BBL 2018/19 50th Match: Renshaw powers Heat past the Strikers

Matt Renshaw 90 not out Brisbane Heat Adelaide Strikers Big Bash League BBL 50th Match cricket

Matt Renshaw was named Man of the Match for his game-winning 90 not out

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Matt Renshaw kept the Brisbane Heat’s semi-finals hopes alive as his unbeaten 90 helped his side cruise past the Adelaide Strikers by six wickets.

Choosing to bowl first, the Heat got their first breakthrough on the sixth ball of the match as Strikers opener Jake Weatherald was caught by Heat captain Chris Lynn at short third man off the bowling of Renshaw for one run.

Jake Lehmann failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Alex Ross at deep backward point off the bowling of Josh Lalor for a golden duck.

Alex Carey, who opened the batting with Weatherald, managed to make 24 before he was caught by Mitchell Swepson at cover off the bowling of Ben Cutting.

Strikers skipper Colin Ingram and Jonathan Wells added 43 runs to the score before Ingram was caught by Brendon McCullum at deep midwicket off the bowling of Lalor for 28.

Wells went on to score 30 before he was clean bowled by Swepson.

With Harry Nielsen, Rashid Khan, Cameron Valente and Michael Neser scoring 21, 19, 19 not out and 18 respectively, the Strikers finished on 176/8.

Lalor was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jack Prestwidge snapped up two, and Renshaw, Cutting and Swepson chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 177 to win, the Heat lost Cutting on the fifth ball as he was caught by Rashid off the bowling of Peter Siddle for one run.

Lynn failed to have an impact at all as he was caught behind off the bowling of Valente for a duck.

Max Bryant was the next to go as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Siddle for 10 runs.

McCullum and Renshaw stabilised the innings with a 122-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before McCullum was given out lbw off the bowling of Rashid for a 39-ball 51, which included six boundaries and a six.

Renshaw and Ross led the Heat to victory with eight balls to spare as they forged an unbeaten 40-run stand.

Renshaw ended up making 90, which came off 50 balls and included nine boundaries and four sixes, while Ross remained undefeated on 25, which came off 13 deliveries and included a boundary and two sixes.

Siddle was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Valente and Rashid claimed one wicket each.

Renshaw was named Man of the Match.

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