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Harmanpreet’s innings consisted of 6 monstrous sixes; 3 of which came off Scorchers’ Heather Graham © Getty Images

Harmanpreet Kaur bashed 37-ball 64 not out in the losing cause for Sydney Thunder against the Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), match No. 50. Kaur walked in to bat at No. 4 for her team in a bid to chase down the target of 150 from the allotted 20 overs. Kaur went all guns blazing since the very first ball she faced to take her side almost across the winning line. Her innings consisted of 6 monstrous sixes; 3 of which came off Scorchers’ Heather Graham. Thunder lost the game by 4 runs, which helped the Scorchers to top the table on net run rate despite both teams having same number of points.

Kaur’s assault started when the Thunder needed 78 off 41 deliveries. She blasted off the opposition bowling to every corner of the park including three back-to-back sixes off Graham’s bowling which brought down the equation to 37 from 18 deliveries. The game looked well in Sydney’s court but apart from Kaur, no other batter from her team could share the responsibility of the run-chase. Alex Blackwell (39) the Thunder skipper did play her part but was just not enough for her side With Kaur hitting the ball over the boundary fences at one end, the wickets kept tumbling for them at the other end which resulted in their defeat. Piepa Cleary was the best bowler for Scorchers as she finished with the figures of 3 for 16.

Earlier, Elyse Villani’s 74 off 55 deliveries led the Perth Scorchers to post a total of 149. Villani’s innings was laced with 3 sixes and 7 cracking boundaries and she was well associated by fellow opener Nicole Bolton who scored 34-ball 32. Both Villani and Bolton put on a 97-run stand for the first wicket which enabled their team to post a decent target for their opposition, and eventually coming out as winners of the contest.