Big Bash League

Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers won by 51 runs

Chris Gayle will open the bowling.

7.00 pm It's about to start and the Adelaide Strikers openers are out there with the Thunder fielders. Not too many in the stands.

6.40 pm Both teams are in the bottom half of the points table, but it is still an early stage in the tournament.

The Strikers started their campaign with a win against the Perth Scorchers but lost a thrill-a-ball game to the Brisbane Heat. Their last game was a week ago, so they have had a decent break.

Sydney Thunder have played and lost two and what will worry the management is that they have not even come close to challenging their opposition. The Thunder are currently lying in the bottom-most position in the table, but hey, they have six more games to make a comeback. This will be the first of those six.

6.30 pm Hello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of tonight's Big Bash League game between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder.

The news from the middle is that the Thunder have won the toss and have unsurprisingly, elected to bowl first. Unsurprising because the team batting second have won all the games this season. So far anyway. Suneer Chowdhary here to take you through today's game.

0.1

Gayle to Klinger, 2 runs, fullish on the middle stump and he taps it away to the mid-wicket region, there is no fielder inside the circle and they are able to come back for two

0.2

Gayle to Klinger, 1 run, very similar length but closer to the off stump and driven down to long-on for a single

Klinger hasn't been in too much of a form this season.

0.3

Gayle to Ludeman, 2 runs, straighter on the off stump and he opens the face of the bat, gets it through the slip, half an edge probably and gets a couple

0.4

Gayle to Ludeman, no run, shorter on the off stump, a bit of turn back into the batsman and defended to the leg side

0.5

Gayle to Ludeman, FOUR, quicker and fuller and Ludeman has drilled it through mid-wicket for a four, the first of the innings here

0.6

Gayle to Ludeman, 1 run, shorter this time and he pulls it away to deep square-leg for a single to end the first over

End of over 1 (10 runs) Adelaide Strikers 10/0
TP Ludeman    7* (4b 1x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-10-0
M Klinger    3* (2b)     

Dirk Nannes, in superb form this season to take up the bowling

1.1

Nannes to Ludeman, no run, over the stumps and angling away from the batsman, 137 km/hr, played on the back foot to the off side

1.2

Nannes to Ludeman, no run, wild slog through the leg-side to a bowler who is sending them down at 140 km/hr all season, it was on the middle and short of length and he came down a step and wanted to slap it away to mid-wicket, misses!

1.3

Nannes to Ludeman, no run, quicker and fuller and swings back a tad, misses the bat as he tries to hoick it over the mid-wicket, hits his pads and there is an inevitable loud shout for lbw, pitching outside leg

1.4

Nannes to Ludeman, 1 wide, outside the leg stump and swinging further away from the batsman, down the leg side and for a wide

1.4

Nannes to Ludeman, 2 runs, short of length and on the pads, tucked away between square-leg in the circle and the fine-leg and the batsmen are able to come back for the second

1.5

Nannes to Ludeman, no run, short of length and on middle stump, beats the outside edge of the batsman as he was looking to defend...he was never forward nor back and that did not help

1.6

Nannes to Ludeman, 2 runs, length ball again and at pace, the batsman is on the back foot quickly, opens the face of the bat and plays it through the point region. Before the fielder at fine-leg can come around to field that one, they are through for the second

End of over 2 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 15/0
TP Ludeman    11* (10b 1x4)      DP Nannes    1-0-5-0
M Klinger    3* (2b)      CH Gayle    1-0-10-0

Chris Tremain comes on.

2.1

Tremain to Klinger, no run, fullish on the off stump and Klinger's on the back-foot, tapping it to the leg side

2.2

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, another one that is very full and on the leg stump, he was trying to flick it over the leg side but the swing away takes an outside edge and it flies to third-man for a single...false stroke

2.3

Tremain to Ludeman, 1 run, continues to bowl those fuller ones and the batsman this time swings it away to the leg side, straight to fine-leg for a single

2.4

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, continues to bowl that fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Klinger tries to smack it but goes straight to short mid-wicket, who misfields and they are able to take a single

2.5

Tremain to Ludeman, 1 leg bye, drifts down his pads and misses the flick, hits the pad and rolls away for a single

2.6

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, gets his length shorter now, short enough for the batsman to get back and pull it away which is exactly what he does but does not find the gap and they get only a single. The ball seemed to have come on to the batsman quicker than what he expected

End of over 3 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 20/0
M Klinger    6* (6b)      CP Tremain    1-0-4-0
TP Ludeman    12* (12b 1x4)      DP Nannes    1-0-5-0

3.1

Nannes to Klinger, 2 runs, on his pads and fuller as well, chips it away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs

3.2

Nannes to Klinger, no run, short ball and it hits him! It was a bouncer and Klinger was going for the pull, missed it completely and hits his glove en route his helmet, his head goes back but the batsman shows no discomfort

3.3

Nannes to Klinger, 1 run, taps it to off side and goes for a quick single, the field comes in from point and attempts to throw the stump down, misses and they are away for a run

3.4

Nannes to Ludeman, no run, on his pad and on a good length, hits his pad and rolls over near the batsman itself

3.5

Nannes to Ludeman, 1 leg bye, another one on the leg side, hits the pads yet again, and this time they are away for a single leg-bye to the leg side

3.6

Nannes to Klinger, 1 run, very full on the off stump, dug out well to the point fielder and rushes off for a single, the non-striker is quick to respond and while the point fielder gets in quickly and throws down the stump direct as well, the batsman is well home. Third umpire was needed there

End of over 4 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 25/0
M Klinger    10* (10b)      DP Nannes    2-0-9-0
TP Ludeman    12* (14b 1x4)      CP Tremain    1-0-4-0

4.1

Coyte to Klinger, 2 runs, short of length and he pulls it away, gets bit of an inside edge to fine-leg and they are able to come back for the second

4.2

Coyte to Klinger, 1 run, continues to bowl it short and he swivels around to pull it to deep square-leg for a single

4.3

Coyte to Ludeman, 2 runs, he shimmies a couple of steps down and wants to flick it away to the leg side, only gets an outside edge and it goes high in the air but in no-man's land on the off side, lucky to escape!

4.4

Coyte to Ludeman, SIX, and that is the first one of the day, this time he succeeds in hitting it out of the playing area for a six, very similar to the previous ball but fuller and flicks it well, power shot that

4.5

Coyte to Ludeman, 1 run, taps it to the off and is quickly away for a single

4.6

Coyte to Klinger, no run, fuller on the middle stump and he wants to flick it yet again, but misses it and it rolls over to point

End of over 5 (12 runs) Adelaide Strikers 37/0
M Klinger    13* (13b)      SJ Coyte    1-0-12-0
TP Ludeman    21* (17b 1x4 1x6)      DP Nannes    2-0-9-0

5.1

Tremain to Ludeman, (no ball) 2 runs, aah, oversteps there and on the middle, the batsman plays a bit of an ugly swipe across the line and gets a couple of runs, which also allows him to play the Free-Hit

5.1

Tremain to Ludeman, FOUR, wow, it is a lap shot to one that is a full-toss, he was anticipating a fullish ball and moves to the off stump and taps it over fine-leg for a four!

5.2

Tremain to Ludeman, 1 run, it is angling into the batsman and he gives himself room, walks to the leg side and wants to play it inside-out, only he gets an outside edge that falls very close to the third-man fielder, not on full though

5.3

Tremain to Klinger, no run, middle stump and on length and he defends it to the off side

5.4

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, this time he bowls from wide off the crease and he hits it with the angle to mid-wicket, does not get any timing on it though and has to hurry across for a single

5.5

Tremain to Ludeman, no run, fullish on the off stump and tapped back to the bowler

5.6

Tremain to Ludeman, no run, swipe and miss, that was as ugly a slog as they come and this time he has missed it, beats the outside edge and it goes through to the keeper

End of over 6 (9 runs) Adelaide Strikers 46/0
TP Ludeman    28* (22b 2x4 1x6)      CP Tremain    2-0-13-0
M Klinger    14* (15b)      SJ Coyte    1-0-12-0

Azhar Mahmood comes on now.

6.1

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, 1 run, on a good length and middle stump line, is able to chip it away to the leg side for a single

6.2

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, no run, slower ball, not seen too many of them today, outside the off stump and misses the outside edge, beaten by the lack of pace probably

6.3

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, 1 run, not too quick either, short of length and he wants to give it his all before realising that the ball was not coming on to the bat and quickly readjusts, taps it to the leg side for a single

6.4

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, 1 wide, slower bouncer, he was coming down the track and has to let it go, well bowled but called wide

6.4

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, 1 run, fullish on the middle and driven to the right of the bowler for a single to long-on

6.5

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, 1 run, full-toss and it is punched to long-on for a single, already one of the better overs this

6.6

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, no run, slower ball yet again and on his pads but the batsman isn't able to get it away anywhere but the mid-wicket within the circle and that's a dot to finish

This has been an excellent start from the Strikers despite that economical last over from Azhar Mahmood. Can they kick on?

End of over 7 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 51/0
M Klinger    16* (18b)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-5-0
TP Ludeman    30* (25b 2x4 1x6)      CP Tremain    2-0-13-0

Adam Zampa for his first ball in the BBL.

7.1

Zampa to Ludeman, no run, he attempts a leg-spinner and that skids through very quickly, cut attempted and gets a huge and does not stick in the keepers gloves!

7.2

Zampa to Ludeman, 1 run, bit of turn away from the bat and he is able to crack it through the off side for a single

7.3

Zampa to Klinger, no run, more turn! wow! that is good line too and misses the outside edge of the bat

7.4

Zampa to Klinger, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, driven to long-on for a single

7.5

Zampa to Ludeman, 1 run, this time he comes down the track, and hits it to long-on for a single, not off the middle of the bat

7.6

Zampa to Klinger, no run, fullish on the middle, tries going down the track and can only hit it to short cover

End of over 8 (3 runs) Adelaide Strikers 54/0
M Klinger    17* (21b)      A Zampa    1-0-3-0
TP Ludeman    32* (28b 2x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-5-0

8.1

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, 1 run, on the middle stump, fuller and not too quick again, the batsman was coming down to hit it but gets the outside edge

8.2

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, 2 runs, the batsmen are not getting the timing right here, he wants to go down the track yet again but gets only the outside edge of the bat and it rolls over to third-man

8.3

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, 1 run, slight change in the line, more on the middle stump and fullish too, driven to wide long-on for a single

Kapil: "These 2 especially Klinger should get going now.. They were 44/0 after 5.1.. Only 10 scored off next 17 balls.. Where are the bashes?"

8.4

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, FOUR, another lap shot from Ludeman, almost goes for a six! The good thing about the shot was that there was no pace from the bowler, everything was created by the batsman

8.5

Azhar Mahmood to Ludeman, 1 run, very slow this and he was giving himself room to smash it but the ball never came on to the bat there

8.6

Azhar Mahmood to Klinger, FOUR, another slower one, never came on to the bat but he is better prepared to face it this time, sweeps the ball and beats the diving keeper and an equally diving short fine-leg fielder

End of over 9 (13 runs) Adelaide Strikers 67/0
M Klinger    24* (24b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-18-0
TP Ludeman    38* (31b 3x4 1x6)      A Zampa    1-0-3-0

9.1

Zampa to Ludeman, 1 run, down the ground and driven to long-on for a single

9.2

Zampa to Klinger, 1 run, comes down the ground and takes it on the full, does not hit it too well and rolls over to the sweeper fielder

9.3

Zampa to Ludeman, SIX, finally something off the middle of the bat against the slower bowling, it was a slog shot over mid-wicket, bit of his favourite and it has gone all the way

9.4

Zampa to Ludeman, no run, quicker on the middle stump, rushes through to the batsman and misses the cut

9.5

Zampa to Ludeman, no run, cuts it hard, it is shorter too but straight to point

9.6

Zampa to Ludeman, no run, quicker and it turns away from the batsman, cuts it away but again it goes to the point fielder

End of over 10 (8 runs) Adelaide Strikers 75/0
TP Ludeman    45* (36b 3x4 2x6)      A Zampa    2-0-11-0
M Klinger    25* (25b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-18-0

10.1

Coyte to Klinger, 2 runs

10.2

Coyte to Klinger, 1 run

10.3

Coyte to Ludeman, 1 run

10.4

Coyte to Klinger, no run

10.5

Coyte to Klinger, 1 run, this time he does try to smack it away through the covers...does not stop it from taking the outside edge again and rushing to the third-man fielder

10.6

Coyte to Ludeman, no run, bouncer but not too quick, the batsman was going for the pull but gets nothing on it and the keeper collects

End of over 11 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 80/0
TP Ludeman    46* (38b 3x4 2x6)      SJ Coyte    2-0-17-0
M Klinger    29* (29b 1x4)      A Zampa    2-0-11-0

11.1

Zampa to Klinger, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven down the ground for a single

11.2

Zampa to Ludeman, OUT, gone this time, Zampa has his first BBL wicket here, it was quicker on the middle and turning away, the batsman went down the track and wants to play his favourite slog over mid-wicket, misses it and is easily stumped

TP Ludeman st †Carters b Zampa 46 (39b 3x4 2x6) SR: 117.94

Zaeb sent this just before the breakthrough came: "Thunders are missing the trick by not giving Gayle another over, he may well earn a breakthrough."

11.3

Zampa to Reardon, 1 run, shorter for the left-hander and swept away to the fine-leg for a single

11.4

Zampa to Klinger, 1 run, fuller and keeps it within the stumps, slight turn away and he is only able to drive it to the mid-wicket for a single

11.5

Zampa to Reardon, no run, quicker, skids it quickly to the batsman and he comes out but can only defend it to the off, that was the wrong 'un

11.6

Zampa to Reardon, 1 run, shorter this time, it is the whole bag of tricks, and he can only pull it to deep square-leg for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) Adelaide Strikers 84/1
NJ Reardon    2* (3b)      A Zampa    3-0-15-1
M Klinger    31* (31b 1x4)      SJ Coyte    2-0-17-0

Sean Abbott comes on now.

Dan: "They need to hit now. Will ruin the great start if they don't." It is getting difficult to play against the slower bowlers. And slower balls.

12.1

Abbott to Reardon, no run, middle stump and bit of deviation on to his pads, tapped away to mid-wicket

12.2

Abbott to Reardon, no run, slower and on the off stump, drives it but to the point fielder and that is the second dot in a row

12.3

Abbott to Reardon, 3 runs, driven down the ground, in air too and it goes to long-off this time

12.4

Abbott to Klinger, 1 run

12.5

Abbott to Reardon, no run, outside the off stump and tries to cut it away, misses it

12.6

Abbott to Reardon, 2 runs, fullish on the off stump and that is drilled through point, not fielded within the circle and they are able to take a single to the deep point fielder

End of over 13 (6 runs) Adelaide Strikers 90/1
NJ Reardon    7* (8b)      SA Abbott    1-0-6-0
M Klinger    32* (32b 1x4)      A Zampa    3-0-15-1

Gayle comes on now

13.1

Gayle to Klinger, 2 runs, outside the off, very slow and the batsman comes down the track to cut it away, not off the middle

13.2

Gayle to Klinger, no run, slower yet again and lot of bounce for Gayle, beats the outside edge of the batsman

13.3

Gayle to Klinger, FOUR, reverse-slogged for a four! The lack of pace seemed to have done in him but he waited for it to arrive and sent it over what was short point

13.4

Gayle to Klinger, 1 run, and again, reverse sweep attempted but look ungainly, gets it on the full and almost scoops it to the original short cover fielder...he had to run to his left to get it but just falls short

13.5

Gayle to Reardon, 1 run, comes down the track and cuts it to deep cover for a single

13.6

Gayle to Klinger, 2 runs, almost a catch there! he went to smack it over long-on but there was no timing there, and goes up to the wide long-on region where the fielder almost gets, gets both his hands does Borgas but drops it...he was diving too

End of over 14 (10 runs) Adelaide Strikers 100/1
M Klinger    41* (37b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-20-0
NJ Reardon    8* (9b)      SA Abbott    1-0-6-0

14.1

Coyte to Reardon, no run, slightly outside the off and he was trying to ramp it over fine-leg, misses, goes through to the keeper

14.2

Coyte to Reardon, SIX, very short, very slow but this time the batsman waits, and he waits more and then he deposits it over mid-wicket for a six! attempted an off-spinner but was too short

14.3

Coyte to Reardon, 1 run, fullish on the off stump and quicker too, gets an inside edge that rolls over to the leg side for a single

14.4

Coyte to Klinger, 1 run, fullish on the leg stump and flicked away to the mid-wicket region for a single

14.5

Coyte to Reardon, SIX, wider outside the off and he gets room to swing his arm, for a moment it looked like he had chopped it instead of middling but it goes over long-on for a six...dropped by someone in the crowd too!

14.6

Coyte to Reardon, 1 run, shorter that one and the pull shot does not get much timing and goes straight to the fielder for a single

End of over 15 (15 runs) Adelaide Strikers 115/1
NJ Reardon    22* (14b 2x6)      SJ Coyte    3-0-32-0
M Klinger    42* (38b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-20-0

Certainly does not look to be a flat, batting track. Pollard may prove me wrong alright but for that he needs to come on to bat.

15.1

Zampa to Reardon, SIX, another one in his slot and Reardon has spanked it over the long-off region for a six!

15.2

Zampa to Reardon, SIX, goes down the track and powers it over long-on this time, for another six! The pitching is changing nature...or it is just better batting!

15.3

Zampa to Reardon, 1 run, fullish on the middle and driven down the ground for a single

15.4

Zampa to Klinger, FOUR, fuller on the middle and it is very quick, the batsman is easily able to smash it through the wide long-off region for a four...drilled away!

15.5

Zampa to Klinger, FOUR, cut away for another four to bring up his half-century! That was shorter, fearful of all the hitting that happened before that ball and the batsman adjusts it easily to smack it away

15.6

Zampa to Klinger, 2 runs, short and wide and is lucky to get away without conceding a boundary, the batsmen run well though and are able to come back for the second

End of over 16 (23 runs) Adelaide Strikers 138/1
M Klinger    52* (41b 4x4)      A Zampa    4-0-38-1
NJ Reardon    35* (17b 4x6)      SJ Coyte    3-0-32-0

Zampa gave away 13 in his first 3 overs. 23 in the next. Does it please you Dave? He had this to say two overs ago: "Apart from Nannes, every Thunder bowler is bowling as slow as humanly possible on what seems to be a very slow pitch. Add all the slogs and edges and this does not make good cricket!"

16.1

Tremain to Reardon, SIX, dropped and goes for a six! it was slower and slogged across the line, wasn't hit well and was going straight to Zampa, who back-pedalled got both his hands to it and drops it, parries it over the boundary too!

16.2

Tremain to Reardon, 1 run, another one that is shorter but climbs up quicker too and the pulls goes to long-on for a single

16.3

Tremain to Klinger, 2 runs, outside the off stump, slower and the slog goes down to wide long-on for a couple of runs.

16.4

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, yorker length outside the off and he is only able to dig it out to the covers, still a single is a good result

16.5

Tremain to Reardon, OUT, shot and what a ripper of a catch! team-work at its best, it seemed like going all the way but the fielder at long-on pedals backward and gets both his hands on it, the momentum is taking him outside, so he throws it back and the fielder from long-off takes it with ease!

NJ Reardon c Coyte b Tremain 42 (20b 0x4 5x6) SR: 210.00

16.6

Tremain to Klinger, 1 run, on the off stump and angling in, wants to slog it away but an inside edge takes it to square-leg for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Adelaide Strikers 149/2
M Klinger    56* (44b 4x4)      CP Tremain    3-0-24-1
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      A Zampa    4-0-38-1

gav does not agree with Dave: "It's probably not good cricket for Dave because he is from either Sydney or Melbourne and cricket teams from outside these 2 areas are not allowed to do well. This has been fantastic batting."

But Dave is happier now: "It's an improvement. Looks like it may be another long season for the Thunder if Gayle doesn't come off..."

17.1

Nannes to Klinger, FOUR, short of length and Klinger pulls it away between fine-leg and deep square-leg for a four, not timed too well I would say

17.2

Nannes to Klinger, OUT, fullish and straight, the only place he can swing it over the top of the bowler but the fielder runs backward and takes a good catch, end of a good innings

M Klinger c Borgas b Nannes 60 (46b 5x4 0x6) SR: 130.43

Kapil: "Can't understand Rogers captaincy.. Why doesn't Azhar Mahmood, who is a proven and experienced bowler given a go at a good partnership"

Klinger had come into the game with some poor form and for most part of this knock, he looked like they weren't coming off the middle of his blade. Still, he has managed to score 60 and help the side get to where they have now.

17.3

Nannes to Pollard, 1 run, short of length and Pollard is able to go back and tap it to the off side

How many more can they get? Pollards presence could help.

17.4

Nannes to Doropoulos, no run, short of length and outside the off, the pace beats the batsman, misses the outside edge of the bat through to the keeper

17.5

Nannes to Doropoulos, no run, bouncer there from Nannes, he was going away to the leg side but has to sway further away and lets it go through, no wide there

17.6

Nannes to Doropoulos, OUT, short of length and hit straight to long-on! second wicket of the over this, Borgas takes a good low catch at long-on as Theo tries to back away and hit it over the top, it is too quick for him and goes to the fielder

TP Doropoulos c Borgas b Nannes 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 18 (5 runs) Adelaide Strikers 154/4
     DP Nannes    3-0-14-2
KA Pollard    1* (1b)      CP Tremain    3-0-24-1

3/16 in the last 2 overs. Tremain comes back now.

bhaskar: "which premier league is best in all premier leagues of cricket?" You tell me mate.

18.1

Tremain to Botha, 1 run, short of length and drifting on his pads, gets some bat and pad on it and taps it away to the leg side for a single

18.2

Tremain to Pollard, 1 run, very short and a bit wide, the ball seemed not to come on as Pollard tries to pull it away, gets it to mid-wicket only and rushes off for a single

18.3

Tremain to Botha, 3 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump, neatly tucked away to deep square-leg and by the time the fielder from fine-leg plays a bit of football with it, they are back for the third

18.4

Tremain to Pollard, FOUR, shot, that is a Pollard special! lot of power in that pull shot that came off a short of length ball, the bottom hand took over there and beats the left of the deep square-leg fielder

18.5

Tremain to Pollard, FOUR, full and outside the off, Pollard throws his bat at it and cracks it through wide long-off for a four!

18.6

Tremain to Pollard, SIX, the first two balls were decent balls hit away for a boundary but this was a poor delivery and it gets its treatment, full-toss and on his pads, Pollard was waiting for it or at least he made it look like that, flicks it away over deep square-leg and it goes all the way!

End of over 19 (19 runs) Adelaide Strikers 173/4
KA Pollard    16* (5b 2x4 1x6)      CP Tremain    4-0-43-1
J Botha    4* (2b)      DP Nannes    3-0-14-2

19.1

Nannes to Botha, 1 run, short of length and he is on the back foot, taps it to the off side

bhaskar: "i think twenty -20 is waste and test format is best to get players strenght" Cannot say I disagree, but that was not your question!

19.2

Nannes to Pollard, 1 bye, swing and miss, he was looking to send it to Adelaide but instead it goes to the keeper, Botha is alive to the situation and they come back for a bye

19.3

Nannes to Botha, 1 run, on the leg stump and flicked away to fine-leg for a single

19.4

Nannes to Pollard, OUT, length ball and outside the off, he goes to slam it over the straight field but mistimes it and it goes high in the air, Gayle from the covers rushes in and takes a simple catch

KA Pollard c Gayle b Nannes 16 (7b 2x4 1x6) SR: 228.57

Dave: "Why didn't the Strikers send Pollard in at 3?? Still a good total though." Pollard does not like to bat that high in either of the shorter formats of the game.

19.5

Nannes to Botha, 1 run, fullish and driven down the ground for a single

19.6

Nannes to Ferguson, OUT, outside the off stump, he was going away to give himself room and can only tap it to Gayle at short cover, it went quickly but well caught

CJ Ferguson c Gayle b Nannes 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Match State: Innings Break

In the end, the Strikers made full use of their solid foundation and scored 177/6 in the 20 overs. They will still be wary given how they lost their last game after getting to 185. And given that there is that batsman called Chris Gayle in the opposition. Back in 10 with the chase.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Adelaide Strikers 177/6
     DP Nannes    4-0-17-4
J Botha    7* (5b)      CP Tremain    4-0-43-1
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Photos

Dec 20, 2012

Johan Botha loses the ball in his attempt to run out Chris Gayle, Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, Big Bash League, December 20, 2012

Johan Botha loses the ball in his attempt to run out Chris Gayle

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Dec 20, 2012

Chris Rogers tumbles onto the ground after missing a catch, Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers, Big Bash League, December 20, 2012

Chris Rogers tumbles onto the ground after missing a catch

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