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29 all out – Twitter reacts to Melbourne Stars-W’ embarrassing defeat

29 all out - Twitter reacts to Melbourne Stars-W' embarrassing defeat
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Adelaide Strikes ignited a Twitter frenzy with a breathtaking start to their WBBL title defense, leaving the cricket world in awe. In an electrifying match at Karen Rolton Oval, they obliterated the Melbourne Stars, reducing them to a mere 29 runs and securing a colossal 148-run victory.

When the Strikers were handed the bat, they erupted in a fireworks display of boundary-scoring brilliance, amassing a formidable total of 177. The opening duo of Katie Mack and Laura Woolvardt exhibited sheer dominance, smashing 135 runs in just 14.1 overs, setting the stage for an extraordinary showdown.

The Melbourne Stars, fresh off a triumph in their previous game, faced a nightmarish collapse, being bowled out in a mere 9.3 overs, an ignominious record for the lowest total in the WBBL. None of their batters managed to reach double figures, with Sophia Dunkley emerging as their highest scorer with a mere 9 runs.

The Strikers’ formidable trio of Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, and Zimbabwean legspinner Anesu Mushangwe dismantled the Stars’ batting lineup, reducing them to a pitiful 18 for 8 by the seventh over. Captain Tahlia McGrath finished the job by taking the last two wickets, sealing an embarrassingly one-sided contest.

This epic victory surpassed the previous record for the largest winning margin in the WBBL, held by the Sydney Sixers with a 103-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes. After the match, Captain McGrath expressed her delight, acknowledging her team’s stellar performance with both bat and ball. However, she also emphasized the arduous journey that lies ahead in the six-week tournament.

The Strikers’ openers capitalized on subpar bowling, consistently finding the boundaries in the first nine overs. Katie Mack led the charge, scoring 49 of the team’s first 55 runs and striking an impressive ten fours. While Sophie Day briefly halted their charge, dismissing Woolvardt and Mack, Captain McGrath’s powerful hitting in the closing overs ensured a monumental total.

The Stars’ response was catastrophic, plagued by careless shots and numerous catches for the Strikers. The early wicket of Captain Meg Lanning, a victim of Megan Schutt, set the tone for the Stars’ innings, and they never managed to recover as Mushangwe claimed the wickets of England stars Dunkley and Alice Capsey. Twitter exploded with excitement as cricket fans marveled at the Adelaide Strikes’ sensational performance.

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