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Katich hammered 75 runs off 42 balls
Former Australia batsman Simon Katich scored a magnificent half-century to help the Perth Scorchers breeze past the Sydney Thunder by six wickets during their clash at the WACA.
Katich was well supported by Mitchell Marsh, who smashed an unbeaten 34 and took one wicket.
Thunder captain Michael Hussey won the toss and elected to bat first.
His decision to do so backfired as opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was given out lbw off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff for 14.
Daniel Hughes was dismissed the very next over as he was brilliantly caught by Alfonso Thomas as mid-on off the bowling of Yasir Arafat.
Hussey himself only made 13 runs before being caught by Craig Simmons at third man off the bowling of Marsh.
Thanks to Eoin Morgan’s 48 off 30 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, and Jason Floros’ quickfire 37 off 24 deliveries, which included three boundaries and two maximums, the Thunder were able to reach 157/6 at the end of their 20 overs.
Brad Hogg was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Marsh, Arafat and Behrendorff chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 158 to win, the Scorchers got off to a poor start as Simmons was caught by Chris Tremain at third man off the bowling of Dirk Nannes for just nine runs.
Shaun Marsh managed to make 20 runs before being caught by Dilshan at backward point off the bowling of Tremain.
Adam Voges also failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Morgan at extra cover off the bowling of Luke Feldman for only eight runs.
Katich and Mitchell Marsh turned things around with a brilliant 61-run partnership, during which Katich brought up his half-century, before being caught by Tremain off the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu.
Katich’s excellent knock of 75 came off 42 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.
Despite losing Katich, Marsh stood tall and guided the Scorchers to a six-wicket win with four balls to spare.
Marsh finished on 34 off 29 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.
Sandhu, Tremain, Feldman and Nannes all picked up one wicket apiece.