BBL 2014/15 1st Match: Adelaide cruise past Melbourne behind Ludeman’s record-breaking 92

Ludeman only took 18 balls to bring up his half-century

Ludeman only took 18 balls to bring up his half-century

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Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Ludeman started the 2014-15 Big Bash League (BBL) with a bang as he scored the fastest half-century in the tournament’s history to help his side cruise past the Melbourne Stars by eight wickets.

However, Melbourne batsman Kevin Pietersen deserves some credit for his valiant knock of 66.

Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White would have been mulling over his decision to bat first early on after he himself was caught by Brad Hodge at mid-off off the bowling of Ben Laughlin for six runs.

Pietersen and Luke Wright made up for the early loss of White with a 57-run partnership before Wright was caught by debutant Alex Ross at deep midwicket off the bowling of Johan Botha for 45.

Glenn Maxwell only made seven runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Adam Zampa.

David Hussey fared no better as he was caught by Hamish Kingston, who was the substitute fielder, at long-off off the bowling of Laughlin for eight runs.

James Faulkner mustered six runs before he was clean bowled by Kane Richardson.

Richardson struck again just three balls later when Pietersen was caught by Botha at deep midwicket.

Pietersen’s superb knock of 66 came off 46 balls and included two boundaries and four sixes.

Pietersen's gutsy knock of 66 went in vain

Pietersen’s gutsy knock of 66 went in vain

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Melbourne lost another wicket the very next ball when Clive Rose was run out for a diamond duck.

Thanks to Pietersen, Melbourne finished on 148/7 off their 20 overs.

Richardson and Laughlin picked up two wickets apiece, while Botha and Zampa chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 149 to win, Adelaide got off to a blazing start as Ludeman and Craig Simmons amassed an 83-run partnership, during which Ludeman brought up his half-century, before Simmons was caught by Wright at point off the bowling of John Hastings for 30.

Ludeman and Travis Head kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership before Head was caught by Pietersen at backward point off the bowling of Hastings for 22.

Ludeman ended up scoring 92 off 44 balls, which included nine boundaries and five sixes, as Adelaide reached their target with 45 balls to spare.

Hastings was the only bowler to take wickets, while the rest of the bowling attack were pulverised by Ludeman.

Ludeman was named Man of the Match for his breathtaking innings.

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