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Sixers vs Strikers, 14th Match at Adelaide, , Dec 31 2015 - Ball by Ball Commentary

14th Match (N), Adelaide, December 31, 2015, Big Bash League
(19.3/20 ov, T:177) 182/5

Strikers won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
101* (53)
Cricinfo's MVP
119.76 ptsImpact List
Full commentary

Time to rest my fingers a bit. Fear I'll drop my drink tonight, for such has been the onslaught by Travis Head. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Looking forward to more in 2016. Until then, cheers!

Adelaide Strikers needed 51 off the last 18 balls. They scored 56 in 15. All the runs were scored by Travis Head.

Justin: "You got to feel for Abbott there, but the Sixers must be ruing the lack of a sixth bowling option. What a way to end the cricketing year I have to say"

Travis Head: I thought we were gone at one stage, but credit to Hodgy for bringing it back. I thought we can get close to give entertainment to the fans who came down tonight, but the short boundaries helped. Sean Abbott is a quality bowler, on another day I would have hit a few to the fielders, but tonight I got the opportunity and that got me going. I've tried to improve, haven't been consistent throughout the year, but it's good to step up and get a win.

At one stage, it looked like Adelaide where nowhere in this. But a succession of short deliveries that went horribly wrong meant they were in with a hunt from nowhere. Travis Head hit three successive sixes to bring up a century and an improbable win. At no stage did Travis Head look out of place. Just to tell you the magnitude of his achievement, picture this: Travis Head hit seven sixes off his last 14 deliveries

Abbott to Head, SIX runs

a century to savour . Champagne moment on New Year's eve! It was short again, the ball got big on him and he slapped it behind square on the leg side. The ball got big on him but he ensured the swing was powerful enough to take it all the way. This is the first century by an Adelaide Strikers batsman in BBL history

Abbott to Head, SIX runs

are you kidding me? This one was a short ball, much slower as well and it made it easier for Head to generate enough power as he waited on the slower ball and then swung that away, got it a little high on the bat but it was enough to take it over deep midwicket. Sean Abbott is crest fallen

Abbott to Head, SIX runs

as easy as it can get. Too full on leg stump, he walks across the stump and flicks the half volley over deep midwicket. Short boundary there and only those in the stands could have caught that

end of over 1911 runs
AS: 164/5CRR: 8.63 RRR: 13.00
Travis Head83 (50b 4x4 6x6)
Adil Rashid2 (1b)
Doug Bollinger 4-0-31-0
Sean Abbott 3-0-39-1

What a cracking end to 2015. A last-over finish. That too in front of a sell out. 45,000 people in on New Year's eve. What an atmosphere. Can Travis Head take the Adelaide Strikers home?

Bollinger to Head, 1 run

high full toss, the deep cover fielder misfields but Head decided he wasn't going to run back for the second come hell or high water. He retains the strike.

Bollinger to Head, no run

hit hard but straight to cover

Bollinger to Head, SIX runs

monstrous hit! He hasn't learnt here. Bowls it full, half-volley, Head backs away and makes the most difficult stroke look ridiculously easy. Lofted nice and clean over extra cover, tremendous bat speed on that as ball met bat

Bollinger to Head, 2 runs

swung across the line towards deep midwicket

Bollinger to Head, 2 runs

low full toss on middle, he gets it down towards long-on, long boundary means even a rocket throw can't prevent the second

Bollinger to Head, no run

low full toss outside off, squeezed to third man, confusion between both batsmen, who met mid-pitch, a direct hit at the bowler's end and Rashid would have been gone

end of over 1827 runs
AS: 153/5CRR: 8.50 RRR: 12.00
Travis Head72 (44b 4x4 5x6)
Adil Rashid2 (1b)
Sean Abbott 3-0-39-1
Ben Dwarshuis 4-0-25-3
Abbott to Head, 1 run
Abbott to Head, SIX runs

he's single-handedly winning this. Short ball, he waited inside the crease and pulled him in front of square over deep square leg.

Abbott to Head, SIX runs

that's another muscular hit that has gone 20 rows back. Full toss angling away, he walks across, gets down on one knee and swings towards deep midwicket, absolutely smoked that. Mayhem here

Abbott to Head, FOUR runs

too full on off, and he slices that one into the gap between point and third man. They're still in this, are Adelaide

Abbott to Head, SIX runs

swung across the line, makes clean connection again and the ball sails over the deep midwicket fence. It was full, right in the slot for the swing and he made proper contact

Abbott to Head, FOUR runs

gets down on one knee and slogs that across the line, no one at long-on and the ball rolls into the long boundary there. Good start to the over

end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
AS: 126/5CRR: 7.41 RRR: 17.00
Adil Rashid2 (1b)
Travis Head45 (38b 2x4 2x6)
Ben Dwarshuis 4-0-25-3
Johan Botha 4-0-36-0
Dwarshuis to Rashid, 2 runs

eased neatly down towards third man, but the slower delivery meant there wasn't enough pace on the deflection for it to go to the boundary

Dwarshuis to Head, 1 run

makes room and squeezes it to deep cover

Dwarshuis to Head, no run

right into the blockhole from wide of the crease, jams his bat down in time to keep that away

Dwarshuis to Ross, OUT

goes for a wild swing, only manages to slice it down towards third man, the point fielder threw his hat into the race by going for it, but backed off finally., and Ayre held his own to take it quite comfortably

Alex Ross c sub (RR Ayre) b Dwarshuis 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
Dwarshuis to Ross, no run

back of length on middle, he can't turn that wide of midwicket, dot ball and that means more pressure on the Strikers

Dwarshuis to Head, 1 run

yorker on middle, squeezed wide of cover

Win Probability
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Over 20 • AS 182/5

Strikers won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
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