Adelaide Strikers got their first win of the 2019-20 season as they got better of the Perth Scorchers in their first home match. Strikers, who were invited to bat first, posted a huge total of 198/4 in the restricted 18 overs. Jake Weatherald scored 83 from 47 deliveries with help of 13 boundaries. Skipper Alex Carey gave the boost to the total with 24-ball 55. The Scorchers’ opening pair of Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis set the chase on fire with a 124-run stand coming in only 8.4 overs.
Livingstone smashed seven sixes and five fours during his 26-ball 69 while Inglis got a 27-ball 50. Both the openers were dismissed by Rashid Khan who also took the crucial wicket of Ashton Turner. They left when the Scorchers were needed 72 from 9 overs but no other player reaching 20 brought the hosts back into the game. Scorchers ended up on 183/7 and lost the game by 15 runs.
All the statistical highlights from a high-scoring game at the Adelaide Oval between the Strikers and Scorchers:
Nearly the highest of Adelaide Strikers:
198/4 – The total of 198/4 by the Adelaide Strikers in this match is their joint 2nd highest total in the Big Bash League. Their highest came against Hobart Hurricanes in the 2017-18 season where they posted 202/2. In the 2013-14 season, the Strikers posted 198/6 also against the Perth Scorchers.
The total of 198 by the Strikers is also the joint 2nd highest BBL total for any team against the Perth Scorchers. The highest was 210/4 by the Hurricanes in the 2017-18 season.
A game of high run rates:
11.00 – Adelaide Strikers had a run rate of 11 during their total of 198/4; the joint 3rd highest in a BBL inning of 180+ runs. Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades scored at 11.15 and 11.10 respectively during the 2016-17 season match at the Docklands Stadium.
Renegades posted 222/4 while Hurricanes chased it down and finished with 223/8. Earlier in 2014-15 season, the Hurricanes scored 209/4 in 19 overs at a run rate of 11 while chasing 209 against the Brisbane Heat.
10.16 – Perth Scorchers’ run rate of 10.16 in this game is their highest during a 150+ total in the BBL. They had an RR of 10.15 when they posted 203/7 in the 2013-14 season also against Adelaide Strikers. These are the only two instances of the Scorchers scoring 10+ run rate in a BBL. (Min: 15 overs)
Liam Livingstone’s blitz at the top:
265.38 – The batting strike rate of Liam Livingstone during his 69 off 26 balls; the 3rd highest SR in a BBL inning of 20+ balls. Ben Cutting scored at 270 strike rate against Melbourne Stars last season when he scored an unbeaten 81 off 30 balls.
On Sunday, Chris Lynn had a strike rate of 268.57 during his 35-ball 94. The Mitchell Marsh’s 56* off 22 balls on Saturday against the Renegades now stands 4th on this list as his strike during that innings was 254.54.
7 – Liam Livingstone hit as many as 7 sixes during his 69-run knock; the 3rd highest in a BBL inning for the Scorchers. Craig Simmons hit 11 and 8 maximums respectively during his 112 against Sixers and 102 against Strikers during the 2013-14 season.
89.89 – Livingstone scored 62 runs during his 69 in boundaries which is equivalent to 89.86 % of innings runs. This is the 2nd highest % of runs coming through boundaries in a Big Bash League innings of 50+ runs. Cameron Boyce had 90.20 % when he scored 46 runs in boundaries during his unbeaten 51 for Renegades against the Sydney Thunder.
Record fifties for Adelaide Strikers:
9 – Jake Weatherald has nine fifty-plus scores in the BBL for the Adelaide Strikers; the most BBL 50+ scores for the Strikers by any player surpassing eight by Travis Head. Alex Carey is 3rd on the list with seven fifty-plus scores.
83 – Weatherald’s 83-run knock is the 7th highest individual BBL score against the Scorchers and the 2nd highest against them by a Strikers’ player. Michael Klinger scored an unbeaten 86 in the 2013-14 season for the Strikers against Scorchers.
229.16 – Carey had a batting strike rate of 229.16 during his 24-ball 55. This is the highest batting strike rate in a BBL game for the Strikers. (Min: 50 runs) The previous highest was 209.67 by Alex Ross during his 65 off 31 balls against the Stars in 2015-16.
Perth Scorchers lose despite a great start:
124 – The 124-run opening partnership between Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis is the 2nd biggest opening stand to end in a defeat in a BBL chase. The highest is 133 between Jake Weatherald and Ben Dunk for the Strikers against Heat in 2016-17.
Overall, the Livingstone-Inglis is the 4th biggest opening stand in the Big Bash League to result in a defeat. This is also the 4th largest partnership for any wicket in a BBL chase to end up on the losing side.
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