Jake Weatherald and Ryan Gibson combined together to lift Adelaide Strikers from a tough situation to post a competitive total. Then their bowlers combined to assault another Melbourne Renegades collapse to hand their seventh consecutive loss of the season. Weatherald and Gibson had combined to 96 runs together and took the team total to 171. Strikers won the game by a huge margin of 60 runs.
The 29th match of the BBL was scheduled between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades at the Adelaide Oval. Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to bat first on their home ground. After struggling at the score of 72 runs for which they lost four wickets, Jake Weatherald and Ryan Gibson then combined to post 171 on the board. The score of 171 then proved to be too much for Melbourne Renegades as they lost the game by 60 runs.
Adelaide Strikers innings – Weatherald, Gibson save the day for Strikers
Adelaide Strikers opted to bat first after winning the toss. Matt Renshaw and Phil Salt came out as the openers. It was a slow and not-so-good start by the home team. Not only they scored slow in the start but also lost the wicket of Salt in the fourth over.
Then captain Alex Carey and Renshaw combined to take the innings beyond the fifty score. The pair scored 54 runs together for the second wicket before Renshaw was out by Mohammad Nabi.
Then some quick wicket to follow. Jonathan Wells and Carey, both were dismissed in the 11th over of the innings Imad Wasim who bowled exceptionally well for the Renegades.
Then came the two new batsmen at the crease, Jake Weatherald and Ryan Gibson. The innings was struggling at 72-4 at the 11-over mark. The duo took the innings to a good competitive total in the end.
The pair combined to score a 96-run partnership together in just 52 balls. Gibson remained not out on 43 runs off 31 balls while Weatherald was out in the last over after scoring 51 runs off 25 balls that included five fours and four sixes. It was his second half-century of the BBL 10.
Imad Wasim and Kane Richardson picked up a couple of wickets each. Imad had bowled superbly having conceded just 13 runs in his three overs but somehow Aaron Finch miscalculated not to give a fourth over to Imad.
Melbourne Renegades innings – Strikers’ bowlers hand Renegades their 7th straight loss
With time getting very near to the elimination for Melbourne Renegades as they had only one victory in seven attempts coming into this match. Aaron Finch needed to play a big innings today to lift his team. But, he is out first ball. A golden duck for the captain. Ball to the leg-side and a fine tickle from Finch and a brilliant take from Alex Carey. Renegades are one down.
The innings was stabled by Mackenzie Harvey and Sam Harper as they put on 67 runs together for the second wicket. The chase was in control at the time the two were batting but Renegades suffer another collapse losing all their wickets for the total score of 111.
Danny Briggs and Rashid Khan ignited the collapse and the rest was done by the Strikers’ pacers.
After the 67-run partnership, wickets started to tumble with both the set batsmen got out in the consecutive overs. From the 14th over, wicket fell in each of the over to complete the collapse at the score of 111. Renegades lost nine wickets for just 44 runs.
Peter Siddle and Wes Agar picked up three wickets each while Danny Briggs grabbed two wickets.
Ryan Gibson was the man of the match of the night for his 43 runs and two catches.
Man of the Match: Ryan Gibson
Result: Adelaide Strikers won by 60 runs
Points: Adelaide Strikers 4, Melbourne Renegades 0