The 52nd match of the BBL was played between Melbourne Renegades & Perth Scorchers at the Perth Stadium. Melbourne Renegades had won the toss and opted to bow first. In the mandatory power-play of 4 overs, Perth Scorchers managed to score 62 runs for the loss of no wickets.
Stevie Eskinazi, the right-handed batter was in beast mode as he smashed 54 runs in 29 balls where he struck 6 fours and 3 sixes. The bowlers were getting whacked all around the park as there was nothing significant on the pitch for them.
Will Sutherland Takes a Screamer
At the end of 16 overs, Perth Scorchers’ score was 156-4 where Cameron Bancroft’s score was 64 runs in 39 balls whereas Nick Hobson was on 3 runs off 6 balls. The 17th over was given to Tom Rogers when the power surge was on. During the second ball, Nick Hobson tried to clear the boundary where Will Sutherland was running from the mid-off and took a running catch and dismissed Nick Hobson. Perth Scorchers’ score was 160-5.
Watch: Will Sutherland’s Jaw-Dropping Catch
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Crucial Phase for Perth Scorchers
The Perth Scorchers have lost 4 wickets in a span of 39 runs as earlier they were 120-1. All eyes would be on Cameron Bancroft to make sure that the team posts a total of around 200 which gives the team a psychological advantage.
Melbourne Renegades need to close out the overs quite well as a target in excess of 200 would be tough. They will have to make sure that one of their top-order batters bats the team and gives them a rollicking start. It would be interesting to see how Martin Guptill & Shaun Marsh fare as they have to make the most of the mandatory powerplay.