Adelaide Strikers missed out on a chance to spring a major surprise in their last game when they lost to Sydney Sixers in a game that went down to the wire, for which they owed their Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan big time.
Defending a small total of 147, Adelaide had all but lost the game to the two-time defending champions when a superb 17th over by Rashid Khan threatened to turn the game on its head. He gave away just three runs and picked up two wickets on as many balls to change the match equation from 33 needed off 24 balls to 30 needed off 18.
Unfortunately for the Strikers, Sean Abbott’s cameo of 10-ball 19 turned the game back into the Sixers’ favour and consigned the Strikers to their third defeat in four games.
Through the first four games, mediocre batting has been a constant theme for Adelaide. They’re not exactly flopping but they are also not managing to go beyond the 150s — a range that is never enough against top teams.
Like Adelaide, Brisbane too have only won one of their four matches but the two sides have a three-point difference, thanks to the multiple bonus points Adelaide have collected so far.
In their last game, which was a sizable defeat to Sydney Thunder, the Heat bowling was abysmal as they conceded 196 — a score their middling batting was never going to get near, and it didn’t as they lost by 53 runs.
Chris Lynn fell on the third ball of the innings and the Heat never stabilized after that and were soon 15-5, with the match effectively over and a gargantuan defeat staring them in the face.
That they only lost by 53, in the end, owed massively to a 79-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Xavier Bartlett (42*) and Mark Sketee (33).
For Brisbane, their batting is their Achilles heel. Until they solve this, we can continue to expect such abysmal overall performances.