Adelaide Strikers were looking set to finish well below 150-run mark against Melbourne Stars on Sunday. They were 134 for 4 with just five balls remaining. However, Sophie Devine had some other plans. The New Zealand hit sixes on all the remaining five deliveries to help Adelaide Strikers post a big total of 164 for 4.
Those five sixes off as many balls also helped her jump to 85 off 56 balls from 55 off 51 balls in a blink of an eye. On the other hand, 18-year-old Stars leg-spinner Madeline Penna was at the receiving end of that stunning onslaught. Prior to conceding those five sixes, Penna had impressive figures of 3 for 17 from three overs.
What makes Sophie Devine’s display even more special is the fact that most of her teammates were struggling to get going against the Stars. Her compatriot Suzie Bates managed 36 off 30 while Tahlia McGrath also laboured to 19 from 16 and Devine herself was looking set to finish in a similar manner before she decided to go for the kill.
Here is a clip showing Sophie Devine’s five consecutive sixes:
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Adelaide Strikers, meanwhile, went on to win the game by 17 runs with those five sixes eventually making the difference. The Stars lost captain Elyse Villani (1) early before South African pair Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee put the chase on track. However, once Lee departed after scoring 52 from 41, Stars lost their way.
And when Du Preez was out for a 51-ball 70, the game all but ended. From 115 for 1, the Stars eventually collapsed to finish on 147 for 8. Leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 for 31 while Devine impressed with the ball too, taking 2 for just 19 from four overs.