Sydney Thunder hit 150 runs against the Adelaide Strikers just FOUR DAYS after a pathetic 15 runs total against the same opponents… but Alex Hales’ strong innings is still not enough to avoid another defeat
Behind another Matt Short masterclass, the prolific Adelaide Strikers have maintained their perfect start to the BBL season with a six-wicket win over Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval.
Short (65) was cautious early on Tuesday night before exploding after the powerplay to steer the leading Strikers past the Thunder’s 5-150 with eight deliveries to spare, and to a 3-0 record.
After the early departure of Jake Weatherald (seven), Short, this season’s leading run scorer, opened his shoulders and hit five sixes in his scintillating 44-ball knock.
Matt Short made 65 off 44 balls as the Strikers secured a six-wicket win over the Thunder
Thomas Kelly (left) and Adam Hose (right) watched the Strikers at home on Tuesday night
Short, who was also stingy with the ball (0-13 off three overs), relished Daniel Sam’s offering and dominated an 83-run second-wicket union with Chris Lynn (28), who was bowled in the unlikely. the role of second fiddle.
Both men fell to superb yorkers from left-arm pacer Nathan McAndrew (2-25), Lynn’s castle disturbed and Short trapped in front, before English import Adam Hose (28no) came in to put the finishing touches.
Earlier, the Strikers bowlers put their team in a strong position after recovering from an early onslaught from Alex Hales.
The England master blaster top-scored with 68 but was kept in relative check after smashing 36 of the Thunder’s 39 powerplay runs.
Chris Lynn put on an 83-run, second-wicket partnership with Short before he was bowled
Nathan McAndrew removed both Short and Lynn with a superb spell of fast bowling
Alex Hales smashed 68 off 50 balls, but it wasn’t enough to get Sydney over the line
The Adelaide crowd erupted into applause in the third over as the Thunder’s score went past the T20 world record low 15 they embarrassingly posted against the Strikers on Friday night.
Hales put on 63 for the third wicket with youngster Ollie Davies (42) before both succumbed to de Grandhomme (2-25).
The Thunder, whose win-loss record slipped to 1-3, were looking 180-plus after reaching 2-79 at the halfway point before being restricted to 3-71, including just three boundaries, in the last 10 overs.
Friday’s destroyer Henry Thornton took 2-19 to take his season to 11 wickets at a phenomenal average of 3.82.