T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Royals end Scorchers campaign

30/9/2013 06:40 AM
Kevin Cooper


The Perth Scorchers' hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 are over after a nine-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday evening.

The Scorchers could only muster 120 from their 20 overs, Adam Voges top scoring with 27, and it was never going to be enough against Rajasthan, who had won their past 10 matches on home turf in Jaipur.

Jason Behrendorff bowled former Indian Test batsman Rahul Dravid for a duck in the opening over to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

However, Ajinkya Rahane (62no) and Sanju Samson (50no) guided the hosts to victory, which secured their semi-final spot with 21 balls to spare.

The Scorchers were left to regret too few runs on the board, only managing 12 boundaries during their innings where they slipped from a good position at 2-62 to be all out for 120.

Royals skipper Dravid had won the toss and sent the Scorchers into bat in the must-win clash.

Perth made a quick start with Liam Davis (18) looking sharp, but he and Ashton Agar (10) both departed, leaving Perth 2-29 inside the first five overs.

Experienced duo Adam Voges (27 off 21) and Simon Katich looked to take control of the Scorchers' innings, with a total in excess of 160 in mind.

The pair looked comfortable at the crease, taking the score to a promising 2-61 after eight overs.

However the scenario changed quickly when Pravin Tambe took the ball, having the Scorchers' skipper stumped for 12 in his first over.

From there, the Perth team fell apart and the boundaries dried up, struggling to handle Tambe, who finished with 2-18 from four overs, along with Kevon Cooper (4-17).

With Katich's dismissal, the Scorchers lost 7-35 to slip to 9-97, before tailenders Michael Beer and Behrendorff added a handy 23 runs for the final wicket.

The Scorchers will finish their campaign against Mumbai Indians in their final group game on Wednesday night (AEST).