Adelaide, Nov 25 (IANS) With the help of Dane van Niekerk blistering knock, Adelaide Strikers belted their way into the WBBL final with a brilliant nine-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades here on Thursday.
After electing to field, the Adelaide Strikers restricted the Melbourne Renegades to a paltry 83/8 in 20 overs and then successfully chased down the target with 55 balls to spare.
The Renegades got off to a disastrous start as they lost their skipper Josephine Dooley for a golden duck off the first delivery of the game by Megan Schutt (2/23). The Renegades managed to score 83/8 in their innings, with all-rounder Ella Hayward was their top-scorer (18*).
Strikers’ fast bowler Darcie Brown scalped two wickets in her four overs.
Needing a mere 84 runs to book their place in the WBBL final, opener Van Niekerk attacked the Renegades bowlers as she smashed 43 off 30 balls (5 fours and a six).
Opener Katie Mack (31*) and Proteas star batter Laura Wolvaardt (9*) then guided the Strikers home.
The Adelaide Strikers will now face the Perth Scorchers in the much-anticipated WBBL final on Saturday.
Three South Africans will feature in the WBBL final, with Van Niekerk and Wolvaardt facing Scorchers all-rounder Marizanne Kapp in Perth.
Brief scores; Melbourne Renegades: 83/8 in 20 overs (Ella Hayward 18*, Darcie Brown 2/9, Megan Schutt 2/23) Adelaide Strikers: 86/1 in 10.5 overs (Dane van Niekerk 43, Katie Mack 31*, Carly Leeson 1/5).