Bulls keep hopes alive with victory
An aggressive 85-run partnership from Nathan Reardon and Lee Carseldine has keep the Bulls Big Bash title hopes alive with a 7 wicket win over the Redbacks at the Gabba.
Chasing 164 for victory, the Bulls started shakily, loosing openers Chris Simpson and Wade Townsend within six overs to see the home side precariously placed at 2-43.
Reardon was offered a life on two when debutant Kane Richardson fumbled a regulation catch in the deep and the 24-year-old made the visitors pay full price.
Reardon dazzled the crowd of 12, 376, punishing anything full, short or wide, he smashed five sixes in an explosive innings of 46 that came off just 23 balls.
Reardon eventually fell to Mark Cleary in the 16th over, ending Carseldine and Reardon's 26 minutes of carnage, but the damage was well and truly done, with the Bulls sitting pretty at 3-128.
The inform Carseldine, who crashed an unbeaten half-century last start against Victoria, soon brought up his 50 before finishing unbeaten on 67 off 47 balls in a man of the match effort.
Glen Batticciotto (10 not out) snuck the winning runs at the end of the 18th over, sealing back-to-back wins for Queensland.
Cleary (1-35) and Daniel Christian (1-28) were the only wicket takers for the Redbacks.
South Australia would have been frustrated they only posted a modest 7-163 after a blazing 64-run partnership from openers Michael Klinger and Dan Harris put the Redbacks on track for a sizeable total.
Klinger (42) and Harris (40) built the perfect platform early on, powering their side to 0-64 in the eighth over before the introduction of spin saw the end of Harris.
After making light work of the Bulls pacemen, Harris could not resist Simpson's second ball, picking out Craig Philipson in the deep to see his 28-ball knock come to an end.
It took something special to dismiss Klinger and Townsend was the man to deliver for the home side, holding onto a miraculous left-handed jumping catch on the boundary to see Klinger's chanceless innings come to an end.
Townsend looked to have misjudged the flight of the ball at first after Klinger smashed it back over the head of Simpson, but he was able to back pedal, shoot up and reel in the difficult chance.
Klinger's dismissal triggered a collapse of 3-12 as the Bulls grabbed the ascendancy, snaring quick wickets and reducing South Australia's run rate in the process.
The Bulls now join Western Australia and New South Wales on second spot on the ladder with four points, behind Victoria (six), although the Blues have a game in hand.