Adelaide Strikers sealed yet another close win in this Big Bash League as they defeated the Melbourne Stars by mere 4 runs. Skipper Alex Carey anchored the innings with run-a-ball 45 while Jonathan Wells smashed an unbeaten 68 from only 46 balls. The duo added 89 for the 4th wicket to help the Strikers finish on 174/4. Glenn Maxwell’s 25-ball 43 pulled back the Melbourne Stars in a tricky equation but go out when 34 needed from 15 balls. Nathan Coulter-Nile scored 20* from only 8 balls but couldn’t take the Stars over the line.
All the statistical highlights from Strikers’ close victory over the Melbourne Stars:
A narrow win for the Adelaide Strikers:
4 – The 4-run win in this game is the 2nd smallest winning margin in terms of runs in the BBL. They defeated the Melbourne Renegades in the 2017-18 season match by 1-run.
This was the 4th time the Melbourne Stars lost a BBL game by a margin of 4 or fewer runs; the most number of defeats for any team in the BBL by a margin of fewer than five runs.
5 – Number of times the Adelaide Strikers have defeated Melbourne Stars in the BBL; the fewest number of wins for the Strikers against any team. They also won only five matches in this league against Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers.
An unbeaten run for Jonathan Wells:
141 – Jonathan Wells has scored 141 runs across three matches in this tournament and is yet to be dismissed. Wells recorded scores of 68*, 18* and 55* in three matches thus far.
Across 27 BBL innings for the Adelaide Strikers, Jonathan Wells has scored three fifties; all three coming in the last four innings. He scored 69 in the last league game of the Strikes in the 2018-19 season against Perth Scorchers.
Glen Maxwell levels with Aaron Finch:
69 – Glenn Maxwell has struck 69 sixes in the Big Bash League thus far; the joint 2nd most by any player. Chris Lynn leads the list with 135 sixes from 64 innings while Maxwell and Aaron Finch have hit 69 apiece in 56 and 57 innings respectively.
Adam Zampa @ 150:
150 – Adam Zampa completed 150 wickets in the Twenty20 format with the wicket of Phil Salt. He is the first spinner and overall 8th player from Australia with 150 T20 wickets.
Glenn Maxwell @ 2000:
2002 – Glenn Maxwell completed 2000 runs in the Twenty20 format in Australia when on 33. He is the 9th player to score over 2000 T20 runs on the Australian soil.
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