A Jacques Kallis inspired performance has seen the Sydney Thunder to their third win in this year’s Big Bash League, beating the Perth Scorchers.
The South African veteran was once again in inspired form, hitting 70 off just 49 balls, helping to the Thunder to a score of 179/3.
Star of the show
Aiden Blizzard (47 off 31) and Mike Hussey (36* of 21) also chipped in, but it was Kallis who stole the show. Having hit 97* on his BBL debut, the 39-year old hit nine fours and two sixes, before taking two wickets as the Scorchers fell 21 runs short of victory.
Early wickets proved costly as Marcus Harris (14), Michael Klinger (10), Ashton Tuner (0) and captain Adam Voges (8*) all fell cheaply. This left a difficult job for the middle order and despite a first Big Bash fifty for Englishman Michael Carberry (69* off 48) and a decent knock from Ashton Agar (31* off 27), the home side simply ran out of overs.
The result means that the Sydney Sixers are now level on points with the Perth Scorchers in the league table, with both teams having played two games.
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The Scorchers next games is against table topping Adelaide Strikers on January 6, whilst the Thunder, who will now be without Eoin Morgan who will be joining up with the England one day squad have to wait until January 9 until their next game, at home to the Hobart Hurricanes.