Adelaide Strikers strived hard to register a memorable victory against Melbourne Renegades to confirm the berth in the current BBL finale. The century partnership between Weatherald and Travis Head led the team to a good score of 178 runs for 5 wickets. This pair made 104 runs.
The Renegades were successful to make a good start and made a negotiable score though they were losing wickets consequently. However, the attempt to make three runs by Ben Laughlin and Kein Pollard was futile as Pollard could make only one run at the final delivery and lost the match to Strikers.
Renegades tried their best to make their best start but Cameron White got dismissed at the score of2 runs. Marcus Harris who made two boundaries was dismissed at the score of 15 runs. Tim Ludeman succeeded in scoring four boundaries and two sixes within six consecutive deliveries and seemed to rebuild the innings.
Michael Neser and Marcus Harris were able to lead the scoreboard to 50 runs in five overs before their partnership was broken by the dismissal of Neser. Tim Ludeman and Harris made 64-1 in the first power play and added 50 run partnership to the second wicket.
The six hit by Harris in the seventh over is the greatest shot of his day. Finally, he got dismissed in the bowling of captain Travis Head. Within no time, Ludeman followed Harris to Pavilion.
Dwayne Bravo and Tom Cooper did their best to rebuild the innings. They did their best by adding half-century to the scoreboard in their partnership. At that time their target was 42 of 30 runs. Bravo departed in the bowling of Laughlin in the 16th over followed by Jake Lehmann in the next over.
When 28 runs were required to chase the target, Rashid Khan was brought back and he succeeded in limiting the score to 8 runs in that over. But Laughlin succeeded to stop the batsmen from reaching the target and led to team’s victory.
Earlier, Strikers won the toss and opted to bat. They made 13 runs in the first over and after the dismissal of Dean, their pace got reduced. Head and Weatherald used the powerplay at the best make the scoreboard reach 50 runs in 6 overs.
This pair is successful in making 100 runs for the team in 12 overs. Weatherald scored his ton in the 14th over before he got out in the bowling of Pollard.
Within a short while, Head made his fifty before Joe Minnie got dismissed by Colin Ingram. Jonathan and Lehmann lost their wickets within short while but Head kept on his pace to score 32 runs in last three overs.
Adelaide Strikers:178/5 in 20 overs, Melbourne Renegades 177/4 in 20 overs
Strikers won by 1 run to reach the finale that is scheduled to take place on February 5th.