Pollard fails but Adelaide win
PERTH, Australia, (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 star Kieron Pollard failed, but his Adelaide Strikers did just enough to sneak to a one-wicket win over Perth Scorchers with two balls to spare in the Big Bash League yesterday.
Opting to bat, the Scorchers finished on 146 for seven, and the Strikers then stumbled and stuttered before securing eight runs from the last over to steal a nerve-wracking victory at the WACA.
Brad Hodge led Adelaide's charge with 42 from 36 balls with five fours and a six, but no other batsman managed to reach 20.
He posted 26 for the third wicket with Travis Head (12) and a further 27 for the fourth wicket with Pollard, whose 15 contained a six and a four and came from 11 balls.
Pollard was bowled by left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff in the 13th over, playing around a full-length delivery.
Hodge, however, batted deep into the innings to put the visitors in sight of victory.
Earlier, Michael Klinger hit 49 from 33 balls to create the early momentum in the Scorchers' innings.
Pollard sent down one over, which cost 11 runs.