The Sydney Sixers have tasted defeat for the first time since January as they were upset by a fired-up Perth Scorchers side at the SCG on Sunday night.
Despite a valiant effort in the field, the Scorchers proved too good this time around as the Sixers went down by seven wickets with four balls to spare.
The Sixers cannot be accused of giving up however, taking two wickets in the last two overs and keeping the enthusiastic crowd on the edge of their seats until the very end.
After losing the toss and being sent into bat, the Sixers got off to a horror start - losing 5/19 by the sixth over and in desperate need of a solid partnership.
When it looked like the night might be over very early for the home team, the fighting spirit they have become known for was put on show at the SCG as they slowly fought their way back into the match.
Struggling at 6/30 at the half way mark, Stephen O’Keefe (29 off 34 balls) and Ian Moran (20 off 14 balls) led the fightback to put on a 27-run partnership and help their team start to build to a competitive total.
The Sixers showed off their batting depth with Brett Lee and number 11 Luke Feldman combining in a partnership of 21 off the last 14 balls of the innings to help their team finish the twenty overs at 9/113 and with a glimmer of hope.
Defending a sub-par total, the men in magenta did their best to keep their opponent’s run rate under control, but in the end it proved too great a task as Herschelle Gibbs (40 off 42 balls) and Shaun Marsh (26 of 32 balls) put their side in a winning position.
On a positive note for the Sixers, debutant Sunil Narine proved a handful for the Scorchers – finishing with the impressive figures of 4/16 off four overs.
After a great start for the Sixers last week, Jeevan Mendis also impressed, taking one wicket for 19.
The Sixers will now head to Melbourne on Thursday to take on the Stars on Friday night before travelling to Adelaide for their match against the Strikers on Sunday Dec 20.