Adelaide Strikers reclaim top position with comfortable win over Stars

Travis Head led from the front for the Strikers
Travis Head led from the front for the Strikers

Adelaide Strikers 152-2 (Carey 59no) beat
Melbourne Stars 151-6 (Maxwell 60) by eight wickets
23rd game, Big Bash League, Adelaide Oval

Alex Carey and Travis Head scored half-centuries as Adelaide Strikers went on to complete an eight wicket victory over Melbourne Stars chasing a total of 151 runs in the 23rd game of the Big Bash League at Adelaide Oval.

Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the start wasn't an auspicious one as they lost Ben Dunk (1), Kevin Pietersen (5) and Peter Handscomb (1) inside the powerplay and were reduced to 34 for three.

Marcus Stoinis (39), who was quietly watching wickets fall at the other end, finally upped the ante with a six and two boundaries in the seventh over but was snared by Rashid Khan (1-23) in his first over.

As the innings continued to slide, Glenn Maxwell (60) was the only consolation to the innings with his 39-ball knock that had seven boundaries and a six to take the total to 151 for six in the 20 overs. All the Adelaide bowlers picked a wicket apiece.

Adelaide Strikers had a solid start to the innings scoring 50 runs in the first seven overs but it came to an end when Jake Weatherald (18) was stumped off a wide ball from Maxwell (1-24). At the halfway mark, the home side were positioned 66 for one.

Head (53) struck a six and a four in the 12th over to get going and followed it with two more boundaries and a maximum in the 14th as Adelaide Strikers stepped up the gear.

Head reached his fifty off 29 deliveries but was caught at square leg in the 16th over off Stoinis (1-47). Nevertheless, Carey and Colin Ingram (15 not out) saw Adelaide through the chase which they completed in 18.4 overs with eight wickets in hand.

The win has strengthened Adelaide's chances of making it to the top four while Stars' chances are down after losing their fifth consecutive game.

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