The Hobart Hurricanes have claimed a crucial eight-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers, to climb to fourth on the Big Bash table.
All-rounder Dan Christian led the charge for the home side, finishing with figures of 5-14 in a brilliant bowling display. Christian’s figures are the second best in BBL history, behind Sri Lankan bowler and former Melbourne Star, Lasith Malinga, who claimed figures of 6-7.
Hobart won the toss and elected to bowl, restricting the Strikers to 143 off their 20 overs.
The Strikers looked set for a big total, racing to 0-40 inside the opening four overs, before three quick wickets in the space of four balls dramatically stemmed the flow of runs.
That brought captain Brad Hodge to the crease, who hit a marvelous half-century, however, he ran out of partners as the visitors struggled to get the run rate going again.
Christian took three wickets off the final over the innings to bowl the Strikers out for 143 with the final ball, as they managed just two runs off the last over.
Tim Paine (41 from 42) and Darcy Short (60 from 39) then started the run chase in brilliant fashion for the Hurricanes, sharing in a 105 run opening partnership from 12 overs.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and Australian international, George Bailey, then finished off the win, guiding the hosts home with 14 balls to spare.
3. Dan Christian (Hurricanes)
Finished with outstanding figures of 5-14 from four overs, including three wickets in the final over to restrict the Strikers to just 143.
2. Darcy Short (Hurricanes)
Short’s brilliant form in BBL06 continued with another half-century. Set the tone for the innings for the Hurricanes and ensured the game was as good as won inside the opening 10 overs.
- Brad Hodge (Strikers)