Pollard, Jordan help steer Strikers to first win
ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):
Kieron Pollard's cameo and Chris Jordan's brace helped Adelaide Strikers to a convincing 48-run victory over Sydney Sixers and their first points in the latest edition of the Big Bash League here yesterday.
Sent in at Adelaide Oval, Strikers rallied to 152 for nine off their 20 overs, with wicketkeeper Ben Dunk top-scoring with 37 from 20 balls and captain and opener Brad Hodge getting 36 from 29 deliveries.
Pollard, batting at number five, chipped in with 29 from 20 balls with two sixes. The West Indies right-hander kept the innings together as Strikers lost seven wickets for 51 runs, sliding from 100 for two in the 12th over.
Jordan, the England all-rounder who has played several first-class matches for his native Barbados, struck 18 from 19 balls with a single six.
In reply, Sixers slumped to 104 all out in the 19th over, with Jordan returning with his right-arm seam to pick up two for 27 from his three overs.
Pollard's one over of slow medium went for six runs.
England's Sam Billings was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures and the only one to pass 20, as he top-scored with 40 from 30 deliveries.
Strikers lie one from bottom of the eight-team league with two point while Sixers are third on four points.