The defending champions Adelaide Strikers were able to kickstart the BBL 2018-19 season on a high after winning the inaugural match against Brisbane Heat by five wickets. Strikers captain Colin Ingram won the bat flip and decided to bowl first. Heat opener Brendon McCullum was able to smash the first ball of the season to the square boundary. However, the former New Zealand skipper charged down the wicket on the next ball to give his wicket to Billy Stanlake.
Subsequently, Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn came out with an aggressive approach as he scored his runs at a brisk pace. The right-hander scored 33 runs from 20 balls to give a push to his team’s innings. However, Lynn had to go back in order to push the accelerator after scoring four fours and two big sixes.
Strikers get off the mark.
Furthermore, Joe Burns could not time the pull and was dismissed after scoring 20 runs. Sam Heazlett and Ben Cutting were then dismissed in quick succession to push Heat behind the eighth-ball.
In fact, there was also a controversial decision by the third umpire, Greg Davidson. James Pattinson had made his ground, however, he adjudged out by the umpire. Subsequently, Chris Lynn had a word with the officials and then Strikers decided to call back Pattinson.
Meanwhile, the hosts were given a boost by the last wicket partnership. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and James Peirson added 45 runs to take Heat to 146. Rashid Khan was once again amongst the wickets as the talisman leg-spinner scalped three wickets and gave only 19 runs in his four overs quota.
On the other hand, the visitors were able to get off to a good start after their openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald posted 56 runs for the opening stand. Carey continued with his previous season form as the southpaw batsman scored a fine 70 to take Adelaide Strikers close to the target.
Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat: 146-10, Chris Lynn 33 (20), Rashid Khan: 3-19.
Adelaide Strikers: 147-5, Alex Carey 70 (46), James Pattinson 2-23.
Adelaide Strikers won by five wickets.