Yet another one-sided event takes place in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL 2018/19) Tournament. Adelaide Strikers comfortably knocked down the hosts Melbourne Renegades in the 18th match of the tournament. It was Jack Weatherald’s 71 and the collective bowling effort did the trick for Adelaide Strikers.
Jack Weatherald knocks 71 for Adelaide Strikers:
Well, initially, it was Melbourne Renegades, who won the toss and asked Adelaide Strikers to bat first. Accepting the challenge, Weatherald showed his power-hitting skills to Melbourne. After adding 60 to the first, Alex Carey walked back by handing a catch to Webster.
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He was quickly followed by Colin Ingram, who carried his poor form with the willow. During the course, Jack knocked boundaries more often than not to keep run rate intact. However, the run out of Weatherald saw the wrong side of things for the visitors.
None of the middle-order batsmen contributed runs at a great pace for Adelaide before Rashid Khan whacking some quick runs at the end of the innings. All in all, they garnered 158 runs to put on the scoreboard.
Bowlers did the trick for Adelaide:
In reply, Melbourne never looked like chasing the total. They lost wickets at regular intervals of time to make things look bleak for the team. They lost 6 wickets for 51 runs in the chase, which opened the gates for a big dent in the net-run-rate.
However, Webster Jack Wildermuth batted together to add 40 runs and saved the team from further embarrassment. In the end, it was Cameron Boyce, who entertained the fans with quick cameo but it was never enough.
In the bowling department, Michael Neser, Connor and Stanlake bagged a couple of wickets each while Laughlin, Rashid Khan and Colin Ingram picked up one wicket apiece.
Adelaide Strikers – 158/6 (Jack Weatherald 71, Well 22; Christian 1/7)
Melbourne Renegades – 126/9 (Webster 33, Neser 2/10, Stanlake 2/27)