Hobart Hurricanes 183-5 (Short 96) beat
Adelaide Strikers 176-6 (Ingram 66) by seven runs
17th game, Big Bash League, Bellerive Oval
D'Arcy Short continued his rich vein of form with another blistering 96 run knock as Hobart Hurricanes went on to beat Adelaide Strikers by seven runs in the 17th game of the Big Bash League at Bellerive Oval.
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and decided to bat first. Short (96) scored four boundaries and a six in the first six overs while Alex Doolan (29) also slammed some quick runs as the home side reached 51 for naught in the powerplay phase.
Rashid Khan (2-18) slowed down the run-rate also helped Adelaide Strikers with a breakthrough as he had Doolan caught behind and at halfway mark, Hobart Hurricanes managed just 69 for one.
Short reached his fifty off 37 deliveries but Adelaide Strikers made a brief comeback in the game with the wickets of Ben McDermott (18), George Bailey (1) and Daniel Christian (7).
Nevertheless, Short continued to dominate and even plundered Ben Laughlin (0-42) for two boundaries and a six in the 16th over. Just when a century was there for the taking, he nudged one to point, falling for 96.
A 13-ball unbeaten cameo from Matthew Wade (20 not out) provided the much-needed flourish to lift the total to 183 for five in the 20 overs.
Adelaide Strikers suffered early setback in the chase as they lost Alex Carey (2) and Jake Weatherald (7) in the first three overs. Skipper Travis Head (44) and Colin Ingram (66) tried to keep them in the game with a 102 run stand for the third wicket.
By the 10th over, Adelaide Strikers were positioned 72 for two. Head hit two sixes in the 12th over and the partnership was gaining momentum with the Strikers smashing 56 runs off just four overs.
Jofra Archer (3-15) helped Hurricanes take control when he had Head caught in the 14th over and three overs later, Ingram too departed with Tymal Mills (1-41) being the bowler.
With 40 runs needed off the final three, an eight ball cameo from Jake Lehmann (16) raised the hopes of the visitors but Archer controlled the final over brilliantly conceding just five runs and picking two wickets as well to seal a seven run win for the Hurricanes.
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