END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | AS: 196/6 (11 runs required, RR: 9.80)

  • BJ Hodge27 (17b)
  • MT Steketee4-0-32-3
  • BCJ Cutting4-0-46-2

The Heat hold their nerve. They dropped some catches in the field but in the clutch moments they executed their plan with the ball to defend a big total.

The game was set up with the bat by a fabulous opening stand between Peirson and McCullum. Alex Ross' clean striking tipped the total beyond 200.

The Strikers bettered the Heat with their opening stand thanks to devastating half-centuries from Dunk and Weatherald but they could not find enough boundaries late. Samuel Badree's maiden to Travis Head was critical and it left too much for Brad Hodge to do. Great game of cricket.

Brendon McCullum has been named Man of the Match for his innings and also his captaincy.

McCullum: "I feel very fortunate to get it. We said just keep trying to take wickets and feel like you're in front of the game."

McCullum on Badree's maiden: "(It was) huge, absolutely massive."

McCullum on Ross' innings: "His innings was a really mature innings. He gave himself some time, got used to the conditions and was devastating at the back end. I thought he should've been Man of the Match."

A great win for the Heat to open their campaign.

They don't play again until next Wednesday against the Thunder. The Strikers head to Perth on Friday to face the Scorchers.

That's it from Adelaide tonight. Join us tomorrow for the clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder at Docklands in Melbourne.

19.6
W
Steketee to Jordan, OUT, A wicket to finish it!! Jordan lofts this high wide of mid off and McCullum runs back and pouches the catch! Well bowled Steketee

CJ Jordan c McCullum b Steketee 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Great bowling from Steketee

19.5
1
Steketee to Hodge, 1 run, slower ball driven along the ground to deep cover! That should do it
19.4
2
Steketee to Hodge, 2 runs, great save on the rope by Swepson. It was sliced behind point and nearly went for four but a good save.
19.3
1
Steketee to Jordan, 1 run, great slower ball wide of off, and he reaches out and bunts it to mid off

Chris Jordan takes guard. 15 needed off 4 balls

19.2
W
Steketee to Lehmann, OUT, Another brilliant yorker! 141kph fired at leg stump, Lehmann gave himself room but was beaten for pace and leg stump lit up like a Christmas tree!

JS Lehmann b Steketee 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.1
1
Steketee to Hodge, 1 run, Dropped at mid off! Slower ball full toss, slapped in the air to mid off and McCullum diving forward and to his right drops the catch! He would normally take that. But he saves three
19.1
1w
Steketee to Hodge, 1 wide, a mistake, slower ball dragged too wide of off and the umpire makes the right call

Steketee trusted with the final over. Lehmann joins Hodge. Hodge on strike with 17 to win

END OF OVER:
19 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | AS: 190/4 (17 runs required, RR: 10.00, RRR: 17.00)

  • BJ Hodge23 (14b)
  • BCJ Cutting4-0-46-2
  • MJ Swepson3-0-26-1

Brilliant over from Cutting

18.6
W
Cutting to Pollard, OUT, Bowled him! Magnificently done! Slightly slower yorker tailed in through the gate and knocks back middle stump!

KA Pollard b Cutting 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

18.5
1
Cutting to Hodge, 1 run, wide full toss slapped with one hand to deep cover-point
18.4
1
Cutting to Pollard, 1 run, what a yorker! From around the wicket, speared into leg stump and it is dug out just
18.3
1
Cutting to Hodge, 1 run, wide length ball outside off, chopped off the toe of the bat to cover

High risk strategy from Cutting. More field changes. Fine leg is up.

18.2
0
Cutting to Hodge, no run, Another bouncer and a swing and miss!
18.1
4
Cutting to Hodge, FOUR runs, quick bouncer but a brilliant hook shot into the gap! He got his hands high and pulled it hard between fine leg and deep square to the rope

Cutting trusted with the second last over. He will go around the wicket to the right handers

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | AS: 183/3 (24 runs required, RR: 10.16, RRR: 12.00)

  • BJ Hodge17 (10b)
  • KA Pollard0 (0b)
  • MJ Swepson3-0-26-1
  • MT Steketee3-0-26-1
17.6
1
Swepson to Hodge, 1 run, slapped hard from outside off to long on

Here's Pollard! Hodge on strike.

17.5
W
Swepson to Head, OUT, Huge wicket! Tossed up on leg stump, Head goes for the slog sweep but gets a top edge over the keeper's head, Badree runs around from short third man and takes a pressure catch!

TM Head c Badree b Swepson 23 (29m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.00

17.4
1
Swepson to Hodge, 1 run, square drive off a length to deep point
17.3
1
Swepson to Head, 1 run, tossed high, 84kph, driven to long off
17.2
1
Swepson to Hodge, 1 run, full toss and he misses out! Pulled it flat straight to deep square leg on the rope
17.1
2
Swepson to Hodge, 2 runs, tossed up and driven hard to deep cover and they pinch two. Good running

END OF OVER:
17 | 12 Runs | AS: 177/2 (30 runs required, RR: 10.41, RRR: 10.00)

  • TM Head22 (23b)
  • BJ Hodge12 (6b)
  • MT Steketee3-0-26-1
  • MJ Swepson2-0-20-0
16.6
2
Steketee to Head, 2 runs, full and wide and cracked through cover, the sweeper gathers to his left
16.5
0
Steketee to Head, no run, Great fielding in the follow through. Full and slapped back at the bowler who makes the save
16.4
4
Steketee to Head, FOUR runs, angled across and he produces a brilliant late cut past short third man for four! Great thinking
16.3
0
Steketee to Head, no run, swing and miss from Head, again targeting the leg side fence

Third man up, long on back

16.2
4
Steketee to Head, FOUR runs, slower ball, length, and he spots the length and slaps it over mid on who is up in the circle. It runs away

Strikers 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st133BR DunkJ Weatherald
2nd9BR DunkTM Head
3rd40BJ HodgeTM Head
4th8BJ HodgeKA Pollard
5th2BJ HodgeJS Lehmann
6th4BJ HodgeCJ Jordan