STA vs STR: Melbourne Stars powered a thumping victory over Adelaide Strikers in their recently concluded pool stage fixture in Victoria. With this victory, Melbourne Stars put an end to their losing streak and kept their chances to sustain their fortunes in the championship. Meanwhile, Adelaide Strikers continue to cruise at the third position in the standings.
Winning the toss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Stars skipper Adam Zampa made a splendid decision to bowl first. Batting first, Adelaide Strikers fell prey to a decisive Melbourne Stars bowling attack and were bundled out for a mere total of 108 in their first innings.
Adelaide Strikers were off to a sluggish start as opening batsmen Matt Short (20) and Ryan Gibson (10) failed to hold the crease. Wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals as Strikers failed to capitalize on their batting attack.
Apart from Harry Nielsen (40) and Adam Hose (21), no other Adelaide batsmen managed to score a noteworthy knock. Ace batsman Chris Lynn continued with his disappointing stint as he was dismissed for 1.
For Melbourne Stars, Nathan Coulter Nile (3/17) starred in the bowling attack with his cunning spell. Skipper Zampa (2/20) and Liam Hatcher (2/18) were also convincing in their bowling approach whereas Luke Wood (1/33) and Clint Hinchliffe (1/14) chipped in a wicket apiece.
STA vs STR: Stars made a mockery of Strikers Bowling Attack to register a much-awaited win
Chasing a meager total of 109, Melbourne Stars was off to a scintillating start as opening batsman Joe Clarke (35) and Tim Rogers (51)* anchored a sizzling match-winning partnership of 77 runs for the first wicket. Hilton Cartwright (16)* staged his cameo to help Stars scale the target in just 14.3 overs.
The lone wicket for Adelaide Strikers was in the form of a runout that was executed by Ryan Gibson. No bowlers succeeded in claiming a wicket as Striker’s bowling attack failed terribly. Strikers will now take on Brisbane Heat in their upcoming game whereas Stars will take on their arch-rivals Melbourne Renegades.