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Sydney Sixers win by 6 wickets

Strikers vs Sydney Sixers

Big Bash League: Sydney Sixers comfortably defeat Adelaide Strikers

Michael Lumb: Was the top-scoring batsman in the match

Sydney Sixers climbed into second place in the Big Bash League table after recording a six-wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat at the Adelaide Oval, but their total of 149-7 always looked a little on the small side.

England international Michael Lumb put the Sixers' chase on course, smashing five sixes as he hit 54 from 41 balls to keep the hosts comfortably ahead of the required run rate.

After the opener was dismissed in the 14th over the scoring slowed but fellow Englishman Ravi Bopara (23 not out) and Marcus North (38) brought home the victory.

Sydney were in control from the start as the home side lost four wickets in the opening seven overs, England batsman Alex Hales (8) among those to fall cheaply at the top of the order.

Nathan Reardon (43) and Shakib Al Hasan (46) steadied the ship with a fifth-wicket stand of 80, the pair scoring at faster than a run a ball despite the precarious position.

Neither managed to reach a half-century as the economical Josh Hazlewood (3-16) cleaned up the middle order to leave the Strikers stuttering again at the finish.

Sydney lost Nic Maddinson for a duck early in their chase but Lumb and Moises Henriques (36), who were both dropped early on by the Strikers, kept things moving along nicely.

The Sixers still had some work to do with 37 runs required from the last four overs, but back-to-back sixes from North effectively spelled the end for Adelaide's hopes.

In the end it was Bopara who hit the winning runs, a drive through the covers for four off the first ball of the final over.

Match Details

Date
5th Jan 2014
Toss
Adelaide Strikers won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Adelaide Oval
Umpires
S D Fry, S J Nogajski
TV Umpire
D B Mealey
Match Referee
R W Stratford
Reserve Umpire
C Thomas

sydney sixers BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M.J. Lumb c Hughes b Al Hasan 54
N.J. Maddinson c Neser b Tait 0
M.C. Henriques lbw Al Hasan 26
M.J. North c Reardon b Richardson 38
R.S. Bopara Not out 23
J.C. Silk Not out 4
Extras 4w, 1lb 5
Total 19.1 Overs 150 - 4
Full Batting Card

strikers BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
K.W. Richardson 3.1 0 29 1
S.W. Tait 4 0 34 1
M.G. Neser 4 0 19 0
Al Hasan 4 0 21 2
A. Zampa 3 0 29 0
N.J. Reardon 1 0 17 0
Full Bowling Card