Daniel Christian's five-for strike out Adelaide
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
14th Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Jan 2, 2017, Cricket Highlights.
“Cricket is a funny game” and in today’s match between the Hurricanes and Strikers, the said idiom was proved once again.
The teams were coming into this match with drastic results in their last matches. While Hobart suffered a drubbing at the hands of McCullum and Co., Adelaide registered a thumping win against the Sixers. If we take their last’s match performance into consideration, then Adelaide Strikers had a slightly upper hand over the Hobart Hurricanes. But the Hurricanes had the advantage of playing at home and they made use of the conditions to very good effect.
Although they conceded quite a few runs in the initial overs with Ben Dunk going gaga over the bowlers, they made a really good comeback in the middle overs. Talking about Dunk, he was particularly severe on the likes of Simon Milenko and thrashed him for 2 sixes and 2 fours in one over. Fortunately for Milenko, he was able to get the better of the opener on the last ball of the same over and sent him packing for 31.
The Strikers, then, lost the wickets of Jonathan Dean and Jake Weatherald in the next two overs and were reduced to 48/3 at the end of the powerplay. This brought the duo of Travis Head and Brad Hodge at the crease with the responsibility of reviving the innings. They did it pretty well and were going at a decent rate as they managed to take their team’s total close to the 100-run mark.
Just when it looked like that the pair has decided to switch the gears, they lost the wicket of Head and had to once again play the catching game. The Hurricanes’ bowlers were able to tighten the grip on the match as they continued to ball economically and picked up wickets at the same time. The only player from the Strikers’ team, who was able to offer some sort of resistance was their skipper Brad Hodge. He once again batted brilliantly and single-handedly led his team’s fight against a compact looking bowling attack.
At the end of 19 overs, the Strikers managed to reach the score of 142 mainly due to the efforts of their captain. With Hodge still out there, they would have expected to score somewhere around 150-155, but that wasn’t the case. It was an excellent over from Dan Christian, who gave away just 1 run and picked up 3 wickets to finish with career-best figures of 4-0-14-5.
The Hurricanes’ openers were off to a cautious start as they didn’t take too many risks and tried to play the ball on its merit. However, once they got settled, they played some terrific shots to get the scoreboard moving. The dangerous D’Arcy Short, then, decided to end the powerplay with a bang as he targeted Chris Jordan and scored 15 runs off the last over (of the powerplay).
Tim Paine, who was going quietly at the other end, finally decided to open his shoulders as he thrashed the leg-spinner O’Connor for a six and a four. However, the over that completely took the game away from Strikers was the one from Michael Neser. It was in this over, when Short went berserk and thrashed the bowler for 3 gigantic hits, one of which landed over the roof. Jeez, that was some ball-striking!
The Hurricanes now needed only 44 to get from 9 overs and with all 10 wickets in hand, they were the firm favourites to win this contest. Even though Short (60) and Paine (41) were dismissed, the Hurricanes had no problem in crossing the finishing line, as they won the match by 8 wickets.
- Tim Paine (c & wk)
- D'Arcy Short
- Kumar Sangakkara
- George Bailey
- Daniel Christian
- Jonathan Wells
- Beau Webster
- Simon Milenko
- Cameron Boyce
- Clive Rose
- Stuart Broad
- Brad Hodge (c)
- Jake Weatherald
- Ben Dunk (wk)
- Travis Head
- Jonathon Dean
- Kieron Pollard
- Chris Jordan
- Michael Neser
- Ben Laughlin
- Liam O'Connor
- Billy Stanlake