Jonathan Wells and Peter Siddle helped Strikers to win 7th game of the tournament out of 12 and take closer to playoffs. Strikers beat Stars by 11 Runs – Jona Wells outstanding innings of 55* and Siddle 4/33 dominated Melbourne Stars today. While chasing down the modest total of 163, Stars got to the 151 runs and lost the third game of the tournament. Melbourne Stars batting line struggled throughout their innings against Peter Siddle bowling and lost four main wickets to him.
Adelaide Oval – Peter Handscomb captained the Melbourne Stars today powered the scoreboard with his 65 for 39 balls before falling short. Melbourne Stars already leading the ladder, so the losing a game at this stage surely won’t do anything alike with their ten games out of thirteen. Adelaide Strikers are at the second position of the BBL points table by winning their seven games out of thirteen.
For Adelaide Strikers only Jonathan Wells great batting consisting half-century got the somehow competitive total for Melbourne Stars. A well-calculated innings by the top-order batting line got things under control for Strikers to beat the most successful team of the tournament. A great day for the Stars spin-bowling attack as Strikers batting line struggled throughout the innings.
Jona Wells 55 * and Siddle 4/33
Strikers beat Stars by 11 Runs – Strikers opening batsman, Jake Weatherald struggled against the spin bowlers in the first two overs of the innings. It was something annoying for Strikers batting innings as they got the slower start at the beginning. Josh Philippe decided to charge up against at the batting pitch going against the slower start. In the powerplay after three overs, building two small partnerships Strikers were 44/2 in 6.4 overs.
Peter Handscomb successfully captained in the powerplay launching Adam Zampa in the first half of the game. Recently Adam Zampa had a great time in being a part of Australia tour of India 2020. He bowled well got some wickets and considered fewer runs as a leg spinner. With the very tight bowling spell by Melbourne Stars, especially the usage of pacer and spin bowler, Strikers were 38/1 in the power play.
With the departure of Phil Salt, the skipper Travis Head joint Jack Weatherald in the 7th over when Strikers were 44/2 in 6.4 overs. Travis Head scored only five runs off his seven balls forming the 15 terms 12 runs partnership off 13 balls. Melbourne Stars used Seven bowling option Of which Clint Hinchliffe who got three wickets while Glenn Maxwell bowled well.
Maxwell only conceded 19 runs off his four overs bowling spell and got one wicket by removing Phil Salt. Handscomb used four bowlers in their first half of the innings with Sandeep Lamichhane with Strikers 57/3 in 10 overs. After the deadly slower first half of the innings, Jonathan Wells decided to change batting innings and went aggressive in the XI over.
Stars Early in Trouble
He went for two quick boundaries to Adam Zampa intending to score ten runs in an over get a reasonable total on the board. The four-wicket Strikers put 40 runs off 27 balls between Jonathan Wells and Alex Carey. Adelaide Strikers batting line decided to attack Adam Zampa. He conceded 38 runs in his four-hour balance 12 without any wicked. While chasing down the total of 162, to Melbourne Stars batting line in the powerplay.
He followed the same fashion as Strikers started their innings. Peter Siddle picked up early wickets and put Stars in trouble. In the chase of modest total removing in-form batsman Marcus Stoinis. After the departure of Marcus Stoinis, Melbourne Stars were unable to form a partnership. Except for the Peter Handscomb 65 runs off 39 balls not a single batman went in the twenties.