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Adelaide Strikers stumble at end in chase of 207

Brendon McCullum was named the man of the match
Brendon McCullum was named the man of the match

Brisbane Heat 206-5 (Ross 64) beat
Adelaide Strikers 196-6 (Dunk 95) by 10 runs
Second game, Big Bash League, Melbourne

After Ben Dunk and Jake Weatherald laid a solid 133-run opening stand, Adelaide Strikes lost their way in the end overs and succumbed to a 10-run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the second game of the Big Bash League 2016-17 in Melbourne.

Adelaide Strikers opted to field first after winning the toss. Brendon McCullum (42) looked positive from outset as he and Jimmy Peirson (46) smashed nine boundaries and four sixes between them to end the powerplay with a score of 79 for naught.

Kieron Pollard (2-27) turned things around by dismissing both the openers in successive deliveries in the ninth over.

After a quiet three overs which saw Brisbane Heat scoring just 11 runs, Chris Lynn (29) opened up with back to back sixes off Pollard but Chris Jordan (2-29) removed him in the 15th over.

Alex Ross (64), who was going about things quietly until then stepped up and smashed Liam O'Connor (0-28) for three consecutive boundaries.

The 18th over bowled by Ben Laughlin (0-37) saw Ross plunder two sixes and boundaries apiece to complete a 32-ball fifty and eventually took Brisbane Heat to 206 for five in their 20 overs.

Dunk (85) gave Adelaide Strikers a head start when he scored four boundaries and a six in the first four overs. Weatherald (52) too joined the blitz as the duo scored 12 runs per over in the six overs of powerplay.

Dunk completed his fifty of 24 deliveries and few overs later Weatherald notched his half-century on debut as well and the score went to 133 for naught at the end of 11 overs.

With the required run rate coming down to eight, Adelaide Strikers lost both Dunk and Weatherald in successive overs bowled by Cutting (2-46) and Mark Steketee (3-32).

Even though, Brad Hodge (27) scored three boundaries, Adelaide Strikers lost four wickets and managed just 19 runs in the last three overs and were restricted to 196 for six in the 20 overs.

The 10-run win has taken Brisbane Heat to second position in the points table with McCullum named the man of the match.

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