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Weatherald, bowlers crush Melbourne Renegades
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Weatherald, bowlers crush Melbourne Renegades

Ball-by-ball details & scorecard: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers - Match 18 - Geelong

Adelaide Strikers soared into the top four of the Big Bash points table with a comprehensive 32-run victory over the Melbourne Renegades.

Openers Jake Weatherald and Alex Carey set the tone for the Strikers with an explosive 60-run partnership to set a strong foundation for the visitors.

Carey's dismissal led to a mini-collapse on a challenging pitch as big-hitters Colin Ingram and Jake Lehmann were dismissed quickly.

But Weatherald remained on the attack throughout, blasting an eye-catching 71 off only 44 deliveries which included three sixes and six fours.

His innings was only brought to an end by a tight run-out call.

Some pinch hitting from Rashid Khan (21 off 7) and a handy contribution from Jon Wells (22 off 22) helped the Strikers to 6/158.

Adelaide’s brilliant bowling unit then went to work to grind the Renegades into submission.

Beau Webster's 33 helped close the margin late but the Renegades had little hope after losing both Mackenzie Harvey and Sam Harper during powerplay overs which yielded just 21 runs.

Skipper Tom Cooper and veteran Cameron White soon followed the departed batsmen, the latter trapped LBW after failing to pick a well-disguised Rashid wrong'un.

The Afghan star paired up to form a deadly combination with fellow leg-spinner Liam O'Connor, who snared 2/21.

The hosts limped to 9/126 from their 20 overs and never looked to threaten Adelaide’s total.

The Strikers currently sit in second position on the BBL table after five matches and will host the Sydney Sixers at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.