Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers
Melbourne Stars hosted Adelaide strikers at MCG in what was a crucial match for both sides aiming to qualify for the finals.
Melbourne Stars have missed Maxwell, Adam Zampa & James Faulkner to the national duty and their replacement were Peter Handscomb who returned from national side, Gulbis and Liam Bowe.
Strikers too had lost some player like Travis Head and Stanlake while Chris Jordon missed the game due to injury. The replacement were fan favourite Tim Ludeman, Wes Agar and New Zealand leggy Ish Sodhi.
David Hussey won the toss and opted to bowl first. The opening pair of Jack Weatherald and Ben Dunk started the innings positively. They got of to a reasonable start but could not continue the momentum as Weatherlad was one of the many victim’s picked by Scot Boland. Ben Ludeman joined Dunk and carried the innings forward. The young bowler Bowe picked the prize scalp of Dunk. In came, Striker’s captain Hodge but he too did not lost long as he fell for mere 17 runs as he was clean bowled by Boland.
The Next person to go was Ludeman who tried hitting Boland for a maximum but endedup caught by Quiney. The big West Indian Kieran Pollard, known for his hard hitting fell cheaply for 16 runs as Adelaide strikers got 152 in the end. Scot Boland was the star men as he picked 4 for 30.
Quiney and Wright went out to chase what was an easy target. Wright fell cheaply in the 4th over. One of clever move made by Hodge bringing Ben Dunk to bowl as a second choicebowler. The move paid off as he removes Wright. Next up was Quiney who has made quick-fire 41 of 17 balls. Pietersen and Handscomb tried to steady the innings but Handscomb was bowled by a beauty of delivery by Ish Sodhi.
Stonis and Hussey fell cheaply as Stars have lost half of the side for 84 runs. It was left to in-form Pietersen to finish the game but a untimely run-out saw stars lose Pietersen. As the momentum shift in favour of strikers it was Gulbis and Big Ben who rescued Stars by a unlikely parternship of 37 runs stand for 7th wicket which swung the match in favour of stars.
In the end, Big Ben finished the game off with an unbeaten score of 32 runs that saw Melbourne Stars won by 2 wickets with 3 ball remaining.
Striker’s will face Melbourne Renegades on Jan 16 at Home while Stars face Perth Scorchers at WACA.