Adelaide Strikers resist Sydney Sixers to claim top position

Rashid Khan picked two wickets in the game
Rashid Khan picked two wickets in the game

Adelaide Strikers 167-3 (Carey 83no) beat
Sydney Sixers 161-8 (Silk 50) by six runs
9th game, Big Bash League, Sydney

Alex Carey scored an unbeaten 83 off 59 deliveries while the bowlers came with a collective effort as Adelaide Strikers overcame stern resistance from Sydney Sixers to win the 9th game of the Big Bash League at Sydney Cricket Ground by six runs.

This was also Sixers' third consecutive defeat while Adelaide with their second win have gone on to claim the top position.

Earlier, it was the Sixers, who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ben Dwarshuis (2-41) started the spell waywardly with three wides in the first over but managed to remove Jake Weatherald (0).

Carey struck back to back sixes in the third over while Travis Head (29) too joined the act as Adelaide Strikers reached 47 for one in the powerplay. Just when the duo were looking dangerous, Johan Botha (1-30) had Head stumped and by the 13th over the visitors were positioned 93 for three.

Carey, who was hardly going at run a ball upped the ante and reached his half-century off 39 deliveries as he along with a 19-ball cameo from Jonathan Wells (33 not out) helped the Strikers post 167 for three in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Sixers lost Daniel Hughes (4) and Nic Maddinson (0) early and Jason Roy's (21) departure further dented their chances. A 32-ball knock from Jordan Silk (50) kept them in the hunt while cameos down the order from Steve O'Keefe (28) and Ben Dwarshuis (21 not out) got the target down to 34 off 12 deliveries.

Clean strikes from O'Keefe meant the Sixers needed 10 off four balls but the Strikers managed to hold their nerve in a tight second innings to seal a six-run win.

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