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Player of the Match: Chamari Athapaththu
12:07 IST & 17:37 Local Time| Chamari Athapaththu finishes the game in style! Sydney Thunder Women have beat the Table Toppers of the WBBL by 9 wickets. They have chased down the target in 16.1 overs.
Earlier in the game, Sydney Thunder Women won the toss and opted to field against Perth Scorchers Women. Beth Mooney's strong start (26 off 19 balls) was halted by Lauren Smith's LBW dismissal. Sophie Devine (15 off 18) fell to Sammy Jo-Johnson, and despite a few setbacks, Amy Jones provided a late boost with a quick 37 off 16 balls.
Perth Scorchers finished at 116/8 in 20 overs. Noteworthy bowling performances from Lauren Smith (2/12) and Chamari Athapaththu (2/23), with contributions from Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Sammy Jo-Johnson, and Heather Knight, each taking a wicket.
While Chasing a modest target of 117 runs, Sydney Thunder faced an early setback with the loss of Phoebe Litchfield (8 off 11) in the 3rd over. Heather Knight joined forces with the experienced Chamari Athapaththu, who took charge aggressively, setting the run rate soaring.
Knight contributed with well-timed boundaries, leaving the Perth Scorchers Women's bowlers struggling. Athapaththu showcased her prowess with a remarkable 77*-run innings,supported by Knight's composed 32*, guided Sydney Thunder to a convincing victory in just 16.1 overs.
From a bowling point of view, it wasn't a good day for the Perth Scorchers bowlers as they failed to make an impact today. All the bowlers went wicketless. Perth Scorchers were able to scalp just one wicket, that is of Phoebe Litchfield who got runout.
With this victory Sydney Thunder Women have climbed to the second spot in the WBBL points table and Perth Scorchers are on the first spot.
16.1 Edgar to C Athapaththu
4 FOUR RUNS!! Tosses it outside off and Athapaththu times the ball with perfection as it cruises past cover for a boundary. With that, the game comes to an end and it's been a demolition job by Sydney Thunder against the table-toppers.
Scores are level now!
Sydney Thunder Women
15.6 S Devine to C Athapaththu
1 Hits the length at leg and that's been tucked away to the deep mid-wicket region for one.
15.5 S Devine to H Knight
1 Bowls it short and that's been pulled to deep mid-wicket for one.
15.4 S Devine to H Knight
0 Bowls it outside off as that's been square driven to point.
15.3 S Devine to C Athapaththu
1 Bowls it short and keeps it outside off. Athapaththu attempts to cut but inside edges it past the keeper for one.
Sydney Thunder need just 4 runs off 27 balls.
15.2 S Devine to C Athapaththu
6 SIX RUNS!! Devine bowls it full and onto the stumps. Athapaththu with her much favoured lofted shot smashes this one into the fence at the long-off region.
15.1 S Devine to C Athapaththu
4 FOUR RUNS!! Athapaththu is in a hurry here. Devine bowls it short and wide as Athapaththu pounces on it and cuts the ball past the point fielder for a boundary!
Sydney Thunder Women
14.6 C Ainsworth to C Athapaththu
1 Good length delivery outside the off-stump line, Chamari comes down the track and works it down towards long-off.
4 FOUR!!!! 100 comes up for the Sydney Thunder Women. Good length delivery on the middle stump line, Chamari comes down the track and pulls it towards the deep backward square leg region, it was a slower delivery and Chamari picked it up early.
14.4 C Ainsworth to H Knight
1 Pitched up outside the off-stump line, Knight steers it down towards deep third man region.
14.3 C Ainsworth to C Athapaththu
1 Fuller length delivery on the middle stump line, Chamari works it down towards long-off.