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Twitter Reactions: Pattinson, Renshaw annihilate Adelaide Strikers

For the first time, the Heat defeated the Strikers at The Gabba.

James Pattinson. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

In the past BBL seasons, the Adelaide Strikers got the better of the Brisbane Heat on all the four instances at The Gabba However, Chris Lynn’s Heat have managed to turn the tables on their opponent, beating them by seven wickets with 28 balls to spare. James Pattinson inflicted carnage with the ball after which Matt Renshaw stepped up and completed the formalities with ease.

Pattinson blows away the Strikers

After winning the toss, the Strikers scored 48 runs in the powerplay, going at eight at over. But the visitors lost four wickets, all of which went to Pattinson. None of Phillip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head and Harry Nielsen could cross the double-digit mark. Matthew Short hit two fours before becoming Josh Lalor’s victim. In the eighth over, half the Strikers’ batting was already back in the hit.

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The visitors fell further apart as Pattinson got his fifth wicket in the form of the in-form Jonathan Wells. Michael Neser didn’t have much clue and got stumped of Mitchell Swepson. Rashid Khan fought hard, scoring 28 off 27 with a couple of fours and a six. His efforts took the Strikers to 110 in 19 overs. Ben Cutting brushed off the tail, getting the wickets of Peter Siddle and Liam O’Connor.

All too easy for the Heat

The Hosts got off to a horrid start as Michael Neser got rid of Chris Lynn for a golden duck. The Heat’s skipper tried to go downtown, but holed out to Salt. The Strikers introduced Rashid into the attack in the second over itself and the move paid dividends. The young leg-spinner castled Max Bryant to exert pressure on the opposition. But from there on, things went downhill for the Strikers.

Matt Renshaw (52*) and AB de Villiers (40) didn’t move their foot off the paddle. The duo put on 77 for the third wicket to fizzle out the Strikers’ hopes of a comeback. De Villiers got out to O’Connor, but by then the Heat needed 23 runs. Renshaw went on to score a half-century off 45 balls and saw his team through. With the thumping victory, the Heat have moved up to fourth in the points table.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the Heat’s victory

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