Adelaide attackers have continued their dominance in the running Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23 with a comfortable six wicket win against Sydney Thunder on Tuesday. This was the Strikers’ third straight win and they sit at the top of the points table.
Chasing 151, the Strikers got off to a terrible start and lost their opener Jake Weatherald (7), when the team’s score was 9 in 2.1 overs. Before the thunder could put more pressure, Matthew Kort inspired the Strikers’ comeback with a remarkable at bat.
Short kept the scoreboard ticking and found boundaries to ensure the run-rate remained within Strikers’ range. He added 83 runs for the second wicket with Chris Lynn before the latter was cleared by Nathan MacAndrew for 28.
Short, meanwhile, hit a brilliant half-century and looked to take his team across the finish line with ease, but McAndrew came again to save the Thunders, getting rid of Short for a well-made 65 from 44 deliveries, including three fours and five sixes. Possibly, Adam snake brought the team across the finish line with his undefeated 28-run knockout.
Earlier, after opting to bat first, the Thunder posted 150/5 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to a sparkling strike by opener Alex Hales. The England cricketer then hit 68 off 50 deliveries, using six fours and three sixes.
Hales formed a brilliant 63-run partnership for the third wicket Oliver Davies before Colin deGradhomme broke the stand by firing Hales. Davies scored a crucial 42-run hit from just 30 balls, including two fours and a maximum. For Strikers, De Grandhomme (2/27) and Henry Thorton (2/18) took two wickets each.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) December 20, 2022
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 20, 2022
The Strikers are definitely rolling #bbl12!
I love what Dizzy Gillespie and the team have done.
Hose looks like a smart recruit, CDG doing his job and 2-3 bowlers getting up every game.
Strong side with Carey and Head to return as well.
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) December 20, 2022
Alex Hales was averaging 48.33 at Adelaide Oval in T20 cricket when he started this match.
It is his best average for any ground where he has played 10 or more games. #BBL12
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) December 20, 2022
Good recovery here from Sydney Thunder after that extraordinary 15 all out against Adelaide @StrikersBBL last week. Goal testing but achievable with short square boundaries at the always picturesque Adelaide Oval at sunset 🌅 🏏🍺👌🏼 #BBL #Cricket Tipping the Strikers this year 🏆🙌🏼 https://t.co/TMQ1321nw3
— Mountains 🌴🌏 (@jardinmondial) December 20, 2022
— Eden Kasukar (@CaptainEden25) December 20, 2022
I was worried about Strikers, but then I remembered that Matt Short exists
— Hayley (@Hayleyyemma) December 20, 2022
Sydney Thunders have scored 10 times more points than in the last game against Adelaide Strikers.
-15/10 in the last match.
— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) December 20, 2022
Sydney Thunders v Adelaide Strikers
on December 16: 15/10
on December 20: 150/5
— Adish Shetty (@AdishDeGea) December 20, 2022
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 20, 2022
Alex Hales vs Adelaide Strikers🏏
The Englishman finishes as top scorer for Sydney Thunder in their fight against Adelaide Strikers’🔥
📸: EPA/DAVE HUNT pic.twitter.com/0AO9CokdMU
— Hollywoodbets UK & Ireland (@HWbetsUKIRE) December 20, 2022
Matt Short has massive shoulders #BBL12
— Chaos (@Chaos_098) December 20, 2022
What a fantastic hitter from M short GO THE STRIKERS🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏
— KylieJohns86Crows (@KylieCrows86) December 20, 2022
Best bowling numbers for a Hobart Hurricanes spinner in BBL history:
D’Arcy Short (5/21) – vs. Sydney Thunder (2020)
Qais Ahmad (4/12) – v Sydney Sixers (2019)
Paddy Dooley (4/16) – vs. Perth Scorchers (2022)
Xavier Doherty (4/17) – against Adelaide Strikers (2011)#BBL12
— Sam_ (@Sam849329) December 19, 2022
— Lachlan Dand 🇦🇺 (@LDand_13) December 20, 2022
— Zain Ali (زین علی) (@zamcw) December 20, 2022
#Reactions #Twitter #Matthew #Short #bowlers #shine #Adelaide #Strikers #emphatic #victory #Sydney #Thunder #BBL12