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Lumb scored his second consecutive half-century in the BBL
England batsman Michael Lumb struck a sparkling half-century to lead the Sydney Sixers to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.
Lumb was well supported by pace bowler Josh Hazlewood, who took three wickets.
Strikers captain Phillip Hughes won the toss and elected to bat first.
However, his decision to do so backfired in the worst possible way as the Strikers lost their top four batsmen for just 32 runs.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Nathan Reardon stemmed the bleeding with a vital 80-run partnership before Al Hasan was caught by Steve O’Keefe at midwicket off the bowling of Hazlewood.
Al Hasan’s fantastic knock of 46 came off 30 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes.
Reardon ended up making 43 off 29 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six, as the Strikers posted a score of 149/7 at the end of the their 20 overs.
Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while O’Keefe, Josh Lalor and Marcus North chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 150 to win, the Sixers got off to a poor start as opening batsman Nic Maddinson was caught by Michael Neser off the bowling of Shaun Tait for a duck.
Sixers captain Moises Henriques managed to score 26 runs before being given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.
Lumb scored a magnificent 54 off 41 balls, which included one boundary and five sixes, before he was caught by Hughes to become Al Hasan’s second victim of the day.
North amassed 38 runs before being caught by Reardon at mid-off off the bowling of Kane Richardson.
England all-rounder Ravi Bopara’s smashed 23 off 19 balls, which included two boundaries, to lead the Sixers to victory.
Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Tait and Richardon picked up one wicket apiece.