By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, February 1, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Jake Weatherald smashed a top-quality half-century as Adelaide Strikers came up with a team effort to overcome the high-flying Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League match played at Launceston, Australia on Thursday.
Despite of the impressive victory, the Adelaide Strikers are still languishing at the sixth place on the points table, which is topped by Hobart Hurricanes with 18 points from 12 matches. Adelaide Strikers have 10 points from 12 matches.
Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars, and Sydney Thunder follow the Hurricanes at the next four positions with 16 points, 14 points, 12 points, and 11 points, respectively.
The two worst teams in the Big Bash League 2019, i.e. Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat, are battling it out to leave the last place in Friday’s BBL encounter.
Hobart Hurricanes made 7/169 from their 20 overs, thanks to a gritty half-century by skipper Mathew Wade (88 runs from 54 deliveries – 8 fours, 2 sixes). The total could have been a lot bigger had the Hurricanes batters were able to provide the much-needed impetus to the skipper. The second best effort by a Hobart batsman was D’Arcy Short’s 26 runs from 19 deliveries as the left-hander smashed four boundaries. Rest of the batters were not able to ensure a longer stay in the middle.
Ben Laughlin (3/31) was the pick of the bowlers for the Strikers but Michael Neser (2/38) and Afghanistan’s leg-spin bowler Rashid Khan (2/28) were also among the wicket-takers.
Despite of a batting collapse, Hobart Hurricanes managed to post a handsome total on the board. The target needed a couple of good innings from the run-chasing Adelaide Strikers. This is exactly what happened. Alex Carey (54 runs from 35 balls – 7 fours, 1 six) and Player of the Match Jake Weatherald (82 runs from 42 balls – 11 fours, 2 sixes) joined forces to forge a massive first wicket partnership of 116 runs from just 10.4 overs. The partnership made the run-chase a walk in the park for the rest of the batsmen. Skipper Colin Ingram (4* runs from 7 balls) and JW Wells (19* runs from 15 balls – 1 four, 1 six) completed the run-chase in just 17.5 overs.
The victory was just what doctor had ordered for Adelaide Strikers as the Big Bash League 2019 entered its business end. The top four teams on the points table will join Hobar Hurricanes in the BBL Playoffs 2019.