Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars, BBL08, video, updates

Adelaide have easily accounted for the Melbourne Stars in front of their home crowd and jumped to the top of the Big Bash standings.

A dominant display with both the bat and ball saw the home side cruise to the 41 run win.

Strikers soar to top after Head’s savagery

The Adelaide Strikers have climbed to second spot on the BBL ladder after belting the Melbourne Stars by 41 runs.

The Strikers blasted 5-178 before knocking the Stars over for 137 in front of 30,392 fans at Adelaide Oval.

A devastating partnership between Travis Head and Colin Ingram laid the foundation for the Strikers’ monster total.

Head strolled out to the crease and unleashed on the Melbourne Stars’ bowling attack. He decided to go after the bowling of Liam Plunkett and in savage scenes he lofted him three straight times up and into the stands.

Unfortunately he went to make it four in a row but failed to get enough on the final shot and saw the ball fall into the hands of Jackson Bird.

His innings was brought to an end on 43 from 31 deliveries, but the power hitting brought fans to their feet and his 74-run stand with Colin Ingram lifted the Strikers back into the contest.

For the Stars openers Evan Gulbis (37) and Ben Dunk (25) started briskly and marched to 49 without loss from the first five overs but after that only Dwayne Bravo (33) made any impression.

After losing both openers the Stars lost 4-15 in the space of 23 deliveries to all but seal the result of the match.

Big Bash king strikes

Ben Laughlin returned to the line-up and has shown why he’s one of the most devastating Twenty20 bowlers in the world.

In his two overs so far the quick has claimed two wickets for only 11 runs in a scintillating showing of his bag of tricks.

Stunning Stars’ start

Set an enormous 179 runs to win the game, Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk have started the innings like a house on fire.

Needing to go at a tick under nine runs per over, the duo plunged 22 runs from Travis Head and Michael Neser’s opening overs.

Adelaide then turned to star Rashid Khan to rein in the powerful start and saw the third over of the innings only go for one run.

Strikers capitulate early

This isn’t what the home fans would have been hoping for as the Adelaide Strikers lost both openers inside the first five overs.

Matt Short was the first on his way, dismissed in the opening over of the match by Jackson Bird courtesy of a sharp catch from Ben Dunk.

Then Jake Weatherald was sent packing after failing to pick a slower ball from Liam Plunkett and hoisting the ball straight up into the air.

Stars win flip, elect to bowl

Nic Maddinson has opted to send the home side in to bat first after winning the bat flip for the Melbourne Stars.

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Aussies want more India Down Under

If Cricket Australia (CA) wants to boost BBL crowds and the standard of play they need look no further than India.

Unfortunately for BBL franchises, which have mostly struggled to attract top-class international talent this season, it’s impossible to recruit Indian talent despite Tim Paine’s impassioned pitch to Rishabh Pant.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to release any players under its umbrella to any competition outside the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The IPL is the world’s best and most lucrative cricket competition by some margin, with its most recent broadcast rights deal worth a staggering $3.23 billion, and the BCCI wants to do everything in its immense power to keep it that way.

The upside for CA changing India’s stance is obvious but chief executive Kevin Roberts suggests it is “not something that we’re specifically focused on”.

“We’re very fortunate to have players from most other major cricketing nations,” Roberts told AAP.

“We’ve got a thriving league and we do have a good diversity of internationals.”

Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa, two players to have learned plenty on and off the field during the IPL, would love see to see some Indians in the BBL.

“It is disappointing but you can understand,” Maxwell said earlier this season. “It’d be great to have them … it might help with a few of those quirky sledges and the banter on the field (during international games).

“When we go over there we learn so much about their culture and them as people. It’s a great experience.”

Virat Kohli flagged no interest in a BBL stint on Friday, noting he didn’t know whether the BCCI’s “stance is going to change in the future”.

Recruiting Kohli or MS Dhoni is unlikely to happen.

But the BBL could be an ideal platform to accelerate the development of young Indian talent, likewise a perfect temporary home for retired internationals keen to enjoy the relative anonymity that is part of the reason Kohli loves touring Australia.

England used the BBL to good effect a year ago, with several of their white-ball specialists adapting to local conditions before smashing Australia 4-1 in an ODI series.

Zampa suggested Indians in the BBL could be a win-win for both countries.

“They’re probably the best players in the world, especially in T20 cricket. It would be nice … probably help the Big Bash too,” Zampa said. “It was a really amazing experience playing the IPL and getting to see those guys first-hand.”

Scheduling and the salary cap are obvious issues, as reflected by the fact AB de Villiers headlines a list of stars to have brushed the BBL and instead joined Steve Smith and David Warner in Bangladesh.

— AAP

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