Pollard among wickets but Strikers eliminated
ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard shone with the ball but then flattered to deceive with the bat, as his Adelaide Strikers were eliminated from playoff contention with a six-run loss to Sunil Narine's Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League here yesterday.
Opting to field first, Strikers watched as the visitors rallied to a challenging 171 for nine from their 20 overs but could only muster 165 for eight in reply, to come up short.
The defeat kept Strikers bottom of the eight-team standings on four points while Renegades moved into fifth spot on six points, to stay alive in the tournament.
Opener Marcus Harris slammed 85 from 53 deliveries while Callum Ferguson chipped in with a 16-ball 26, to propel the Renegades innings.
Narine, batting at number seven, made only two.
Pollard finished with three for 30 from three overs of slow medium, claiming the dangerous Ferguson in the final over caught in the deep off a slower ball.
In reply, several batsmen got starts but failed to carry on as Strikers slumped to their fifth defeat of the season.
Opener Ben Dunk top-scored with 32 off 25 deliveries in a 53-run, first wicket stand with Tim Ludeman who made 29 from 22 balls.
Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Sri Lankan seamer Thisara Perera sliced through the innings to finish with four for 25. Pollard 22 from 17 deliveries.