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36th Match (N), Adelaide, Jan 11 2021, Big Bash League
Strikers won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
player of the match
Wes Agar
Adelaide Strikers
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• Alex Malcolm

Wes Agar and Rashid Khan trip up the Stars

The Strikers move to third place, while the opponents slip into strife

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Commentator: Matt Roller
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars149/7(20 overs)
Adelaide Strikers150/5(19 overs)
end of over 1912 runs
AS: 150/5CRR: 7.89  • Need 0 from 6b
Ryan Gibson22 (13)
Rashid Khan4 (3)
Liam Hatcher4-0-41-0
Haris Rauf3-0-33-1

That's all from us tonight. Thanks for tuning in, and check out Alex Malcolm's report which will be live shortly. Cheers!

Glenn Maxwell is speaking to Channel 7: "They were brilliant. They scrapped hard all night. We just missed a few times at the end there and they were able to get hold of us. [NCN absence] He's an important cog in our team, batting No. 7 and offering overs up front, through the middle and at the death. It's a handy package to be missing, also with Marcus Stoinis not bowling at the moment. [Fletcher] He's been hitting the ball so well and getting starts in every game but something seems to happen. He hasn't got a lot of luck. When you're finding every possible way to get out, it can compound itself. I'm sure he'd like some runs. Great for Nic Maddinson to get some time out in the middle. [Re-match vs Strikers on Friday] We're looking forward to that home stretch, making the MCG our home fortress. We see how bunched up it is in the middle. You get a win with a bonus point, and with the top five [going through] it gives you an opportunity."

Alex Carey on Channel 7: "Very pleasing. Hopefully we can start building some momentum. [Gibson] Good again tonight. Great to see him take ownership of the last five overs and Wells played a good little cameo as well. He's worked really hard in the nets. [Rashid absence] It's going to be interesting, we love playing with Rash. It's a big hole to fill but Liam O'Connor is pretty keen to get out there at the MCG. We'll see him off tonight. Everyone loves playing with him and watching him here. [Siddle injury] Frankie Worrall was great tonight with the new ball and Harry Conway was really effective as well. It's going to give guys an opportunity to put their hand up. It would be great to start stringing some wins together. We're still trying to find our best cricket."

Wes Agar is player of the match and is asked by Channel 7 to explain his excellent season: "It's simplicity in my game. I'm maturing as a player and understanding that sometimes less is more. I'm backing my strength which is the hard-length ball. I was really proud of the boys tonight. We played our roles really well. It's a really proud game to win, because we worked so hard behind the scenes knowing Sidds [the injured Peter Siddle] wasn't going to be there. [Rashid leaving?] So sad, we're shattered. I told him today: 'mate, I'm going to miss you.' He brings joy and happiness to the group and so much success on the field."

9.55pm: That was pure, unadulterated Big Bash. The Stars always looked short of par on a decent surface, but they scrapped so hard to defend it. They back-loaded their bowling attack, saving Rauf, Hatcher and Zampa for the end of the innings, and stole the Bash Boost bonus point after putting the squeeze on following Salt's dismissal. Carey decided to take on the reverse-sweep needing 3 off the last ball of the 10th for the bonus point, but picked out the diving Nic Maddinson, and from there it was game on. The rate continued to climb, not least when Zampa bowled a superb first Power Surge over, but Jon Wells tucked into Haris Rauf to send the required rate tumbling back down, and Ryan Gibson thrashed a couple of boundaries to seal the win!

18.6
2
Hatcher to Gibson, 2 runs

skewed up into the off side, the fielder shells the high catch, and Gibson gets back for two to seal the win! The Strikers win by five wickets with an over to spare! Slashed hard at it, and it looped high up into the air. Zampa O'Connell, the substitute fielder, back-pedalled to get underneath it, but put the chance down, and the Strikers have done it

Just two required

18.5
4
Hatcher to Gibson, FOUR runs

full toss, heaved through the leg side, and it splits long-on and midwicket perfectly! Not a great connection, but it flew into the gap between the boundary-riders

18.5
1w
Hatcher to Gibson, 1 wide

wide yorker outside the off stump, and given as a wide! That will help the Strikers

18.4
1
Hatcher to Rashid Khan, 1 run

back-of-the-hand slowie again, pulled down to long-on

18.3
1
Hatcher to Gibson, 1 run

back-of-the-hand slower ball, pulled to square leg

9 off 10. One boundary should be enough.

18.2
1
Hatcher to Rashid Khan, 1 run

full outside off, Rashid tries a wristy hockey-style flick through the leg side, but doesn't get much on it. Dribbles away for one

18.1
2
Hatcher to Rashid Khan, 2 runs

full outside off, squeezed out through third man. Rauf is slow to get down, and they race back for the second

Hatcher to bowl the 19th. Rashid Khan on strike, in his final BBL game of the season.

end of over 1818 runs • 1 wicket
AS: 138/5CRR: 7.66 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Ryan Gibson15 (10)
Rashid Khan0 (0)
Haris Rauf3-0-33-1
Adam Zampa4-0-20-2

Lakshmi: "H.Rauf has been expensive, and not that effective like he was in last edition of BBL, he went for plenty in NZ too"

18 runs off Rauf's over and the Strikers need 12 off 12.

17.6
4
Haris Rauf to Gibson, FOUR runs

short and wide, Gibson flashes at it without moving his feet, but he gets enough on it to beat short third man and it runs away for four!

King Khan strides out at No. 7, but he's at the non-striker's end

17.5
W
Haris Rauf to Wells, OUT

great catch from Larkin coming in off the rope! Another twist! Rauf hangs it outside the off stump and Wells tries to kill the game with another boundary. He slices it into the air, and Larkin runs in off the point boundary to take an excellent catch

Jonathan Wells c Larkin b Haris Rauf 36 (27b 2x4 2x6) SR: 133.33
17.4
6
Haris Rauf to Wells, SIX runs

in the slot, and Wells nails it over midwicket for six more! Rauf misses his length again, and Wells flicks it over the rope. The Strikers' game to lose from here

22 off 15

17.3
Haris Rauf to Wells, no run

back of a length, Wells flashes at it but can't lay bat on ball. 87mph/140kph

17.2
4
Haris Rauf to Wells, FOUR runs

half-volley on the leg stump, thrashed over midwicket for four more! Up at 92mph/149kph, but too straight, and Wells whips off the pads

17.1
4
Haris Rauf to Wells, FOUR runs

threads it through point for four! 88mph/142kph, overpitched outside off, and Wells carves the low full toss square of the wicket and to the boundary

Rauf. 30 off 18 balls

end of over 174 runs
AS: 120/4CRR: 7.05 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 30 from 18b
Jonathan Wells22 (22)
Ryan Gibson11 (9)
Adam Zampa4-0-20-2
Liam Hatcher3-0-29-0

Superb showing from Zampa, taking 2 for 20 bowling the 1st, the 10th (successfully defending the bonus point), the 15th (in the Surge) and the 17th.

16.6
1
Zampa to Wells, 1 run

full, aimed at the leg stump, and pulled out to deep backward square leg

16.5
Zampa to Wells, no run

legbreak outside off, cut straight to point on the bounce

16.4
2
Zampa to Wells, 2 runs

flat legbreak, swept hard out to deep midwicket. The call is 'two' early. Fletcher gets round well and fires the throw into the keeper's end but they make it back

16.3
1
Zampa to Gibson, 1 run

full googly, pressed out to deep point

16.2
Zampa to Gibson, no run

sharp legbreak from a length, which turns viciously past the outside edge

16.1
Zampa to Gibson, no run

fired through, back of a length, and Gibson can't lay bat on ball

Zampa to complete his four-over allocation.

end of over 1614 runs
AS: 116/4CRR: 7.25 • RRR: 8.50 • Need 34 from 24b
Jonathan Wells19 (19)
Ryan Gibson10 (6)
Liam Hatcher3-0-29-0
Adam Zampa3-0-16-2

20 runs off the two Power Surge overs. 34 needed off 24 balls.

15.6
Hatcher to Wells, no run

angled across him on a length, Wells steps towards the leg side looking to force it over the off side, but swishes at thin air!

Last ball of the Surge

Best performances - batsmen
Nic Maddinson player pic
NJ Maddinson
48 runs (34)
2 fours
3 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
19 runs
0 fours
1 six
440428242
Marcus Stoinis portrait
MP Stoinis
47 runs (31)
4 fours
3 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
1 four
2 sixes
408537515
Best performances - bowlers
Wes Agar
WA Agar
O
4
M
1
R
19
W
2
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Adam Zampa
A Zampa
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossMelbourne Stars, elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Wes Agar
Wes Agar
Match days11 January 2021 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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David Taylor
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Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
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Darren Close
Reserve Umpire
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Eloise Sheridan
Match Referee
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Steve Davis
PointsAdelaide Strikers 3, Melbourne Stars 1