Adelaide Strikers edge out Melbourne Renegades to reach BBL final

Travis Head led from the front with a man of the match performance
Travis Head led from the front with a man of the match performance

Adelaide Strikers 178-5 (Head 85no) beat
Melbourne Renegades 177-4 (Harris 45) by one run
2nd Semi-Final, Big Bash League, Adelaide

Travis Head scored an unbeaten 85 and also claimed a wicket as Adelaide Strikers secured a thrilling one-run victory over Melbourne Renegades in the second semi-final of the Big Bash League at Adelaide Oval.

Now the Strikers will face Hobart Hurricanes in the final of the season on Sunday.

Earlier, Adelaide Strikers won the toss and decided to bat first. Jono Dean (19) started the innings positively with two sixes and a four but his blitz was cut short by Chris Tremain (1-36) when he had him caught in the deep.

However, Head (85 not out) and Jake Weatherald (57) played positively and struck two boundaries each to help the Strikers reach 54 for one in the powerplay.

Weatherald had a reprieve when he was dropped by Dwayne Bravo (1-47) in the ninth over and it proved costly as he struck and a six to take the score to 81 for one at the halfway mark. The duo struck four boundaries combined in the next two overs as things looked ominous for the Renegades.

Weatherald was the first to reach his fifty off 38 deliveries but soon fell after that. Nevertheless, Head continued to pile on the runs and reached unbeaten 85 as the Strikers went on to post 178 for five in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Cameron White (2) fell in the second over but Marcus Harris (45) and Tim Ludeman (28) got the innings back on track as they reached 64 for one in the powerplay. It was a combination of Head (1-27) and Rashid Khan (1-28) that brought the home side back in the game with the wickets of Harris and Ludeman respectively and the Renegades needed 87 off the final 10.

Things did slow down a bit and Bravo (26) and Tom Cooper (36 not out) tried to up the ante before Ben Laughlin (1-31) had the former caught at backward point. Renegades needed 37 to win off the final four overs and despite Kieron Pollard (29 not out) at the crease, they managed only 35 runs to lose the game by just one run.

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