Twenty20 Big Bash

Victoria v South Australia

South Australia won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Big Bash match between Victoria and SA at the MCG. Victoria have won the toss and elected to bat in a match which is purely for pride as they're already out of the competition. A win for the Redbacks on the other hand can assure them of top spot and hosting the final. The Redbacks go into the match unchanged and in fine form, while the Victorians have made just the one change, bringing Jon Holland in for Peter Siddle.
My name is Andrew Fuss and I'll be taking you through all the action. Not too far away from a start, please stay with us.

0.1

Rashid to Finch, no run, darted in outside off, guided to short third man

0.2

Rashid to Finch, no run, flat and quick, pushed to mid wicket

0.3

Rashid to Finch, 1 run, leg spinner this time, punched to long on

0.4

Rashid to Carters, no run, full and flighted, big spinner beats the outside edge, well bowled

0.5

Rashid to Carters, 1 run, quicker off spinner, pushed to short mid wicket where the bowler fields

0.6

Rashid to Finch, no run, well flighted on middle, turning away and Finch defends on the front foot

End of over 1 (2 runs) Victoria 2/0
AJ Finch    1* (4b)      AU Rashid    1-0-2-0
RGL Carters    1* (2b)     

1.1

Richardson to Carters, 1 run, short outside off, guided to third man off the back foot

1.2

Richardson to Finch, no run, width outside off, mistimes the cut to point

1.3

Richardson to Finch, FOUR, full and wide outside off, driven powerfully through backward point

1.4

Richardson to Finch, 1 run, length outside off, guided to third man

1.5

Richardson to Carters, no run, fullish outside off, beats the driving outside edge

1.6

Richardson to Carters, 1 run, full outside off, driven to third man

End of over 2 (7 runs) Victoria 9/0
RGL Carters    3* (5b)      KW Richardson    1-0-7-0
AJ Finch    6* (7b 1x4)     

2.1

Rashid to Carters, no run, sliding through on leg, defended to the bowler

2.2

Rashid to Carters, no run, fuller and quicker, driven back to the bowler

2.3

Rashid to Carters, no run, flighted outside off, driven firmly to cover

The pressure builds with another dot.

2.4

Rashid to Carters, no run, full and quick, beats the outside edge

2.5

Rashid to Carters, 1 run, flighted and chipped to long on

2.6

Rashid to Finch, FOUR, full outside off, backs away and slashes it over point, good cricket taking on Rashid who had so far been on top

End of over 3 (5 runs) Victoria 14/0
AJ Finch    10* (8b 2x4)      AU Rashid    2-0-7-0
RGL Carters    4* (10b)     

3.1

Richardson to Carters, no run, full outside off, beats the edge again

Carters feeling the pressure here with every dot ball. Wants to get a move on while the field is up

3.2

Richardson to Carters, no run, full outside off, nips back and beats the bat and very nearly hits off

3.3

Richardson to Carters, 1 run, length outside off, mistimes the cross bat shot to mid on

3.4

Richardson to Finch, 1 leg bye, full and swings in hard and late, big shout for LBW but certainly going down LBW, they take a run out to point

3.5

Richardson to Carters, OUT, full and it swings in, straight through the drive and it takes middle and leg, well bowled

RGL Carters b Richardson 5 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

3.6

Richardson to Hodge, no run, full and pushed to cover point

Think the Redbacks would have preferred to keep Carters out there, was eating up the balls and didn't look like getting a move on.

End of over 4 (2 runs) Victoria 16/1
BJ Hodge    0* (1b)      KW Richardson    2-0-8-1
AJ Finch    10* (9b 2x4)     

4.1

Lyon to Finch, 1 run, full and driven to long on

4.2

Lyon to Hodge, no run, full and flighted, driven to mid off

4.3

Lyon to Hodge, no run, flight and drift, driven to mid off

4.4

Lyon to Hodge, no run, bit slower outside off, tries to guide to third man but can't connect

4.5

Lyon to Hodge, FOUR, advances down the wicket and goes over the top, despite not quite getting to the pitch of it

That brings up 1000 runs for Brad Hodge in his Big Bash career.

4.6

Lyon to Hodge, 1 run, darted in and driven to long on

End of over 5 (6 runs) Victoria 22/1
BJ Hodge    5* (6b 1x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-6-0
AJ Finch    11* (10b 2x4)     

5.1

O'Brien to Finch, FOUR

5.2

O'Brien to Finch, no run

5.3

O'Brien to Finch, 1 run

5.4

O'Brien to Hodge, no run

5.5

O'Brien to Hodge, 1 run

5.6

O'Brien to Finch, SIX, smashed over deep mid wicket

End of over 6 (12 runs) Victoria 34/1
AJ Finch    22* (14b 3x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    1-0-12-0
BJ Hodge    6* (8b 1x4)     

6.1

Lyon to Hodge, 1 run

6.2

Lyon to Finch, 1 run

6.3

Lyon to Hodge, 1 run

6.4

Lyon to Finch, 2 runs

6.5

Lyon to Finch, 1 run

6.6

Lyon to Hodge, 1 run

End of over 7 (7 runs) Victoria 41/1
BJ Hodge    9* (11b 1x4)      NM Lyon    2-0-13-0
AJ Finch    26* (17b 3x4 1x6)     

7.1

Christian to Hodge, no run

7.2

Christian to Hodge, 1 run

7.3

Christian to Finch, 1 run, flicked through square leg

7.4

Christian to Hodge, 1 run, driven to mid off, almost run out at the bowler's end

7.5

Christian to Finch, no run, defended from the crease

7.6

Christian to Finch, 1 run, driven to mid wicket

End of over 8 (4 runs) Victoria 45/1
AJ Finch    28* (20b 3x4 1x6)      DT Christian    1-0-4-0
BJ Hodge    11* (14b 1x4)     

8.1

O'Brien to Finch, 1 leg bye, full on leg, worked to square leg

8.2

O'Brien to Hodge, SIX, advances down the wicket and goes hard straight back down the ground, straight over the bowler's head

8.3

O'Brien to Hodge, 1 run, worked to long on

8.4

O'Brien to Finch, 1 run, driven to long on

8.5

O'Brien to Hodge, 1 run, full and pushed to mid wicket

8.6

O'Brien to Finch, 1 run, droppped! Backs away and gets a big top edge to mid on, Borgas runs under the flight and has to jump back to catch and can't hold on, poor fielding

End of over 9 (11 runs) Victoria 56/1
AJ Finch    30* (23b 3x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    2-0-22-0
BJ Hodge    19* (17b 1x4 1x6)     

9.1

Christian to Finch, 1 run, worked to point

9.2

Christian to Hodge, 1 run, flicked to fine leg

9.3

Christian to Finch, 2 runs, full inswinger, flicked to fine leg

9.4

Christian to Finch, OUT, full on leg, swings hard to long on, Ferguson charges in and takes a brilliant catch low down to his right, not an easy skill that!

AJ Finch c Ferguson b Christian 34 (26b 3x4 1x6) SR: 130.76

9.5

Christian to McDonald, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg

9.6

Christian to Hodge, 1 wide, strays down leg

9.6

Christian to Hodge, 1 run, length outside off, soft hands to point

End of over 10 (7 runs) Victoria 63/2
BJ Hodge    21* (19b 1x4 1x6)      DT Christian    2-0-11-1
AB McDonald    1* (1b)     

10.1

O'Brien to Hodge, no run, defended to point

10.2

O'Brien to Hodge, no run, drives to cover

10.3

O'Brien to Hodge, 1 run, rocks back and pushes to long on

10.4

O'Brien to McDonald, no run, pushed to mid on

Good attacking cricket from the Redbacks, mid on up for the new batsman

10.5

O'Brien to McDonald, no run, pushed to mid on

10.6

O'Brien to McDonald, 1 run, pushed to mid wicket

End of over 11 (2 runs) Victoria 65/2
AB McDonald    2* (4b)      AW O'Brien    3-0-24-0
BJ Hodge    22* (22b 1x4 1x6)     

11.1

Rashid to McDonald, 1 run, pushed to long on

11.2

Rashid to Hodge, OUT, full and flighted, draws him into the big drive and the turn just catches the top edge, skying it to long on where Ferguson takes another catch, this time a much easier one

BJ Hodge c Ferguson b Rashid 22 (23b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.65

11.3

Rashid to Wade, 1 run, worked to square leg

11.4

Rashid to McDonald, no run, slower and it skids through, tries to cut and gets beaten

11.5

Rashid to McDonald, 1 run, wrongun banged in short, doesn't pick it but has time to adjust, pushing to long on

11.6

Rashid to Wade, 1 run, much slower, just 71.7kph, turned to square leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) Victoria 69/3
MS Wade    2* (2b)      AU Rashid    3-0-11-1
AB McDonald    4* (7b)     

12.1

Lyon to Wade, no run, pushed to mid on

12.2

Lyon to Wade, no run, flighted outside off, inside edge to mid wicket

12.3

Lyon to Wade, 1 run, flighted on off, pushed to point

12.4

Lyon to McDonald, no run, steps back and works to mid wicket from outside off

12.5

Lyon to McDonald, FOUR, uses his feet and drives it just wide of mid off

12.6

Lyon to McDonald, no run, mistimes the cut straight into the ground

End of over 13 (5 runs) Victoria 74/3
AB McDonald    8* (10b 1x4)      NM Lyon    3-0-18-0
MS Wade    3* (5b)     

13.1

Rashid to Wade, 1 run, sweeps to fine leg from outside off

13.2

Rashid to McDonald, 1 run, flighted, advances down the track and drives to long off

13.3

Rashid to Wade, 1 wide, full and quicker, but down leg

13.3

Rashid to Wade, 1 run, worked to square leg

13.4

Rashid to McDonald, SIX, full and flighted, clears the front foot out and goes high straight down the ground with a great drive

13.5

Rashid to McDonald, no run, full and slides on, big shout for LBW, must have got an inside edge because that was plumb otherwise

13.6

Rashid to McDonald, 1 run, full and driven to long on, Ferguson drives to field and flicks up to the long off as he's rolling over, brilliant stuff

End of over 14 (11 runs) Victoria 85/3
AB McDonald    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      AU Rashid    4-0-22-1
MS Wade    5* (7b)     

14.1

Lyon to McDonald, no run, worked to mid wicket

14.2

Lyon to McDonald, no run, defended to square leg

14.3

Lyon to McDonald, no run, flighted outside off, works to square leg

14.4

Lyon to McDonald, 1 run, rocks back and cuts to deep point

14.5

Lyon to Wade, 1 run, guides to short third man

14.6

Lyon to McDonald, SIX, full outside off, swings with the spin hard and high over straight mid wicket, a brutal hit

End of over 15 (8 runs) Victoria 93/3
AB McDonald    23* (19b 1x4 2x6)      NM Lyon    4-0-26-0
MS Wade    6* (8b)     

15.1

O'Brien to Wade, 1 run, full outside off, winds up for the big slog sweep but just manages an inside edge to short fine leg

15.2

O'Brien to McDonald, 1 run, punched to long on

15.3

O'Brien to Wade, no run, quick and full, swept straight to short fine leg

15.4

O'Brien to Wade, 1 run, backs away and cuts through cover

15.5

O'Brien to McDonald, 1 run, advances down the wicket and pushes to long on

15.6

O'Brien to Wade, 1 run, slogs across the line to long on

End of over 16 (5 runs) Victoria 98/3
MS Wade    9* (12b)      AW O'Brien    4-0-30-0
AB McDonald    25* (21b 1x4 2x6)     

16.1

Richardson to Wade, no run, length on middle, defended back to the bowler

16.2

Richardson to Wade, 1 run, full and driven to long on, Borgas misfields but recovers and throws the stumps down at the bowler's end

16.3

Richardson to McDonald, 1 run, slower ball worked to deep mid wicket

16.4

Richardson to Wade, no run, yorker outside off, beats the driving edge

16.5

Richardson to Wade, 1 run, length on middle, cramped for room, mistimes the pull shot to long on

16.6

Richardson to McDonald, no run, full outside off, catches the edge along the ground but Manou does brilliantly to stop

End of over 17 (3 runs) Victoria 101/3
AB McDonald    26* (23b 1x4 2x6)      KW Richardson    3-0-11-1
MS Wade    11* (16b)     

17.1

Christian to Wade, SIX, outside off and an in the slot, swings hard and high over long off, a very difficult shot to play given he wasn't at the pitch of it

17.2

Christian to Wade, SIX, short on leg, crunched over mid wicket, great power!

This was always the danger for the Redbacks, leaving Christian to bowl out the final two overs.

17.3

Christian to Wade, 1 run, full on leg, pulled to mid wicket

17.4

Christian to McDonald, OUT, length on leg, right in the slot, swings hard but doesn't quite get it all and puts it straight down long on's throat

AB McDonald c Ferguson b Christian 26 (24b 1x4 2x6) SR: 108.33

17.5

Christian to Wade, no run, full outside off, leaves it alone as he's sure it's going to be called wide, but nothing from the umpire, surely was a wide!

17.6

Christian to Wade, 1 run, full outside off again, big outside edge doewn to third man

End of over 18 (14 runs) Victoria 115/4
MS Wade    25* (21b 2x6)      DT Christian    3-0-25-2
EP Gulbis    0* (0b)     

18.1

Richardson to Wade, no run, yorker driven straight back to the bowler

18.2

Richardson to Wade, FOUR, good yorker on middle, gets across and completes a brilliant ramp sweep over the keeper's head, not much the bowler can do about that!

18.3

Richardson to Wade, 1 run, slower ball back of a length, pulled to deep mid wicket

18.4

Richardson to Gulbis, 1 run, good yorker, inside edge onto the pads, they scamper through for a cheeky single

18.5

Richardson to Wade, SIX, slower ball just back of a length, backs away and mistimes the pull shot to long on, but the sheer power gets enough of it to get over the rope

18.6

Richardson to Wade, 1 run, good yorker dug out to long on

Well bowled from young Kane Richardson. Copped a bit in his final over but bowled very, very well for the most part, varying his lengths and speeds well.

End of over 19 (13 runs) Victoria 128/4
MS Wade    37* (26b 1x4 3x6)      KW Richardson    4-0-24-1
EP Gulbis    1* (1b)     

19.1

Christian to Wade, FOUR, yorker length outside off, well bowled but Wade is just too good, stepping way across to play another ramp sweep over the keeper's head

That last bowl may have been called wide outside off had he stood still, that's how far across he got for the lap sweep.

19.2

Christian to Wade, no run, the same delivery again, Wade fakes the ramp sweep gets back into position and misses on the drive, the bowler held his nerve well there

19.3

Christian to Wade, SIX, full and in the slot outside off, steps across and goes large over long on, just beating Klinger on the rope, great hit!

19.4

Christian to Wade, 1 run, yorker outside off, driven through point

19.5

Christian to Gulbis, 1 run, full and driven firmly to long on

19.6

Christian to Wade, FOUR, full outside off, steps across and whacks it across the line through mid wicket, great placement to bring up his 50

A very good rear-guard action from the Victorians, lifting themselves to something respectable with some heavy-hitting from Matthew Wade. Spin was what worked for the Redbacks, so it will be interesting to see how Holland and co bowl when the run chase begins at about 8.30pm local time .
Match State: Innings Break

End of over 20 (16 runs) Victoria 144/4
MS Wade    52* (31b 3x4 4x6)      DT Christian    4-0-41-2
EP Gulbis    2* (2b)     
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