BBL: Hurricane Christian decimates Adelaide

Hobart Hurricanes romped to a dominant eight-wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League on Monday, led by a Dan Christian five-for and D'Arcy Short's explosive half-century.

Dan Christian - cropped

Christian (5-14) recorded the second best bowling figures in Big Bash history on his first spell with the ball in hand this season.

Hobart Hurricanes romped to a dominant eight-wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League on Monday, led by a Dan Christian five-for and D'Arcy Short's explosive half-century.

Christian (5-14) recorded the second best bowling figures in Big Bash history on his first spell with the ball in hand this season, while Short fired three huge sixes and reached the boundary seven times to top score with 60 from 39 deliveries as the Strikers' 143 all out was easily chased down.

His explosive stay at the crease was finally ended when a Billy Stanlake (1-17) length delivery elicited an inside edge taken by wicketkeeper Ben Dunk.

That broke up a decisive 105-run partnership for the first wicket, Tim Paine (41) the other party. He followed three overs later, bowled by Travis Head (1-22).

But Kumar Sangakkara (25) and George Bailey (6) got the job done as the host wrapped up the triumph with 14 balls remaining at Bellerive Oval.   

Earlier, Brad Hodge had led the way for the Hurricanes with a half-century, the veteran eventually falling for 55 to the inspired Christian, Jonathan Wells taking the catch on the long boundary at deep midwicket.

There were also contributions with the bat from Dunk (31) and Head (24), the latter among Christian's victims, but West Indies star Kieron Pollard (11) failed to fire.  

Christian rips through Hurricanes 

Christian had not bowled a delivery in BBL06 before Monday, but produced one of the best performances in the history of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition, destroying the Strikers with a match-winning spell. The medium pace all-rounder accounted for Jono Dean, Head, dangerman Hodge and Ben Laughlin, narrowly missing out on a hat-trick before fittingly removing Liam O'Connor with the last ball of the innings. 

Short goes long to inflict Paine 

After Christian had decimated the visitors' batting line-up, Paine and Short showed them how it should be done, dispatching the likes of Chris Jordan (0-30) to all parts of the ground, with the Adelaide bowlers enduring a bruising day out.

Broad stems the flow

He was unable to match Christian's contribution, but England bowler Stuart Broad did produce his best performance yet in BBL06, claiming the scalp of countryman Jordan to post figures of 1-17 after leaking runs in his first three showings, including an unhappy 0-35 on debut.