Big Bash League: Klinger’s 81 hands Scorchers 27-run win over Heat

Published: January 11, 2017
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Michael Klinger of the Scorchers during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers at The Gabba on January 11, 2017.
PHOTO COURTESY: CRICKET AUSTRALIA

Michael Klinger of the Scorchers during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers at The Gabba on January 11, 2017. PHOTO COURTESY: CRICKET AUSTRALIA

Brilliant batting performance by veteran opener Michael Klinger, well backed all-round bowling display hands Perth Scorchers their fourth victory of the tournament as they defeated Brisbane Heat by 27 runs at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

The visitors after being put in to bat, scored a reasonable total of 156 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs, courtesy some sublime batting by Klinger.

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The 36-year-old scored a stunning 81 off just 54 balls, which included six fours and two massive sixes.

For Heat, right-arm pacer Mark Steketee and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson picked two wickets each.

Chasing 157 to win, the hosts clearly missed their star man Chris Lynn, who is on national duty after being picked for the Australian ODI side for the upcoming five-match series against Pakistan.

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Brendon McCullum’s men kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and were eventually bowled out for 129 in the last over of the match.

Right-hand middle-order batsman Alex Ross finished the innings with the top score of 39 off 40 balls, which featured two fours and one six.

For Scorchers, right-arm pacer Andrew Tye claimed four wickets, whereas former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan and young pacer Jhye Richardson picked two wickets apiece.

For his outstanding batting performance, Klinger was awarded the man of the match.

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