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184/6 (20)
178/6 (20)
STR won by 6 runs.
Player of the match: Ian Cockbain
 
That'll be all then from this encounter but there is no dearth to cricketing action with South Africa and India battling it out at Cape Town in the third ODI. Do switch tabs and follow our coverage of that game here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this clash, one which we hope you enjoyed as much as we did bringing to you. On behalf of my good friend and co-commentator Pratyush Rohra, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha once again reminding you to mask up and get yourselves vaccinated in case you haven't already. Goodbye and take care!
Ian Cockbain (Player of the match): It's gone all well. Always nice getting a few runs. The feeling is amazing. Winning six in a row. Momentum is huge and we've got all of it now. Hopefully, we can keep it going. We defended really well in the last couple of games. To get the call-up and do well, to contribute to the game has been fun. 
Adelaide Strikers 184/6 in 20 overs, beat Sydney Thunder 178/6 (Jason Sangha 61 off 43 balls, Alex Ross 56 off 39 balls, Harry Conway 2/33 off 4 overs) by 6 runs.

Usman Khawaja wears a dejected look on his face. A lot will be said and spoken about that catch that was touch and go. That said, the Thunder had the chase under their control and will rue having let that one slip away. They would probably look back at the timing of the Power Surge, leaving it as late as the 17th over and when Peter Siddle gets his yorkers right, there's no escaping those is there?

The Thunder were going about their work in a solid manner in the Powerplay, despite losing Alex Hales early on. However, a spin stifle courtesy Matt Short and Fawad Ahmed pushed them to the wall, raising the asking rate to over 10 an over. Khawaja's dismissal against the run of play made matters worse although two outstandingly adept players of spin in Jason Sangha and Alex Ross then took over.

The asking rate continued to remain within reach as Sangha and Ross went about their business in a swift manner with authentic strokes. Both notched up half-centuries although it was surprising to see the Power Surge not taken early on.

That would come back to bite the Thunder with Siddle nipping both Sangha and Daniel Sams in the bud in the 17th over. Siddle returned to deliver an impeccable penultimate over to leave Harry Conway with 14 to defend off the last and he did so upon holding his nerve to take the Strikers through.

This result has now taken the Strikers' winning streak to six and the Sydney Sixers will have a task and a half on their hand in haulting this juggernaut on Australia Day. Spare a moment for the Thunder though - that's two seasons on the trot that they've narrowly missed out on a spot in the top two and yet again, they've come up short in the Knockout. This will surely hurt them despite having a magnificent campaign overall.
Matt Renshaw: A very good win. A bit disappointed he didn't get the hat-trick. I was quite nervous at deep square in the last over. It's probably one of the nerviest games I've played in the BBL. 
Oh nearly! So nearly a hat-trick for Harry Conway but the smiles are wide on the faces of the Strikers. They've fought brilliantly tonight and deservedly so, they've earned flight tickets to the SCG to take on the defending champions Sydney Sixers for a spot in the summit clash. Adelaide Strikers win by 6 runs and qualify for the Challenger!
20
overs
178 /6 score
1lb
4
0
W
W
2
runs
cricket bat icon Ben Cutting
16 (10)
cricket bat icon Nathan McAndrew *
2 (1)
cricket ball icon Harry Conway
2 /33
19.6 Harry Conway to Nathan McAndrew, DROPPED! No hat-trick for Conway but the Adelaide Strikers are into the final three! Good length slower delivery as McAndrew looks to swing for the fences. Almost finds deep mid-wicket fielder, who was diving forward as he did all the hard work to get there but couldn't hold onto it. That doesn't matter. The Strikers are ecstatic. Adelaide Strikers stretch their unbeaten run to 6 games with a 6 wicket win.
Harry Conway is on a hat-trick. Can we see a fairytale end to this clash?
Matthew Gilkes, LHB, comes to the crease. He will be at the non-striker's end.
THAT IS THE GAME! The Strikers have a foot and a half in the Challenger now. All Conway has to do is bowl a legal delivery and that'll do. Heartbreak in yet another Knockout for the Thunder as a despondent Cutting trudges off.
19.5 Harry Conway to Ben Cutting, CUTTING HOLES OUT! The Adelaide Strikers have one foot into the next round! Good length slower delivery this time. In the slot, somewhat as Cutting looks to bludgeon it downtown but it's right down the throat of the fielder at long-on and Cockbain makes no mistake!
Ben Cutting c Ian Cockbain b Harry Conway 16 (10b 3x4 0x6)
This ball has to travel now. Can Ben give the Thunder the Cutting-edge they need?
Nathan McAndrew, RHB, comes to the crease. He will be at the non-striker's end.
HUGE MOMENT! What was that though? Thornton somehow manages to hold on despite Carey haring towards it with the gloves in hand. Both ram into each other and somehow, Thornton holds on with both players escaping unhurt. The Strikers are in front now! 
19.4 Harry Conway to Alex Ross, IN THE AIR... THEY'VE HELD ON! It's all happening at the MCG! Good length slower delivery on middle stump, Ross throws the kitchen sink at it again and slices it over the keeper's head, more towards short fine leg. Thornton is running into it and so is Carey. The two collide and the former manages to keep his on the ball and hold onto a crucial catch. That could have been a nasty clash. Thankfully, all's well that ends well!
Alex Ross c Henry Thornton b Harry Conway 56 (39b 4x4 1x6)
19.3 Harry Conway to Alex Ross, DOT BALL! Good length slower delivery outside off. It was in the slot as Ross threw the kitchen sink at it but he ended up with a big swing and a miss
FORTUITOUS! Fans of the Thunder won't complain though. They've just got to swing at everything here. 9 needed off 4 now...
19.2 Harry Conway to Alex Ross, EDGED! UP AND OVER! Full delivery slower outside off-stump, Ross throws his hands at that one and slices this over short third man as the ball runs away into the boundary 
Out comes the physio to carry out the mandatory concussion test! It has been called one for the over as well and Cutting looks fine to resume. 13 needed off 5...
19.1 Harry Conway to Ben Cutting, OUCH! Short delivery angled into Cutting, misses his pull as the ball thuds off the side of the helmet and rolls towards point. Gets across for the single but there will be a concussion check here.