Melbourne Stars locked horns with Adelaide Strikers at Carrara Oval in Queensland. It turned out to be an enthralling encounter for the spectators as the match went on to the last ball. However, it was won by Strikers by four runs, who successfully grabbed two important points. Strikers have moved up in the points table and are currently leading the charts with six points.
Stars won the toss and elected to field first in the match. The decision to bowl didn’t go into their corners as Jake Weatherald smashed 20 runs in the second over of the innings against Dale Steyn and helped Strikers in getting off to a flying start. However, the left-handed batsman attempted a mistimed stroke and the ball went high into the hands of Glenn Maxwell.
Adelaide Strikers gathered two crucial points due to their bowling attack
Moreover, Adam Zampa, the right-arm spinner helped Stars in getting their second wicket for the match as he dismissed opener Phillip Salt. Strikers were left struggling after both their openers were sent back to pavilion at the score of 40 runs. However, a magnificent partnership of 89 runs between Alex Carey (45 runs off 45 balls) and Jonathan Wells (68 runs off 46 balls) helped their side to post a competitive total of 174 runs in stipulated 20 overs. Adam Zampa turned out to be the most economical bowler for registering figures of 1/26.
Coming onto the chase, Stars got off to a worse possible start as they lost their in-form opener Nic Maddinson in the second over of the innings. He attempted to go big for a six but failed to time the ball that went high into the air into the hands of Wes Agar. The woeful form of Hilton Cartwright continued in this match as well, who could only manage to score seven odd runs.
Marcus Stoinis and Peters Handscomb stitched a good partnership of 42 runs in order to revive their side from the early blows. And, the stand was broken by Rashid Khan in the 13th over of the innings. Later on, Glenn Maxwell played a swift knock of 43 runs off 25 balls with three boundaries and four sixes. But, Peter Siddle bowled the right-handed batsman out before he could have taken the match away from Strikers.
Nathan Coulter Nile, who came out to bat after Maxwell played a cameo knock of 20 runs off 9 balls but that was not enough for making his side win the game as Melbourne Stars lost the match by a margin of four runs. Jonathan Wells was given Man of The Match for scoring a brilliant fifty.
Peter Siddle turned out to be the best bowler for Adelaide Strikers, who registered brilliant bowling figures of 3/24. After an enthralling match, fans congratulated Adelaide Strikers for convincingly winning the match against Melbourne Stars.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Milo the🌲😼 (@Milo_Fluff) December 27, 2019
— Richard Woods (@RichwoodsAus) December 27, 2019
— PRO Tipster (@bet365_pro) December 27, 2019
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 27, 2019
PETER. SIDDLE. 🙌🏼🏏🙌🏼🏏🙌🏼🏏 #BBL09
— Kate Gross (@katelizabeth144) December 27, 2019
Just a matter of one hit away for the Melbourne Stars to cross the line. If only Maxwell had stayed there for some more time but that's the way he plays..Siddle was 🔥#BBL09
— Sriram (@SriramARR) December 27, 2019
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) December 27, 2019
— Kristy Slater (@KristySlater) December 27, 2019
Overs 19 and 20 of the Strikers’ innings proved to be the difference in the end.
Fielding was terrible, Sandeep should have bowled his full 4 overs and Ben Dunk still isn’t a finisher. Can’t keep leaving everything to Glenn Maxwell. #BBL09
— Tom Carpenter (@Carpo34) December 27, 2019
That was clutch bowling by Sidds, first loss for the season for us. 😥 #BBL09
— Peter Legato (@PeterLegato) December 27, 2019
— Prashit Patel (@prashit_21) December 27, 2019
Wow that was some game of cricket… #bbl09
— Javeed Ali (@JNAli09) December 27, 2019
The final over in the Strikers innings bowled by Coulter-Nile, proved very costly #BBL09
— Smokie Dawson (@smokiedawson) December 27, 2019
— Richard Wade (@richjwade1) December 27, 2019
Catches win matches 😤 #BBL09
— Ryan Higgins (@ryanhiggins___) December 27, 2019
Steyn and Lamichhane only bowled 3 but Maxwell bowled 2, brilliant, just bloody brilliant #BBL09
— Matt Parker (@zoonmattau) December 27, 2019
Stars bowling at the end of the Strikers innings was ultimately the difference. Always. Bowl out Steyn. #BBL09
— Daniele (@ozfootytalk) December 27, 2019
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