Sydney Sixers faced Perth Scorchers in their last game too — which was on Jan 4 — and lost, which was only their second of the tournament.
In that game, their bowlers had done well to restrict Perth to 143 for 8 but their batters tanked, with only Dan Christian showing resistance. The veteran all-rounder almost got his team home with a 61-ball 73.
The Sixers recently became the latest team to be hit by a Covid outbreak. Four of their players tested positive and are currently in isolation but their identities have not been revealed.
The Sixers had already lost England’s James Vince to national duty so the loss of an additional four will sting more.
Perth have almost looked infallible this season except for when facing Sydney Thunder, against whom they have two losses and none against everyone else.
The Scorchers and Sixers have the same number of losses so far this season but a washed-out game for the two-time defending champs and greater bonuses for Perth has opened up a six-point difference between the pair at the top.
Aaron Hardie was the savior for Perth in that game, with his 45 off 24 pivotal in getting his team to recover from 69-5 to 143-8.
The pace trio of Tymal Mills, Lance Morris, and Andrew Tye had also done well, taking eight wickets between themselves. Mills is off to England now and so won’t be available.