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Thunder Fall Short against Strikers

07 January 2018

A fine bowling display from the Strikers

The Thunder welcomed the Adelaide Strikers to Spotless stadium, looking for revenge after a loss at the Adelaide Oval. The Thunder side was unchanged, looking to leapfrog their opposition into the top 4. Travis Head won the toss for the Strikers and elected to bat first.

Openers Carey and Weatherald looked to be aggressive from the beginning and it took until the end of the 4th over for the Thunder to take the first wicket with the score on 29, Sandhu making the breakthrough, removing Weatherald for 15. Thunder continued to take gradual wickets with Fawad Ahmed the main enforcer, returning figures of 3-31 from his 4 overs.

The key moment in the innings was probably when Ingram was given not out when struck on the pad off the bowling of Nair, with replays showing it would have gone on to hit the stumps. This was when Ingram was in single figures, however he went on to make an impressive 48 from 31 deliveries including 4 maximums. Khan struck two maximums at the end to take the Strikers score to 7/158.

Thunder openers Buttler and Patterson knew they would need to get a start and they did just that finishing the powerplay with the score 0/42 despite a Siddle maiden. However in the next over Buttler was bowled by Khan after a number of dot balls and departed for 21. This brought Watto to the crease but himself and KP struggled to find the boundary as regularly as they would’ve liked, which was largely down to a lot of good bowling from the Strikers.

After a build-up of pressure, KP smashed one straight down the throat of deep-square and left for 29. It was at this point that the Thunder began to have a collapse. Watto picked out long-on when on 14 and after that only Rohrer provided any resistance, smashing 23 off one over including 3 maximums. When he was dismissed in the next over for 29 the victory had all but slipped away and the Thunder finished on 9/133, losing by 25 runs.