Adelaide Strikers sealed their semi-finals spot alive after their 23 run victory over Sydney Sixers at the SCG earlier today. Some collective team effort led by skipper Johan Botha earned Adelaide strikers a victory over their rivals.
Chasing a target of 183, Sydney Sixers batsmen failed to convert their start as the Strikers bowlers struck at regular intervals which proved too costly for the batsmen. It was Kane Richardson who started the show for strikers as he sent back Michael Lumb back to the pavilion for 17 followed by his opening partner Nic Maddinson in the next over off Ben Laughlin. Riki Wessels and Henriques did the repair work before Shaun Tait and Adam Zampa combined to dismiss both the batsmen to have the Sixers reeling at 74-4 at the end of 11 overs. Jordon Silk decided to take on the Strikers’ bowling but didn’t get any support from the other end which led to their downfall. Silk looked in fine touch in his 34 ball 67 which included 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Silk was the ninth wicket to fall and by then Adelaide had the match on their hands. Johan Botha, Shaun Tait and Adam Zampa were the pick of the bowlers for Strikers. Earlier choosing to bat, Craig Simmons’s quick-fire 46 at the top of the order backed up by Botha’s 19 ball 41 took the Strikers to a strong position of 182-6 in 20 overs. Steve O’Keefe was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-21 in four overs. Botha was declared as the man of the match.
Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers 182-6 (Craig Simmons 46, Johan Botha 42, Steve O’Keefe 1-21) beat Sydney Sixers 159 (Jordon Silk 67, Johan Botha 1-27) by 23 runs.