Dunk struck a six and a four off Stuart Broad’s opening over and took the atttack to the Hurricanes to ease any Strikers’ nerves. He belted Clive Rose and D’Arcy Short into the packed Adelaide Oval stands, racing his way to a half-century. He was handed a life by Broad on 54 and while wickets fell around him, Dunk never looked hassled as he saw the Strikers home with 10 balls to spare, finishing unbeaten on 79 off 49 deliveries.
Dan Christian continued his impressive series with the ball claiming 2-24, but no one could stop the Dunk assault and the Strikers got home with 10 balls to spare.
Adelaide had never looked back after winning the toss and reducing Hobart to 30 for five after 31 balls. Tim Paine, D’Arcy Short fell quickly before Kumar Sangakkara’s poor BBL campaign continued, brilliantly caught by Liam O’Connor for 3. Dan Christian was trapped lbw with Billy Stanlake’s very next ball and the bowler was on a hat-trick, which was denied him by the bat of Jon Wells. George Bailey was the fifth man to go and the Hurricanes were reeling.
That Hobart recovered to post 161 for eight in their 20 overs was thanks mainly to an unbeaten 67 from all-rounder Beau Webster. He shared a stand of 89 with Wells to give his side hope, his 43-ball knock including 6 fours and a six. Wells contribution was 55 in 37 balls, while Chris Jordan finished with figures of 3-24 and Stanlake’s two wickets came at a cost of 39 runs.
Dunk’s heroics against his former side have kept the Strikers tournament hopes alive. Adelaide now travel to Melbourne where the take on the Stars at the MCG on Thursday. Meanwhile the Hurricanes host Sydney Thunder at Blundstone arena on Sunday.
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