Sean Abbott come with an inspiring spell as Sixers win a nail-biter
Sean Abbott snapped three wickets against Perth
In what was a rollercoaster of a match, the Sydney Sixers have defeated Perth Scorchers by six runs, and it is their first victory against them since 2021. They have finally ended the losing drought against the Scorchers.
Eskinazi's unbeaten 66 go in vain
In pursuit of a challenging total of 152, the Scorchers lost two quicks in succession as Sean Abbott dismissed Cameron Bancroft and Aaron Hardie.
Then, Stephen Eskinazi joined forces with in-form Josh Inglis and soaked up the pressure. The duo kept rotating the strike and were proving to be perilous for the Sixers before Hayden Kerr attained the third breakthrough.
The Scorchers were tottering at 35/3 when captain Ashton Turner walked into bat, but he, too, was dismissed by Hayden Kerr. However, Eskinazi kept marching on and brought up his maiden Big Bash half-century.
Eskinazi was assisted by Nick Hobson, who flashed to secure a quickfire 27 before Abbott once again swung the pendulum in favor of the Sixers by dismissing Hobson.
Following that, Daniel Christian delivered a remarkable penultimate over. Eventually, the Scorchers required 16 from the last over, which turned out to be a little too much for them.
Sean Abbott was once again the pick of the bowlers for the Sixers and completed his stint with the figures of 3/18.
Opening stand help Sixers post 151
Earlier in the day, after being invited to bat first Sydney Sixers registered 151/5 on the board. Steve Smith, on his return to the Big Bash, spearheaded the batting attack alongside Josh Philippe, and the duo stitched a 52-run opening partnership.
Peter Hatzoglou broke the opening stand, but the Sixers continued their unhurried approach. Kurtis Patterson showed little signs of aggression but he too was outwitted by Hatzoglou.
However, Philippe soared back in form and registered a well-constructed 54(48). The Sixers kept losing wickets at regular intervals but they somehow got to 151-5, which proved to be a winning total in the end.
Syndey Sixers - 151-5 (20 overs)
Josh Philippe - 54 (48), Steve Smith 36 (27)
Peter Hatzoglou - 2/27 (4), Jason Behrendorff - 1/30 (4)
Perth Scorchers - 145-7 (20 overs)
Stephen Eskinazi - 66* (57), Nick Hobson 27 (18)
Sean Abbott - 3/18 (4), Daniel Christian - 2/7 (1)