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Klinger hammered 86 runs off 55 balls
Michael Klinger smashed an unbeaten 86 to lead the Adelaide Strikers to a six-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers and put them on top of the Big Bash League (BBL) table.
Klinger was well supported by pace bowler Michael Neser, who took three wickets.
Scorchers captain Simon Katich won the toss and elected to bat first.
However, his decision to do so backfired as opening batsman Shaun Marsh was run out for just two runs.
Katich and wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman made up for the early loss of Marsh with a brilliant 57-run partnership before Whiteman was caught by Ben Oakley at deep square leg off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 19.
Katich ended up making 36 before he was caught by Oakley at backward point off the bowling of Neser.
Katich’s dismissal led to the Scorchers’ middle and lower order collapsing.
The only exception was pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who smashed 42 off 25 balls, which included three boundaries and sixes, to lead the Scorchers to 159/9 at the end of their 20 overs.
Neser picked up three wickets, while Zampa and Shaun Tait snapped up two wickets apiece.
Chasing 160 to win, the Strikers got off to a solid start as Klinger and Alex Hales put together a 44-run partnership before Hales was caught by Katich at mid-on off the bowling of Yasir Arafat for 31.
Following Hales’ dismissal, the Strikers lost Phillip Hughes, Johan Botha and Callum Ferguson in quick succession.
However, Klinger stood tall amongst the rubble and launched one last offensive against the Scorchers to lead the Strikers to victory.
Klinger finished unbeaten on 86 off 55 balls, which included five boundaries and four sixes.
Coulter-Nile was the most successful bowler for the Scorchers as he claimed two wickets, while Arafat and Michael Beer chipped in with one wicket apiece.