How many of you have seen a player who can score runs, take wickets and has a brilliant fielding skill? There are very few players in the world cricket with all these qualities and Ellyse Perry is definitely one of them. 

One of the best all-rounders, Australia’s Ellyse Perry has certainly come a long way with her all-round performances. Though in the national team, she comes into bat in the lower middle order, she left no stone unturned in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League. She has continued her incredible form to guide her side Sydney Sixers reach the final of the WBBL.

Probably, there is nothing which Ellyse Perry can’t do!

She became the first player both male and female to reach 2000 runs in Big Bash League during their match against Renegades on January 13 where she scored an unbeaten 67 at Geelong’s Simonds Stadium. The semi-final against Melbourne Renegades showed Perry’s capability once again.

Having won the toss, Sydney Sixers elected to bat first but got off to a horror start. In-form opener Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, and Erin Burns got dismissed within the powerplay. They were reduced to 33/4 when Sara McGlashan got out in the 10th over. Captain Perry scored another half-century, added 98-run with Dane van Niekerk through a steady association and put up 131/4 after 20 overs.

Chasing 132, Melbourne Renegades too had a similar start and reduced to 19/3 very quick. Sophie Molineux and Jessica Duffin steadied the chase. When 13 runs were needed in the last over to win the game, Perry came to finish her spell. Molineux hit the first ball towards a deep backward point boundary, following two singles and 4 runs in next four balls. And, then came the last ball which led the game to the super over.

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Three runs were needed to win the final ball. Molineux hit over the backward point where Erin Burns sprinted from the deep cover-point and her wonderful diving save the boundary. Sarah Aley was there who throw the ball to Healy but Molineux’s partner Claire Koski reached the ground by that time. While coming back for three Molineux got slow and couldn’t cover the ground. Alyssa Healy gathered the ball from Aley’s throw and throw it to the non-striker’s end which caused Molineux’s dismissal and leaves the scores tied.

In the super over, Kapp’s brilliant spell allow Renegades to put up just six runs. In reply, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry opened the chase. Three singles came from the first three balls while a remarkable six in the fourth ball from Perry keep Sydney Sixers’ dream alive of winning the third consecutive WBBL title.

WBBL somehow changed the pace of T20 game. Before 130-140 was the safe score to win a match but now 180 too isn’t safe. Scoring 300 runs in a season was considered a very good WBBL season before. It would become a great season if someone crossed 400. For the first two seasons of WBBL, it was only Meg Lanning who scored over 500 runs. In the third season of WBBL in 2017-18, Ellyse Perry and Elyse Villani managed to cross 500 but Lanning’s 560 in the first season remained the highest score.

But Perry has been going through an exceptional tournament this year in the WBBL. She has scored the most runs ever in a single season. Perry amassed 744 runs in 15 matches opening the batting for Sydney Sixers, break Lanning’s record and created a new one. This year her scores are as follows: 58, 102*, 74*, 10, 72*, 103*, 2, 8, 48, 47, 13, 80*, 67*, 6, 54*. Though there are big hitters present in the team like Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner, Perry provides the stability in the innings and try to anchor till the end.

Not only with the bat but she performed with the ball as well. She scalped 10 wickets in 15 matches. Along with this, her fielding is known to everyone. She is one of the best fielders in the world cricket right now. No wonder, her side, Sydney Sixers is the top of the table. Having started the career as a bowler, Ellyse Perry now has become the top-four ODI batters with 25 half-centuries and the average is just under 50.

She is the no. 1 batter and the all-rounder in the ICC ODI ranking while 9th as a bowler and in T20I, she stands 3rd in all-rounders’ list, 5th among the bowlers and 22nd among batters. Like the previous seasons, she will try to guide her team Sydney Sixers to another win in the final against Brisbane Heat at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney on January 26. It will be interesting to see, whether Perry, who has led the team from the front in the whole season, will have the last laugh or Brisbane Heat will be able to win their first ever WBBL title.

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