South Australia v Victoria, Big Bash, Adelaide January 8, 2011

Klinger leads South Australia to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 3 for 171 (Klinger 76*, Pollard 35*) beat Victoria 116 (White 43, Christian 4-31, Rashid 3-15) by 55 runs

Michael Klinger's half-century led South Australia's surge to 171, and Adil Rashid and Daniel Christian finished Victoria off for 116 at the Adelaide Oval. Cameron White's 43 was the lone saving grace for Victoria as six of their batsmen made single-digit scores.

Despite the early loss of Daniel Harris and Christian, Klinger ensured the momentum remained with his side after they opted to bat, and did no harm to his growing reputation as a Twenty20 player. He brought up his half-century with a six over midwicket off Dwayne Bravo, and repeated the dose two deliveries later.He played shots all around the park, driving, slicing and reverse-sweeping his way to an unbeaten 76 from 53 balls. Klinger got good support from Callum Ferguson (30), and a late flourish from Kieron Pollard enabled South Australia to finish on a high. Pollard arrived in the last four overs, and looted 35 of the 47 runs South Australia managed in that time.

Shaun Tait began the slide for Victoria, bowling Brad Hodge in the fourth over as the batsman missed the attempted drive. Christian got into the act with the next dismissal, catching Matthew Wade off a mishit at mid-on. He came on in the next over, and though he went for 14 runs, caught and bowled David Hussey with the last ball of that over. Aaron O'Brien deceived his namesake Aaron Finch in the air with the arm ball for Graham Manou to complete the rest. Rashid's legbreaks got him two wickets with his first two deliveries of the match as Bravo and Rob Quiney holed out on the boundary. Christian returned to mop up the rest and when he got White caught at deep midwicket, it was all but over for Victoria.