Perth: Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes comfortably defeated their opponents. Michael Klinger & Hilfenhaus proved to be ethical for their respective teams.
3rd Match: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades:
In the 3rd match of KFC Big Bash League 2011-12, Adelaide Strikers outclassed Melbourne Renegades by 67 runs. It was Renegades who won the toss and decided to field. Harris and Klinger of Strikers started positively and scored 49 and 46 runs respectively.
The middle order then fried the Renegades bowlers. Shaun Tait was bowling at his full pace, batsmen took complete use of it and hit him everywhere. Credit goes to Borgas who smashed 2 balls of Tait’s over for SIX and 2 for FOURS. 25 runs in that over were conceded by the Strikers.
Two fast bowlers of Renegades, Tait and Nanes went for 41 and 38 runs respectively in their 3, 3 overs. Shahid Afridi was the only one with best economy, he bowled 4 overs for 27 runs but remained unlucky in the wicket’s column. Aaron Heal bagged 2 wickets whereas Abdul Razzaq, Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait took 1 wicket each.
Adelaide Strikers scored 189/5 in 20.0 overs. The score was too much to chase for Melbourne Renegades although their line-up was full of explosives.
In reply, Renegades lost their both opening batsmen in the first 5 overs. BOOM BOOM Afridi was promoted up for showing some firework but he was caught at the score of 9.
Glenn Maxwell (46) and Andrew Donald (35) were the only two batsmen who at least tried. Superb bowling by the bowlers of Adelaide forced Renegades to stop their march at the score of 122.
Kane Richardson bagged 3 wickets, Johan Botha and Aaron O’Brien took 2 wickets each and Nathan Lyon took 1 wicket.
Result: Adelaide Strikers won by 67 runs.
Man Of The Match: Michael Klinger (Adelaide Strikers).
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4th Match: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes:
On the other hand, Hurricanes won the toss and chose to bat first. Ricky Ponting who is out-of-form in tests, here scored 17 runs off 19 balls before getting out. Jaques was the other opener who scored 18 runs off 19 balls.
Travis Brit was the only one in that line-up who struggled hard and scored 40 runs off 30 balls. Owais Shah and skipper Tom Triffitt scored 24 and 20 runs. The last 5 batsmen of Hurricanes went back to pavilion without entering into double figures.
Hobart Hurricanes scored 140/10 in 20.0 overs. Ben Edmondson was the lucky one to get 4 wickets for 40 runs in 4 overs. Hogg, Marsh and Beer took 1 wicket each.
When Perth came in to chase with very strong line-up. Herschelle Gibbs failed to make an impact and got out at the score of 2. Marcus North also didn’t bother too much as he went back to pavilion at the score of 18.
Simon Katich, Michael Hussey and Paul Collingwood were the next culprit who got out at the score of 8, 0 & 4 respectively.
Hobart was down to 5 at the end of first 10.1 overs. Mitchell Marsh came up with some resistance and scored 35 runs. Wicketkeeper Ronchi (13) and Rimmington (22) also contributed in the scorecard with some precious runs.
Perth Scorchers was wrapped up in 19.5 overs at 109. Hilfenhaus was the one who started the things for Hurricanes, he bowled 4 overs for 10 runs and took 2 wickets. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan also took 2 wickets but for 27 in 3.5 overs. Krejza, Lockyear, Doherty and Laughin shared 4 wickets (1 each).
Result: Hobart Hurricanes won by 31 runs.
Man Of The Match: Ben Hilfenhaus (Hobart Hurricanes).