The Perth Scorchers beat the Dolphins by six wickets in the Champions League T20 at Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali in India on Saturday. The KZN side got off to a bad start as they lost two wickets in the first over of the match. The chief destroyer was Joel Paris, removing Morne Van Wyk for 4 and Cody Chetty for a duck.
In the second over Cameron Delport hit a maximum but in the next ball he was caught behind by Sam Whiteman, as Jason Behrendorff picked up his first stick and at 12/3 the South Africans were in trouble. After 5 overs Lance Klusener’s men had recovered to 39/3 in the 6th over. The problems returned when they lost another wicket.
This time Keshav Maharaj was sent packing by Behrendorff for 29 runs and it was 46/4. At the halfway mark the Dolphins were 69-4 with Khaya Zondo and Duncan Smit building a solid partnership but Yasir Arafat trapped Smit LBW for 21 runs two balls later. Zondo continued steadying the ship as he brought up his half century off 41 balls and helped his side set up a target of 165 runs to win for the Scorchers.
The Western Australians were a man down early on when Kyle Abbott removed Adam Voges for 7. The Australian team continued building as Craig Simmons was struggling to find boundaries and after 8 overs they were 46/1. Simmons was sent packing for 48 as he was looking to bat through and at the halfway mark it was 73-2 and tightly poised with the edge slightly in favour of the Aussies.
The Dolphins maintained the pressure on the Scorchers as Whiteman lost his wicket for 45 off 32 balls and the run rate was over ten to the over. Mitchell Marsh was the man for the big occasion as he was joined by Ashton Agar. After 18 overs they were 137-3 needing 28 off 12 balls.
Abbott conceded 12 runs and it was 149/3 after 19 overs. In the last over, needing 16 off 6, Robbie Frylinck was the man trusted to bowl and he started well as he got the wicket off Agar but his last two balls were smashed for sixes as Marsh gave the men from Perth their first win of the tournament in dramatic fashion.