James Vince's scintillating 98 empowers Sydney Sixers into the Finals of BBL 10

BBL Finals: Sydney Sixers become the first team to seal a spot in the final of BBL 10, on the back of the Englishman James Vince's scintillating knock 98 off 53 deliveries, comprising 14 boundaries and one over the ropes.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 30, 2021 17:41 IST
James Vince's scintillating 98 empowers Sydney Sixers into the Finals of BBL 10
James Vince notched up his highest-ever score

BBL 10 SYT vs ADS Highlights: Sydney Sixers won by 9 wickets

Brief Score: PRS - 167/6 (Josh Inglis 69, Ashton Turner 33; Dwarshuis 2/40)

SYS - 168/1 (17 overs) (James Vince 98* Philippe 45; Livingstone 1/16)

MoM - James Vince

At the business end of the tournament, the table-toppers Sydney Sixers overpowers Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets at Manuka Oval. In reply to PRS's 167, both openers give Sixers a flier start by adding a decent 92-run stand for the opening wicket. Once Phillipe departs after playing a blitz knock (45 off 28), the Englishman takes the onus alongside his skipper and guides the Sixers storm into the BBL finals. Moreover, James Vince notched up his highest-ever score (98*) in the history of BBL.  

With this thumping victory, the Sixers become the first team to seal a spot in the final of BBL 10. Meanwhile, the loser of this contest i.e the Scorchers will play the Challenger against the winner of the Knockout (Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder). The Scorchers have one more chance to qualify for the BBL finals and they will be gunning to make a strong come back in the Challenger.

''We weren't sure about the conditions, a few balls were moving around when we bowled, Phillipe took the pressure off me with a few early boundaries. Two more would have been nice, but great to contribute and be there till the end, said MoM winner.''

''Only he will know' (on AJ Tye's wide, if it was deliberate), but we should have been home in the previous over, but just happy to be finishing unbeaten. It will be amazing to be at the SCG, it's an amazing prospect after being on the road for so long. Great turnabout, nice to see so many traveling to support us, looking forward to Saturday (February 6th) for the final, he added.''

Earlier, Perth Scorchers (PRS) won the toss and opted to bat first. The English duo of Roy and Livingstone not able to get away and both fell cheaply and Munro's start wasn't converted. But Josh Inglis held one end up, Mitchell Marsh fell to a bizarre decision from the on-field umpire, skipper Turner and Inglish turned things around as the Scorchers finished strongly. 

Josh Inglis played a pivotal knock as he helped the Scorchers breach the 160-run mark. Inglis remains unbeaten on 69 off 41 deliveries, comprising 5 fours and 2 massive sixes and the Scorchers finish with 167 for 6 in 20 overs. Ben Dwarshuis was the pick of the bowlers for Sydney Sixers, he finished with a piece of wickets.