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23rd Match (N), Brisbane, Jan 8 2016, Big Bash League
(18.4/20 ov, target 176)179/2
Strikers won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
53 (30)
mahela-jayawardene
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• The report by Will Macpherson

Jayawardene, Head take Strikers to the top

Mahela Jayawardene's second fifty as an opener and Travis Head's beligerence converted a potential tricky chase of 176 into a cruise for the Adelaide Strikers

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Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Brisbane Heat175/6(20 overs)
Adelaide Strikers179/2(18.4 overs)

Right then. Thanks for joining us. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us here at the commentary desk. Cheers

Mahela Jayawardene is the Player of the Match for his 30-ball 53

Aditya Talesara: "Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers are classic example of how important the perfomance of local players matters in a domestic T20 leagues! Some franchise like Stars, RCB, DD, Renegades always keep themselves busy in buying big names and as a result, no titles between them."

First things first. Brisbane Heat are out of contention now. It was a competitive total alright, but poor bowling coupled with the brilliance of Mahela Jayawardene and Travis Head meant a potentially tough chase was turned into a cruise halfway through. Strikers displace Perth Scorchers as the No. 1 team for now . They also have a game in hand, as compared to their nearest competitors.

18.4
4
Cutting to Hodge, FOUR runs

the Australian Open starts shortly. Maybe Hodge can be a wildcard entry. Short ball, he brings out those strong forehands again to keep it down, hit really hard past mid-on.

18.3
Cutting to Hodge, no run

low full toss on off, squeezed to mid-on

18.2
4
Cutting to Hodge, FOUR runs

that is a cracker! Overpitched on middle, backs away and hammers it back past the bowler, no one moved

18.1
2
Cutting to Hodge, 2 runs

width on offer, smashed behind point, Lendl Simmons nearly pushes it into the boundary as he attempts a cheeky flick after picking it up

end of over 189 runs
AS: 169/2CRR: 9.38 RRR: 3.50
Brad Hodge4 (4)
Tim Ludeman57 (49)
Josh Lalor 4-0-33-0
Ben Cutting 3-0-27-1
17.6
1
Lalor to Hodge, 1 run

slower ball on off, eased wide of point for an easy single

17.6
1w
Lalor to Hodge, 1 wide

slower bouncer on middle, he arches back and lets it go, wide called again. Long, long over this

17.5
1
Lalor to Ludeman, 1 run

rocket hit to mid-off, quick single taken

Captain Obvious: "Yes Samrat Ahuja we can put down Travis Head's development down to solely playing for Dehli. *sarcasm* Bravo to SACA for the faith and patience put into Head despite his young age when they started playing him. It's paying dividends now." Keep the banter going, folks

17.5
1w
Lalor to Ludeman, 1 wide

gets the direction wrong this time, full and well outside the wide line, work for the umpire

17.4
1
Lalor to Hodge, 1 run

misfield at mid-off allows the quick single

Abhay Arora: "Oh is Lalor? I though it was Irfan Pathan!!! Quiet similar action!! Or maybe just at certain instance." Similar actions, yes

17.3
1
Lalor to Ludeman, 1 run

driven to long off

17.2
1
Lalor to Hodge, 1 run

opens the face of the bat and runs it wide of point

17.1
1
Lalor to Ludeman, 1 run

eased to third man this time

17.1
1w
Lalor to Ludeman, 1 wide

full and wide delivery from over the wicket, he reaches out to squeeze that behind point, can't get enough bat on it, close to the wide line

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
AS: 160/2CRR: 9.41 RRR: 5.33
Tim Ludeman54 (46)
Brad Hodge1 (1)
Ben Cutting 3-0-27-1
Josh Lalor 3-0-24-0

Graham: "I've just found out its poor captaincy going for your strike bowler who recently got picked in an Australian squad when you need to get another 2 overs out of him. Nothing wrong with the captaincy poor bowling and brilliant batting."

16.6
1
Cutting to Ludeman, 1 run

turned wide of midwicket

16.5
1
Cutting to Hodge, 1 run

short into the rib cage, deflects off the thigh pad to short fine leg

16.4
1
Cutting to Ludeman, 1 run

sliding into the pads, flicked to deep square

16.3
W
Cutting to Head, OUT

swung across the line, gets a top edge and the fielder there took a simple catch. Looked to play a cross-batted slog this time, didn't get enough bat on it, easily taken by Heazlett. Fine knock, his rich vein of form continues, one that has almost put the Brisbane Heat out of contention

Travis Head c Heazlett b Cutting 50 (25b 1x4 4x6) SR: 200
16.2
6
Cutting to Head, SIX runs

slapped over the bowler's head, straight into the sight screen. Too full, he clears the front leg, gets down on one knee and boom!

Kapil: "As good is his batting, as poor is his captaincy, that's Lynn for you. Why would you give a bowler who has gone for 19, another over in crunch situation? He should have given it to Lalor and asked him to bowl around the stumps to Head. That 20 run over killed the game for Heat"

16.1
1
Cutting to Ludeman, 1 run

bowls it full and outside off, driven hard to cover

end of over 1612 runs
AS: 150/1CRR: 9.37 RRR: 6.50
Travis Head44 (23)
Tim Ludeman51 (43)
Josh Lalor 3-0-24-0
Andrew Fekete 2-0-40-0
15.6
2
Lalor to Head, 2 runs

rolls off the thick inside edge towards Simmons at deep midwicket again, good running

Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossAdelaide Strikers, elected to field first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene
Hours of play (local time)19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.40
Match days8 January 2016 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Ashley Barrow
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Phillip Gillespie
TV Umpire
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Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
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Jayvan Ruddick-Collins
Match Referee
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Peter Marshall
PointsAdelaide Strikers 2, Brisbane Heat 0