Dunk's half-century keeps Strikers alive

Adelaide Strikers 5 for 164 (Dunk 79*) beat Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 161 (Webster 67*, Wells 55, Jordan 3-24) by 5 wickets
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Ben Dunk batted through the innings in a chase of 162 © Getty Images

A serene Ben Dunk half-century helped Adelaide Strikers to a comprehensive win over Hobart Hurricanes and kept them in finals contention.

Dunk barely got out of first gear during an effortless 79 not out from 49 balls in sweltering conditions to control a run chase of 162 that wobbled momentarily. Brad Hodge was once again sublime in the middle overs but his dismissal was quickly followed by both Kieron Pollard’s and Jono Dean’s before Chris Jordan helped Dunk see Strikers home with 10 balls to spare.

The target would have been far fewer if it wasn’t for a brilliant salvage job from the unheralded Hurricanes duo of Beau Webster and Jonathan Wells. They were brought together at 5 for 30 and produced fine half-centuries each to raise the total to defendable levels. But the damage done early by Jordan, Billy Stanlake and Travis Head with the ball proved too difficult to overcome.

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Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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