad. You showed them!

    • 11:26pm
      Nathan of Perth said | 11:26pm | ! Report

      God I hate that city. Nothing redeeming about Sydney and to make it worse, it is full of people from Sydney!

      Grr.

      • 11:31pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 11:31pm | ! Report

        Only worse city in Australia is Melbourne!

      • 12:41pm
        Al said | 12:41pm | ! Report

        Lol I know what you mean.. I feel the same way about Perth….

        • 1:26pm
          Nathan of Perth said | 1:26pm | ! Report

          Fair call 🙂

          • 3:40pm
            Al said | 3:40pm | ! Report

            But I definitely agree with your Melbourne comment lol

    • Roar Guru

      11:25pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:25pm | ! Report

      That will be it from me…it has been a pleasure bringing you the live coverage of all the BBL games.

      We will be back with the live blogging of the first T20I between Australia and India from Sydney on February 1.

    • Roar Guru

      11:20pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:20pm | ! Report

      Moises Henriques has been declared the man of the match. 70 from 41 turned things around on their head.

      David Hussey, of the Melbourne Stars has been awarded the man of the series for his all-round show.

      And Steven Smith accepts the BBL trophy on behalf of his team – the squad joins him on the podium as the winners of the first edition of the Big Bash League!

    • Roar Guru

      11:19pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:19pm | ! Report

      The only consolation for the Perth Scorchers is that they will also qualify for the Champions League T20 later this year – along with the Sixers obviously.

      A crowd of 16k would have been disappointed but that is how it goes sometimes!

    • Roar Guru

      11:17pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:17pm | ! Report

      Brett Lee had earlier set the win up with a couple of wickets in the very first over, including that of the man in form for the Scorchers, Herschelle Gibbs.

      He says that they had plans in place for all the batsmen and it was good to see them come off. He seems to have lost his voice doing all the screaming.

      Luke Ronchi admits that losing those two wickets was one of the big reasons they lost the match. One of those two was Ronchi himself.

    • Roar Guru

      11:14pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:14pm | ! Report

      Sixers needed to score a lot of runs, batting second but Moises Henriques gave them a start to remember, O’Keefe did a good support role at the top of the innings and Smith finished it off with four hits to the fence.

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