Nida Dar's 43 takes Sydney Thunder down to the wire in nerve-jangling affair
Perth Scorcher stretched their winning streak by edging out Sydney Thunder side in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) 30th match at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth.
Asked to bat, Scorchers posted a meagre 116/6 on the board which turned out to be enough in the end - even though Thunder's trump card Nida Dar almost got her side over the line with her rearguard action with the bat.
Mag Lanning's 25 and Natalie Sciver's 27 helped Scorcher get past 100 in the first innings. Mag, the skipper, wouldn't have guessed the total will turn out to be a par score.
Kim Garth was sharp throughout her bowling spell as she outgunned three batsmen while Heather Graham bagged two scalps. Natalie Sciver chipped in with two wickets and the remaining bowlers took one wicket apiece - inflicting absolute carnage on Thunder. Thus, a concerted and spirited bowling effort kept the lid on Thunder's runchase and made the paltry total seem gargantuan.
Thunder's worst nightmare came true when they lost as many as five wickets inside first eight overs with just 39 on the board.
Nida Dar stabilized the sinking ship with her valiant 43 run knock and knitted partnerships with Hannah Darlington and Lisa Griffith. However, there were many dot balls consumed and the asking rate crept up to 9 in the last two overs.
Scorcher's potent weapon Graham showed her dexterity in no uncertain terms by stepping up to the plate and darted a match-winning penultimate over. She leaked only two runs and that made 117 target look light-years away for Thunders.
It proved to be a herculean task for, Pakistan's celebrated cricketer, Dar in the end as she kept losing her companions and was left with too many runs to score in the last over. The tournament is still pretty much alive as Scorchers are placed second in the points table while Thunder is right behind them with 9 points.