Strikers storm Renegades to lock in home semi
24 January, 2018, 12:00 am
The Strikers were contained early, before import Colin Ingram provided exactly the acceleration Adelaide needed in the second half of their innings, with his explosive 68 from 36 balls the stand-out batting performance on Monday night.
The South African lived up to his nickname “The Bulldozer” as he tore apart the Renegades bowling attack, belting five sixes and four fours.
He shared a pivotal 88-run partnership with captain Travis Head before the latter departed for 58, before being dismissed himself on the penultimate ball of the innings.
Strikers captain Head returned to form with a rapid half-century and a crucial partnership with Ingram.
Released from the Australian ODI squad for the match, Head helped Adelaide accelerate after a watchful start as he scored 58 from 47, including four boundaries and two maximums.
Fellow Aussie ODI squad member Alex Carey was also handy in his return, scoring 32 from 24 and taking a hat-trick of catches.
The chase was out of the Renegades’ reach, but veteran Brad Hodge provided some late highlights of a blazing 30no from just 18 deliveries. His innings featured three sixes, including one that sailed right onto the top deck of Etihad Stadium.
Strikers Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald pulled off one of the all-time great boundary catches to send Dwayne Bravo on his way, with their unbelievable efforts handing Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan his second wicket of the evening — and weren’t the commentators up and about!
The score: Adelaide Strikers 5-173 (Ingram 68, Head 58, Bravo 2-30) defeated Melbourne Renegades 7-147 (Hodge 30no, Harris 25; Stanlake 2-22) by 26 runs