In the first semi-final match of Big Bash League, Hobart Hurricanes thumped the victory over Perth Scorchers to seal the final berth of the tournament. The team scored 210 batting first in the match, while they managed to defend the score by a wide margin. The Scorchers wobbled completely within 18 overs of the chase, losing all its wickets at 139. This is the first time after six defeats when Hurricanes thumped a victory over Scorchers. Also, this is the first time after four semi-final matches, in which, the latter lost. In the previous season, the Scorchers finished as the defending champions.
Hurricanes set off their inning with a good strike from Mathew Wade. In the 44-run opening stretch between Wade and Tim Paine, the former scored 40, while Paine returned back without a substantial addition. Wade played until the 14th over to score 71 off 45 balls partnering with George Bailey and Ben McDermott. The latter remained unbeaten with the score of 67 off 30 balls, which was the crucial push forward to the challenging score. Playing till the pre-ultimate ball of the inning, DT Christian scored 37 runs in the partnership with McDermott.
Perth Scorchers lost opener Michael Klinger in the third over when the score reached 21. The inning could not get a fillip as the chase wobbled to 68 for 7 wickets before the completion of 10 overs. Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Aston Turner, Hilton Cartwright and Adam Voges lost their wickets cheaply. It was Thomas Roger nicking the top three wickets in the line-up including both the openers and Bancroft.
In the middle order, Tim Bresnan added a crucial 43 off 26 balls injecting a momentum in the chase. Still, the chase remained quite away from the target as pressure at the tail made it tougher to move ahead. Bresnan played until the 18th over pulling the chase to 139 as the lineup exhausted completely. The match wrapped up with Scorchers losing the campaign by 71 runs.
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