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O'Keefe, Denly power Sixers to second place
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O'Keefe, Denly power Sixers to second place

Ball-by-ball details & scorecard: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers - Match 22 - Adelaide

Sydney Sixers climbed up to second place on the Big Bash League standings with a six-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers.

The Sixers, led by Steve O'Keefe's 2 for 31, restricted the hosts down to a total of 150 before Joe Denly shrugged off a bad start to the season with an unbeaten 60-ball 76 to lead his side over the finish line.

The defending champions weren’t off to a great start after electing to bat with star batsman Alex Carey running himself out in the first over.

His fellow opening partner Jake Weatherald top-scored with a well-constructed 50 off 40 balls.

But that contribution notwithstanding, the Strikers were always heading towards a sub-par total. That they even got to 150 was down to a late 29-ball 42 from Jonathan Wells.

The Sixers' trust in opener Denly despite his continuous failures finally paid dividends as the opener played a superb innings at the top of the order.

Rashid Khan attempted to bring life back into the game with the wickets of Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk but Josh Phillipe struck a little cameo with an unbeaten 15-ball 30 to take his side over the line.