The Scorchers bowling attack showed class in the first innings at Optus Stadium tonight in front of 30,350 fans.
Newly crowned fan favourite Chris Jordan was the gift that kept on giving at #TheFurnace, the fast bowler taking the spotlight with three massive wickets, including that of Sixers rising star Josh Philippe (9) in the third over of play.
The next big breakthrough came during the eighth over when spinner Ash Agar took the scalp of Daniel Hughes (35), fellow spin king Fawad Ahmed was quick to follow suit.
Ahmed made his presence known, sending Sixers James Vince back to the sheds on 22 runs as Josh Inglis starred with the gloves, taking one catch and claiming two stumpings.
The attack continued to turn up the pressure gauge, Jhye Richardson taking the wicket of Moises Henriques (35), and Matt Kelly finishing off Hayden Kerr on just 8.
Jordan wrapped up the Sixers innings with Jordan Silk (9) and Sean Abbott (2) to finish on a total of 174.
The Scorchers had a tough start to their batting innings, the wickets of Liam Livingstone (2), Cameron Bancroft (1), Josh Inglis (7) and Cam Green (1) all falling during the powerplay.
Ashton Turner brought back a bit of momentum scoring 28 runs for the home side, but it wasn’t enough as the Sixers finished with 48-run victory.
Skipper Mitch Marsh said it was a disappointing performance.
“I thought we bowled really well tonight, I thought we were exceptional. Obviously, the way we started with the bat was really poor,” he said.
“Tonight we lost four wickets on the first ball of an over, which isn’t very smart cricket so we need to have a look at that and hopefully we can keep getting better.
“I think it’s important we do stay positive, it’s a long tournament and we have quite a few games in a row coming up so if we get momentum back it will happen pretty quickly.
“We’re a pretty tight-knit group and a couple of losses won’t deter us, and we will regroup before we take on the Heat next week.”
The Scorchers take on the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday 1 January at Metricon Stadium.
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