BBL 10 SYT vs ADS Highlights: Adelaide Strikers won by 6 runs
Brief Score: ADS - 159/6 (Head 31, Weatherald 31; Doggett 2/21, Milne 1/6*)
SYT - 153/7 (18.4 overs) (Khawaja 36, Cutting 24* Neser 2/17, Siddle 2/22)
Man of the Match - Peter Siddle
At the business end of the tournament, Adelaide Strikers pulled a thriller by defeating their arch-rivals Sydney Thunders by just 6 runs at Adelaide Oval. The Strikers held their nerve to defend 159 to push Thunder down to the fourth spot in a tight race to the knockouts. Meanwhile, a win would have ensured the Thunder become the second team to secure their spot in the playoffs. For a while, it seemed a reality but didn't turn out and eventually fell 6 runs short of Strikers' challenging total.
Sydney Thunder will look back at a couple of decisions that cost Ferguson and co. First, the decision to go for the Bash boost, they ended up losing both well-set batsmen in the form of skipper Callum Ferguson alongside Usman Khawaja. Next, Peter Siddle bowled three dots, the pressure got to Alex Ross, and then came the catch of the tournament from ADS fieldsman Jake Weatherlard, setting them further back.
Ben Cutting did his best, but he was unable to prevent the Strikers from romping home. A costly loss for Thunder with the Strikers going past them, with 28 points. The two teams will meet once again tomorrow and it will be more of the same.
Credit to Thunder' bowlers especially Adam Milne (1/6 in 4 overs), who used the pitch well, mixing up their pace and length, and cramping the batsmen for runs. Take a look at his second-most economical spell in BBL history. For Thunder, Doggett picked apiece while Milne has picked one wicket but he concedes only 6 runs.
Earlier, Adelaide Strikers won the toss and opted to bat, from openers Alex Carey and Weatherald to No. 5 batsman Ryan Gibson, all got good starts but no one couldn't capitalize on a big score. Some chipped into the thirties (a trio of 31) and some into well-made twenties. Their bowlers did a fine job of first securing the bonus point to push SYT further on the backfoot and leave them empty-handed.