BBL 10 ADS vs MLR Highlights: Adelaide Strikers win by 60 runs
ADS - 171/5 (20 overs) | MLR 111 All-out (19.1 overs)
MOM - Ryan Gibson
In the 29th league game of the BBL 10 season, Adelaide Strikers vanquish the bottom-placed Melbourne Renegades by 60 runs in Adelaide. With this comfortable win, the Strikers move up to the fourth spot in the BBL points table. While Aaron Finch-led Renegades are collapsed badly and just managed to 111 all-out in 19.1 overs. Mackenzie Harvey and Harper chipped in with their respective thirties but couldn't enough to seal a victory and bundled out for a paltry.
The Renegades continue to languish at the bottom place having suffered their seventh loss this season. Moreover, this is the fifth consecutive defeat in the last five outings and from thereon, Finch and Co have minimal chances to qualify for the semis. MLR has won a single BBL game and currently, they have the worst NRR among all BBL teams which is - 2.909.
Opted to bat first, the Strikers didn't have the greatest of starts as the team was struggling at 72/4 after 11 overs. However, Ryan Gibson and Jake Weatherald have a match-winning partnership of 96 runs that helped the Strikers to post a stiff total. Gibson also named as 'Player of the Match' for his 'career-defining' knock lower down the order.
Weatherald played a blitz cameo down the order (51 off just 25 balls) studded with five fours and four sixes. Gibson finished with a flurry of boundaries to propelled his side to 171/5 in 20 overs. For Renegades, Imad Wasim and Kane Richardson grabbed a couple of wickets each.
''It was a nice little period for me. Good to spend some time out in the middle which I haven't done much lately. It was about playing proper cricketing shots as we knew it was a good batting surface. It (the season) has been a bit of a whirlwind and great to be part of this team. In the class that we have with our bowlers, we know we can defend anything. Playing at home in front of our home crowd is massive, hopefully, this is the jump-start we needed to go deep in the tournament,'' said Gibson during the presentation.