Adelaide was heartbroken on Tuesday night, however, they fought back in magnificent fashion tonight, thumping the Renegades at home and getting their BBL|11 campaign off the mark.
Despite an under-par batting performance, they put on a show with the ball, putting in a terrific bowling performance, bowling the Renegades out for 100 with eight balls to spare.
As it happened:
The Strikers started off strongly with the bat, with Matt Short continuing his great early domestic season form for Victoria, dispatching the ball to all parts of Adelaide Oval. They finished the powerplay 1/48, with Weatherald being deceived by a Zahir Khan wrong ‘un at the end of the third over.
After losing the red hot Short also to Zahir, Harry Nielsen and Jono Wells started to build a nice partnership in the middle. Nielsen then had his stumps all over the place, losing his wicket at the end of the ninth.
Wells and Drew again started to rebuild, but both lost their wickets of Kane Richardson’s bowling, leaving the Strikers in a bit of trouble.
More BBL|11 News
Rashid Khan played a nice cameo of 13 runs. However, he was out in the power surge caught by his fellow countryman Mohammad Nabi off Reece Topley’s bowling
George Garton provided some late fireworks, but Kane Richardson finished the job. He ended up with figures of 4-32, picking up his 100th BBL wicket along the way, as the Gades bowled Adelaide out for 149.
At the start of their innings, the Renegades started with intent, finishing with 13 off the first over. They ended the powerplay in a solid position (albeit with fewer runs than Adelaide) at 0/36.
They initially lost their first three wickets right when a partnership was starting to build. First Harvey went after an unbelievable mix-up, then went James Seymour after a 20-run partnership with Sam Harper.
Harper fell 13 runs and 14 balls later before the batting collapse began. In the space of 18 balls, they lost 5-9, with Khan the cause and Agar the main factor in the collapse. Among the wickets was a stunning caught behind by Harry Nielsen of Wes Agar’s bowling.
Topley & Richardson put on an entertaining 10 run partnership before the Gades were bowled out for a measly 100. Wes Agar picked up the Man of the Match, finishing with figures of 3/17 off three overs.
However, it was Rashid Khan who stood out. He had his entertaining cameo of 13 off seven balls, but he did it again with the ball, picking up 2-17 off his four overs and kickstarting the Renegades collapse.
It was a poor finish from the Renegades, who’ll look to bounce back on Monday in their match against the Heat at Metricon. The Strikers will travel up to Sydney to face off with the Scorchers at the Showgrounds.
Subscribe to our newsletter!