A half-century by Jonathan Wells has lifted Adelaide to 4-150 in their Big Bash League match against the Sydney Sixers at Metricon Stadium.
Wells scored 66 off 56 deliveries before being caught of the final ball of the innings to leave the Sixers needing 151 to move back to the top of the BBL ladder.
That total hadn’t looked on the cards after a rejigged Strikers’ batting lineup got off to a horrid start after being sent in by the Sixers.
Following their New Year’s Eve loss to the Perth Scorchers, the Strikers tweaked their batting order with ex-Test player Matt Renshaw moving to opener and Jake Weatherald dropping down to No.5.
Whatever the plan was for Strikers coach Jason Gillespie didn’t pay off with Renshaw and opening partner Phil Salt (1) falling inside the first two overs to leave the Strikers 2-7.
Wells and Australian limited-overs representative Alex Carey then set about steadying the innings with a 64-run third-wicket stand.
Just as the pair were set to press the accelerator, Carey fell for 31 during a two-over power surge which yielded just seven runs for the Strikers.
Adelaide, however, boosted their total with Wells and Weatherald (34 not out) smashing 43 runs off the last three overs.
Englishman Jake Ball, making his BBL debut after coming out of hotel quarantine on Christmas Day, saw his good start in conceding just seven runs in his first two overs ruined as he was hit for 35 runs off his final two overs to finish with 1-42.