Watch: Bizarre umpiring decision cost Adelaide Strikers a run
In what turned out to be a match full of errors, Hayden Kerr’s 98 not-out won Sydney Sixers a spot in the finals. In a chase of 168, Sydney Sixers won the match with 4 wickets to spare.
Sydney’s opener, Hayden Kerr, got two lives in the match which ended up being the deciding factor of the match. At first, Alex Carey missed an easy stumping on the very first ball of the innings. Later, when batting on 16, Kerr was dropped by Matt Renshaw on the square leg boundary. He went on to score 98 runs in 58 balls.
This, however, was not the only reason Adelaide Strikers lost the match. In the 19th over of the first innings, Sean Abbott bowled a clear wide delivery, but the umpire Sam Nogoski did not call it.
“That has to be a wide. Has to be a wide. Got away with one there, Sean Abbott. How’s that not a wide?” said Mark Waugh during commentary.
Sydney, on the other hand, was awarded two wides that were a tight call. Sean Abbott struck a four on one of the extra deliveries of the over. All the three-wide calls turned out to be in Sydney Sixers’ favour.
Another forgetful moment occurred on the very last ball of the match. Jordan Silk, who was a ball old at the crease, was retired hurt on the last ball. Silk was struggling to run due to an injury.
The finals of the season will be played on the 28th of January between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.