Strikers v Sixers, BBL 2013-14, Adelaide January 5, 2014

Lumb fifty steers Sixers home

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Sydney Sixers 4 for 150 (Lumb 54) beat Adelaide Strikers 7 for 149 (Shakib 46, Reardon 43, Hazlewood 3-16) by six wickets
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A valuable half-century by Michael Lumb and some late hitting from Marcus North helped the Sydney Sixers ascend to second on the BBL table at the expense of the Adelaide Strikers. A lacklustre batting display and some missed opportunities in the field cost the Strikers badly as the Sixers were able to chase down 150 with six wickets in hand and five balls to spare.

The scorecard suggests a well-controlled chase but there were a number of wobbly moments. Shaun Tait bowled a fearsome over early on when he rearranged Lumb's grille with a searing bouncer first ball. The fourth ball of the over found Nic Maddinson in no position to execute a pull shot and skied a catch to square leg.

Moises Henriques lofted Tait back over his head in his second over to get the chase moving but was fortunate to survive the next ball. He skied a top edge towards third man and Michael Klinger ran back from slip but failed to grasp the chance. Henriques found the boundary twice more in the over to further dampen the mood.

Lumb, with a brand new helmet, followed suit flicking Michael Neser over deep backward square for six. But he too survived a chance with Neser unable to hang onto a sharp return catch.

A passing shower caused an interruption so brief the players had hardly reached the rope before they were called back. Shakib Al Hasan, on his BBL debut, used the moisture on the pitch to skid one through and trap Henriques in front with his side still 95 runs adrift. But the rain did not aid the leg spin of Adam Zampa. Lumb clubbed him into the stands three times to ease any tension for the Sixers.

Lumb cruised to fifty but his soft dismissal caused another shift in momentum. Marcus North and Ravi Bopara managed just 15 runs from the next 20 deliveries to keep the Strikers in the game. But North gambled against Nathan Reardon in the 17th over. He skipped down the track and clipped him into the stands for six. North went again next ball and thought Klinger got hands to it on the deep square leg rope, it was parried over for six more. North fell two balls later but Bopara and Jordan Silk were able to finish the job.

The major cause of Strikers' defeat, however, was owed to a disappointing batting display. They slumped to 4 for 32 inside eight overs after winning the toss and batting first.

It was left to Reardon and Shakib to mount a rear guard. The pair put together an entertaining 80-run stand to set up a defendable target. It could have been more had Shakib not picked out Steve O'Keefe on the midwicket boundary with a powerful strike and Reardon not run himself out with 10 balls to go.

Josh Hazlewood was the star with the ball picking up 3 for 16 from four miserly overs, but he had terrific support from Brett Lee and the spin of O'Keefe and North.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    It seems badf luck of Sakib runis the chances of Adelaide Strikers for the second time in a raw. Unlike last time, in the match against Melborne Stars this guy too failed and scored just 2 runs. Pls take Botha back for gods sake.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    It seems badf luck of Sakib runis the chances of Adelaide Strikers for the second time in a raw. Unlike last time, in the match against Melborne Stars this guy too failed and scored just 2 runs. Pls take Botha back for gods sake.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @hasib9 : In your dream world???? Ire and Afg have better players than Sakib.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @hasib9 : In your dream world???? Ire and Afg have better players than Sakib.

  • hasib9 on January 8, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Shakib is a better cricketer than anyone in the Indian team! No more questions.

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    @Kholi - Sakib Stats: 46 runs in 30 balls and 2 wickets in 4 overs with econ of 5.25. and he cost Strkers the game ? BWAHAHA! He should have been picked as man of the match!

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Awesome Sakib ...started brilliantly...

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Had Jadeja been there, he would have won the match for Strikers than Sakib.

  • on January 8, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @Kholi_theGreat: You obviously are living on another planet. Strikers were already in trouble when Shakib came to crease, with or without Botha I might add. Shakib was the only one, along with Reardon, to offer any resistance, and he did so with BOTH bat and ball. Without Shakib, the match would have been won within the first ten overs of the Striker's innings. Learn to see things objectively without bringing your big brother patronizing attitude.

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @Philly.rocks..please leave him. These indian fans thinks themselves they are the GOD of cricket. Only they know the better. Its useless to talk with them. No one wants to mess with mads.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    It seems badf luck of Sakib runis the chances of Adelaide Strikers for the second time in a raw. Unlike last time, in the match against Melborne Stars this guy too failed and scored just 2 runs. Pls take Botha back for gods sake.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    It seems badf luck of Sakib runis the chances of Adelaide Strikers for the second time in a raw. Unlike last time, in the match against Melborne Stars this guy too failed and scored just 2 runs. Pls take Botha back for gods sake.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    @hasib9 : In your dream world???? Ire and Afg have better players than Sakib.

  • MichaelBurton on January 9, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @hasib9 : In your dream world???? Ire and Afg have better players than Sakib.

  • hasib9 on January 8, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Shakib is a better cricketer than anyone in the Indian team! No more questions.

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    @Kholi - Sakib Stats: 46 runs in 30 balls and 2 wickets in 4 overs with econ of 5.25. and he cost Strkers the game ? BWAHAHA! He should have been picked as man of the match!

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Awesome Sakib ...started brilliantly...

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Had Jadeja been there, he would have won the match for Strikers than Sakib.

  • on January 8, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @Kholi_theGreat: You obviously are living on another planet. Strikers were already in trouble when Shakib came to crease, with or without Botha I might add. Shakib was the only one, along with Reardon, to offer any resistance, and he did so with BOTH bat and ball. Without Shakib, the match would have been won within the first ten overs of the Striker's innings. Learn to see things objectively without bringing your big brother patronizing attitude.

  • on January 8, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @Philly.rocks..please leave him. These indian fans thinks themselves they are the GOD of cricket. Only they know the better. Its useless to talk with them. No one wants to mess with mads.

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    @Philly.rocks : Who cares individual performance if the team losses ending its continuous winning streak. Botha might not played better than Sakib. But it was a psycological advantage for the Strikers that Sakib will never give to them.

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    @Philly.rocks : Who cares individual performance if the team losses ending its continuous winning streak. Botha might not played better than Sakib. But it was a psycological advantage for the Strikers that Sakib will never give to them.

  • MichaelBurton on January 8, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    @Philly.rocks : Who cares individual performance if the team losses ending its continuous winning streak. Botha might not played better than Sakib. But it was a psycological advantage for the Strikers that Sakib will never give to them.

  • Philly.rocks on January 7, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    @Kholi_theGreat, did you really watch the game at all? When the team were in a position to crumble for lowest score, Shakib went in and with Reardon, started attacking the bowlers and set the momentum for a good score. While bowling, he was the best bowler for the team, with his gritty sliders and spin. He was the best batsmen and bowlers for the team, and you are calling to drop him??? Do you have any cricketing sense at all? After his brilliant performance, his coach, teammates, commentators all were praising him, because he was just off the plane and still played as a champion. Alas, you guys can never digest that Bangali can play better cricket. Shame on you!

  • MichaelBurton on January 7, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Adelaide Strikers were unlucky to replace Botha with Sakib. This cost the game for strikers. Before Sakib's inclusion, they were undefeated. Sakib was lucky at the cost of Strikers hard luck. Pls. include Botha in place of Sakib in the next matches.

  • MichaelBurton on January 7, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Adelaide Strikers were unlucky to replace Botha with Sakib. This cost the game for strikers. Before Sakib's inclusion, they were undefeated. Sakib was lucky at the cost of Strikers hard luck. Pls. include Botha in place of Sakib in the next matches.

  • on January 6, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Awesome Sakib ...started brilliantly...carry on bengal tiger in BBL...

  • on January 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Congratulation Shakib al Hasan. Now, we all Bangladeshi enjoying BBL. Thanks A. Strikers to add SHAKIB AL HASAN. Best of Luck Shakib al Hasan.

  • on January 6, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Congrats S. Sxers. Now, we all Bangladeshi enjoying BBL. Thanks A. Strikers to add SHAKIB AL HASAN.

  • on January 6, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    My man of the match for the match is shakib al hasan

  • TheBlackMonk on January 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    In my opinion, the current best player of BD is our captain Mushfiq. He is in terrific form and his graph is consistently upwards, most importantly he is hard working and intelligent. If any team needs good depth in batting as well as the keeping and captaincy experience, he would certainly be a bargain.

  • on January 6, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    its good to c shakib performing also he will b feeling horrible that strikers lost hope he keeps contributing ,,,most of the aussies support by him which is really good to c that wil also boost the nation but some also unlike shakib the rest of the 10 r not good its really not true bangladesh has alot of talent if nasir mominul tamiim mushfi mahmudulla zia gazi they r talented enough to play in atleast these matches ..no disrespect to bopara come on really we know he is not made t20 but sixers still has him i can say if sixer took nasir instead of him it couldv been bttr its just a saying hope that becomes true =] point is we they need a chance or 2

  • redneck on January 6, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    nice to finaly see shakib show his stuff here in aus, too bad it was only in T20! with out doubt the best cricketer to come out of bangledesh in their 14 years of test cricket and with kallis now retired i would say hes up there with the best allrounders in test cricket. too bad his other 10 bangledeshi team mates arent good enough to justify playing them in tests as it would be nice to see shakib play in a real cricket match here rather than the mickey mouse stuff!

  • Aussie_Bangladesh_Fan95 on January 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    Awesome debut by Shakib! In my opinion he deserved man of the match, particularly as he contributed with both the bat and the ball in a losing cause (compared to Lumb who only starred with the bat).

    Definitely good experience for Shakib playing in the BBL to get used to the Australian pitches in preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

    Hopefully Shakib can contribute even further in the rest of the Strikers games!

  • Apu18 on January 6, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    well done Shakib ... we all love u <3

  • rohan024 on January 5, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    I don't why Sixers are so underestimated by everyone including bookmakers. Steve Smith will be playing all the remaining matches, and with him,Lumb, Maddinson, Henriques, North, and Bopara (another couple of games probably?) is a very fine batting line up capable of chasing 160 regularly. On bowling side they have Lee, Hazlewood, Steve O'Keefe, Henriques..All in all its a very good team capable of reaching semis and beyond.

  • on January 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Shakib was the only reason I took an interest in this match. Now I'll be looking forward to watching more BBL matches.

    Shakib deserved more praise in this article. He was on his BBL debut. He top scored with the bat, and he had the best bowling figures (2/21). If he continues playing like this, Johan Botha will be out of a job soon.

    The rest of the Strikers really let themselves down. Lumb should've been out to Tait, but the dropped catches really cost them this match.

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    congrats s. sixers. now we all Bangladeshi enjoying bbl. thanks a. strikers to add sakib.

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Shakib... Well done! I thought Shakib would be man of the match. Anyway, next match hopefully....

  • British_North_America on January 5, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Shakib would have been the Man of the Match had his side not lost.I expected a bit more coverage on him.He top scored for his side with his 46 off 30 and also had the best bowling figure of 4-21.It was him who saved the Strikers from a disaster.I expect more coverage on the SUBCONTINENTAL players from the Aussie reporters.

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    why not lumb and hales didn't get a chance in ODIs is far from normal understanding. for me eng should field this as xi: hales/lumb cook root kp Morgan bopara buttler stokes broad tredwell Rankin/Finn . And congratulations to shakib you are a class act.

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    It feels graet when player like sakib shows the world we are not under dog any more..We are capable to do some fire works with bat and bowl anywhere in the world!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    tremendous debut of Bangladesh on the BBL! well done Shakib, good luck for the next match!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Excellent all-round performance by shakib!! proud to be a bangladeshi...

  • keerthitommy on January 5, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    oh !shakib you beauty !!!!!!!!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Sak is one of star from Bangladesh.... we have more star

  • Warm_Coffee on January 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Very good all-round performance especially only just arriving to a foreign country known for top cricketers. It would be great if Australia plays Bangladesh at least in limited overs series so the team can get that experience required in such places.

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Well played Shakib! Best of luck for the upcoming matches :))

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  • on January 5, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Well played Shakib! Best of luck for the upcoming matches :))

  • Warm_Coffee on January 5, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Very good all-round performance especially only just arriving to a foreign country known for top cricketers. It would be great if Australia plays Bangladesh at least in limited overs series so the team can get that experience required in such places.

  • on January 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Sak is one of star from Bangladesh.... we have more star

  • keerthitommy on January 5, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    oh !shakib you beauty !!!!!!!!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Excellent all-round performance by shakib!! proud to be a bangladeshi...

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    tremendous debut of Bangladesh on the BBL! well done Shakib, good luck for the next match!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    It feels graet when player like sakib shows the world we are not under dog any more..We are capable to do some fire works with bat and bowl anywhere in the world!!

  • on January 5, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    why not lumb and hales didn't get a chance in ODIs is far from normal understanding. for me eng should field this as xi: hales/lumb cook root kp Morgan bopara buttler stokes broad tredwell Rankin/Finn . And congratulations to shakib you are a class act.

  • British_North_America on January 5, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Shakib would have been the Man of the Match had his side not lost.I expected a bit more coverage on him.He top scored for his side with his 46 off 30 and also had the best bowling figure of 4-21.It was him who saved the Strikers from a disaster.I expect more coverage on the SUBCONTINENTAL players from the Aussie reporters.

  • on January 5, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Shakib... Well done! I thought Shakib would be man of the match. Anyway, next match hopefully....