The Adelaide Strikers have avenged for their seven-wicket loss in the previous face-off be beating the Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season. It was a proper hammering from the home team as the star-studded Heat faltered with the bat big time and paid a price for the same. This win has also kept the playoff hopes of the Strikers well and truly alive as they climbed to the third position after playing 10 matches with 11 points to their name.
Earlier in the day, Chris Lynn won the toss and opted to bat and the decision didn’t go their way at all. Max Bryant and AB de Villiers were back in the hut with only 18 runs on the board in the fourth over. Lynn tried to hang around but never got going during his stay. In the end, Liam O’Connor ended his troubled stay of 26 runs off 24 balls in the 8th over of the innings.
However, Matt Renshaw held one end superbly and played a valiant knock. But none of the other batsmen could even cross the 10-run mark. Renshaw scored 43 off 31 deliveries with six fours and was the seventh batsman to get out. From there on, it didn’t take much time for the Adelaide Strikers to bundle out the Heat.
While O’Connor picked three wickets, Wes Agar and Michael Neser returned with a couple each. Brisbane Heat could only post 100 runs on the board in 17 overs before getting all-out.
Philip Salt and Weatherald help Strikers canter to victory
There was no doubt that the target wasn’t enough for the Heat to even fight. And the Adelaide Strikers’ openers Jake Weatherald and Philip Salt grind the opposition to dust with their authoritative batting. The duo attacked from the word go in the chase and didn’t lose their wicket as well.
Salt took the aggressive approach scoring an unbeaten 67 off just 38 balls with five fours and as many maximums while his partner played a good hand of 33* with six fours to his name. The hosts completed the chase in just 10.5 overs boosting their net run-rate massively and sealed the game with 10 wickets in hand.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Remember kids. Cricket ain’t about the big names. It’s ain't about the conditions. #BBL09
— GUN Jaggy (@GunJaggy) January 17, 2020
— Stu B (@datimekeeper) January 17, 2020
— Stido (@stido1977) January 17, 2020
Humiliating defeat for Brisbane Heat, Adelaide chase down 101 runs from just 10.5 overs with 10 wickets in hand, this is going help their NRR. #BBL09
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 17, 2020
— Scott23 (@ScottElderfiel1) January 17, 2020
— Adam Davies (@adam_davies2) January 17, 2020
Welcome to the BBL Phil Salt #BBL09
— Ryan Adamson (@radamson15) January 17, 2020
— Davis Harrigan 🦁 (@DeadlineDavis) January 17, 2020
— Jacob PAFC (@jacobpafc) January 17, 2020
Adelaide Strikers Beat Brisbane Heat By 10 Wkts & They've Chased the Target oF 101 In Just 10.5 Overs, Courtesy 67(38)* By Philip Salt 🔥
— Mani 🇵🇰 (@ManiTweets14) January 17, 2020
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 17, 2020
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