Hobart Hurricanes had 5-14 from Dan Christian and explosive batting from openers Short & Paine to thank in an 8 wicket win over Adelaide Strikers.
Strikers, asked to bat first, made 143 as skipper Brad Hodge top scored with 55 from 45 balls. The 42-year-old has suggested that this will be his last Big Bash, but his three sixes and middle-order stability would be a huge loss to Adelaide if he does not reconsider.
Ben Dunk had looked set to make a serious impression as he sent Simon Milenko for 20 runs from his first five balls. But Milenko’s sixth was a perfect yorker and Dunk’s stumps were splattered and he was on his way for 31.
Player of the Match Dan Christian picked up three wickets in the last over of the innings to end with a five wicket haul that stands as the second-best figures in Big Bash history. Prior to this game Christian had not bowled in the tournament, but now sits just above Sean Abbott’s five wicket haul on New Year’s Eve and behind Lasith Malinga’s BBL02 6-7 for the Melbourne Stars.
Hobart Hurricanes chased down the Strikers’ total with 14 balls to spare. Tim Paine added a steady 41 from 42 balls tonight as he played the perfect foil to Short in a 105-run opening stand. Paine moves top of the tournament’s run-scoring charts.
But it was Short who grabbed the attention in what is fast becoming a stellar Big Bash for the left-hander. He made 60 in 39 balls, which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. Short took a liking to Michael Neser taking 13 runs from just one ball. He was crashed into the stands twice, but with the second delivery a no-ball and the resulting free hit going for a single, the run-rate was given an almighty boost.
The two sides meet again in Adelaide on Friday in what will be a mist win game for Jason Gillespie’s outfit. There can be no mistakes from hereon if another semi-final appearance is to beckon.
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