Tim Ludeman blasted 92* runs off 44 balls as Adelaide Strikers thrashed Melbourne Stars by 8 wickets with 45 balls to spare in the opening match of Big-Bash League season 2014-15.
Chasing a target of 149, Strikers openers Craig Simmons and Tim Ludeman smashed the Melbourne Stars bowlers all around the park as they put on 83 run partnership inside 6 overs before Simmons got out to John Hastings. Simmons scored 30 runs off 15 balls with 2 sixes and 3 fours. Ludeman didn’t stop as he continued the fire-works with Travis Head as they put on 65 runs inside 7 overs. Head scored a quick-fire 22 before becoming Hastings’s second victim of the match. Brad Hodge came in with 1 run needed and he achieved the target the very first ball he faced.
Earlier after winning the toss and electing to bat, Luke Wright and BBL debutant Kevin Pietersen lead Melbourne Stars batting charge as the duo put on 57 runs for the 2nd wicket. When Wright got out for 45, Pietersen was left short of partners as the wickets tumbled on regular basis for Stars. Glenn Maxwell was unfortunate as he was given out caught-behind but the replays showed that the ball flipped on his pads rather than his bat or gloves. David Hussey also lost his wicket early. Pietersen top-scored for them with 66 runs off 46 balls with 4 sixes and 2 fours. Kane Richardson and Ben Laughlin were the pick of the bowlers for Strikers as both picked up 2 wickets.
Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades will lock horns in the second clash of the season on December 19th at SCG.
Brief Scores: Melbourne Stars 148/7 (Kevin Pietersen 66, Richardson 2-20) lost to Adelaide Strikers 149-2 (Ludeman 92*, Hastings 2-31) by 8 wickets
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