Twitter Reactions: Adelaide Strikers outsmart Scorchers; climb to the second position
Philip Salt also smcaked a brilliant fifty against Perth Scorchers.
Updated - Jan 24, 2020 8:14 pm
Perth Scorchers came face to face against Adelaide Strikers in the 51st game of BBL. The fans might have expected an enthralling encounter but that was not the case. The hosts’ lost the match by a margin of 16 runs. Wes Agar and Philip Salt helped their side in winning their fourth consecutive game in the ongoing tournament.
After winning the toss, Strikers elected to bat and their openers helped them in getting off to a flying start. Jake Weatherald (35 runs off 24 balls) and Philip Salt (59 runs off 31 balls) stitched a brilliant partnership of 71 runs for the first wicket. However, the dangerous stand was broken by Ashton Agar as he dismissed Weatherald in the eighth over of the innings. The right-handed batsman played a lofted stroke due to which he was brilliantly caught by Cameron Bancroft.
Travis Head also contributed well and he mustered 35 runs for his side. Every batsman in visitors’ batting line-up muscled some good runs with their bat that helped their side in successfully posting a mammoth total of 181 runs for a loss of five wickets in stipulated 20 overs. For Scorchers, Matthew Kelly and Ashton Agar shared two wickets each. Chris Jordan also grabbed one wicket for his team.
Livingstone’s valiant fight in the chase
Coming onto the chase, the hosts’ got off to a poor start as they lost their in-form opener Josh Inglis. The right-handed batsman tried to smash a six over mid-off but he failed to connect the ball well with the bat and he was caught by Michael Neser. On the other hand, Liam Livingstone set the stage on fire with his brilliant batting. He played a blistering knock of 79 runs off 54 balls studded with seven sixes and one boundary.
However, he didn’t get much support from the other end from his teammates. Jhye Richardson played a cameo of 16 runs off four balls but that was not enough to help his side in winning the game. None of the other batsmen managed to pull off a decent knock with the bat due to which Scorchers’ had to suffer a defeat by a margin of 16 runs.
The fans were hopeful that Livingstone might take the match away from Strikers’ but that was not the case. He failed to read the slower delivery bowled by Wes Agar and went for a six but ended up giving a simple catch to Jake Weatherald at deep mid-wicket. In the end, Strikers registered a convincing win by a margin of 16 runs.
Wes Agar was awarded Man of the Match for his match-winning performance with the ball. He registered brilliant bowling figures of 3/36. Adelaide Strikers win against Perth Scorchers helped them in grabbing two important points that took them to the second position in the league table with 17 points.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 24, 2020
Wes agar out preforming his brother #BBL09
— seshclowns 6-2 (@JackTrim4) January 24, 2020
— Boris Kilpatrick (@BorisABLBuzz) January 24, 2020
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBLofficials) January 24, 2020
Wes Agar, goldenarm. #BBL09
— Neil Tague (@NeilTague) January 24, 2020
Philip Salt departs for 59 !!
-His 3rd BBL half-century.
— SreejithNair (@sree_state_stat) January 24, 2020
— Cricket Central (@cricketcentral) January 24, 2020
Why Ashton Agar still playing cricket? Anybody have an idea about this?
— 🇫🇱🇴🇵🇵🇾 🇭🇦🇹🇸🇦🇺 (@HatsFloppy) January 24, 2020
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) January 24, 2020
Apart from Livingstone every other player was way below average. Both Ashton’s looked like they’re still on holiday in India! Be very lucky to make finals and to be honest don’t deserve to. Far too many woeful displays.
— Milts (@milts99) January 24, 2020
As for the Scorchers, it was again their batting that let them down, but Livingstone's 79 was a lone light. Sunday's game against the Thunder is a must win, victory will put them into the elimination final, a loss will put them out of the season.#BBL #BBL09
— Paul Persic (@Paul_Persic97) January 24, 2020
6 4s in 20 overs. The drop of Salt and 3 missed run outs. Someone other than Inglis and Livingstone needs to step up
— Tyrone Daniels (@tjdaniels88) January 24, 2020
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) January 24, 2020