BBL 2013/14 Match 26: Heat burn Strikers behind Kieswetter’s half-century

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Kieswetter hammered 51 runs off 46 balls

England opening batsman Craig Kieswetter smashed a brilliant half-century to help the Brisbane Heat burn the Adelaide Strikers by 32 runs in a low-scoring affair at the Adelaide Oval.

Kieswetter was well supported by pace bowler Cameron Gannon, who took three wickets.

Heat captain James Hopes won the toss and chose to bat first.

However, his decision to do so backfired as opening batsman Joe Burns was caught by Phillip Hughes at short midwicket off the bowling of Michael Neser for only four runs.

Luke Pomersbach managed to make 20 runs before he was clean bowled by Johan Botha.

Botha struck again in his very next over as he cleaned up Chris Lynn for just three runs.

Kieswetter and Ben McDermott stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership, during which Kieswetter brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind of the bowling of Shaun Tait.

Kiewetter’s fantastic knock of 51 came off 46 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes.

The Heat finished on 129/7 off their 20 overs thanks to McDermott’s 30 off 26 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.

Tait, Neser and Botha all picked up two wickets apiece, while Kane Richardson chipped in with one.

Chasing a relatively straightforward target of 130 to win, the Strikers lost their top four batsmen for just 31 runs.

Nathan Reardon and wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman stemmed the bleeding with a 46-run partnership before Ludeman was caught behind off the bowling of Hopes for 22.

Following Ludeman’s dismissal, the Strikers’ collapse resumed and they were eventually skittled out for 97.

Reardon was the franchise’s top-scorer with 33 runs off 35 balls, which included three boundaries.

Gannon was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Hopes, Ryan Harris and Daniel Vettori claimed two wickets apiece and Mark Steketee chipped in with one.

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