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Sydney Sixers pace bowler Sean Abbott performed exceptionally well with the ball as he took a five-wicket haul, but it was not enough to see his side to victory as the Adelaide Strikers triumphed by 48 runs.
Choosing to bowl first, the Sixers removed Strikers opener Jake Weatherald for 18, but captain Brad Hodge and wicketkeeper Ben Dunk steadied the innings with a 54-run partnership.
It was Abbott who provided the breakthrough for the Sixers as he sent Dunk packing for 37 before taking two wickets in successive deliveries in his next over. Hodge was the first to go for 36 before Travis Head followed after scoring just seven runs.
The Strikers began to crumble after Abbott’s double strike, but the 24-year-old was not done there as he sent Chris Jordan and debutant Tom Andrews back to the pavilion for 18 and two respectively.
Thanks to a quickfire 29 from Kieron Pollard, the Strikers ended up finishing on 152/9 off their 20 overs.
Abbott was easily the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Ben Dwarshuis snapped up two and William Somerville chipped in with one.
Chasing 153 to win, the Sixers were in trouble right from the get-go and quickly found themselves sinking fast as they were reduced to 64/7 in the 13th over.
Sam Billings made a valiant 40, which came off 30 balls and included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was brilliantly caught and bowled by England compatriot Jordan.
Once Billings was gone, the Sixers’ resistance fizzled out and they ended up being skittled out for a dismal 104.
Billy Stanlake was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Jordan, Ben Laughlin and Liam O’Connor took two wickets apiece. Head, meanwhile, claimed one.
Abbott was named Man of the Match.