Hughes and Henriques shock the Scorchers to secure the Sixers’ last-ball victory.

Sydney Sixers 201 for 7 (Hughes 74, Henriques 47*, Behrendorff 3-35) beat Perth Scorchers 197 for 4 (Evans 72, Connolly 37*, Dwarshuis 2-23) by three wickets

Daniel Hughes and Moises Henriques inspired Sydney Sixers to an extraordinary run chase at Optus Stadium to stun defending champions Perth Scorchers and lift into the coveted second place on the ladder.

Sixers appeared to be cruising to victory at 181 for 3 with two overs left, but then collapsed until skipper Henriques kept his cool in a nerve-jangling final over.

Needing 13 runs off the final over, Henriques blasted a six off opposite number Aaron Hardie on the fourth ball and then hit a boundary off the last ball – with one required – to get Sixers over the line in dramatic fashion.

Qualifier Clash

In Friday’s Qualifier on the Gold Coast, the Sixers will play the top-ranked Brisbane Heat. Both teams have a double chance to win. The loss hurt the Scorchers, who will now host a knockout final on Saturday against the strong Adelaide Strikers.

Laurie Evans ended his time in the Big Bash League in style by hitting 72 runs off of 34 balls to get the Scorchers going in the high-stakes match between the league’s top teams. The Scorchers’ score of 197 for 4 looked good on their home field, but Hughes hit 74 off 43 balls to put the game on the verge of ending.

Henriques Rescues

At the end of the 15th over, Hughes was out-caught by Hardie. Sixers still needed 52 runs to win. In the 17th over, Henriques hit Andrew Tye for 10 runs off of two balls, which changed the tide and put the Sixers ahead.

In a late twist, the Sixers needed 17 runs off of 12 balls. Wicketkeeper Josh Inglis made a spectacular catch running back to the edge to get rid of Jordan Silk. This started a collapse in which the visitors lost four wickets in eight balls.

However, Henriques stepped up, and the Sixers were happy to end a bad run against the Scorchers, who had won six of the last seven games between the teams.

For the Scorchers to try for a record third straight title, they will have to work hard to find a replacement for Evans, the powerful middle-order batter who is leaving Perth tomorrow for the ILT20 in the UAE.

Evans and Hardie smashed 41 runs in the most profitable power surge this season by any team. Evans continued on his merry way until holing out in the penultimate over where he walked waving his bat to a standing ovation from his ever-growing legion of fans.

The jubilant Scorchers faithful were in a mood for celebration, but the night ended in despair and unfamiliar heartbreak for them.

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