Veteran Dan Christian posted the second-fastest half-century in Big Bash League history and made a breakthrough with the ball when Sydney Sixers scored a 38-run win over Adelaide Strikers

The all-rounder’s brutal 50, including five sixes, only made 15 deliveries when the Sixers posted 5-177 on Sunday night at Blundstone Arena

He returned to pick up Phil Salt on his third ball and nip a promising start for the Strikers in the bud

Christian came at the beginning of the 12th with the Sixers 3-58 to the kink after they had fought on a brisk place early

Debutant Liam Scott, who came on as an X-Factor player on the 10-over point, scored 22 hits

Adelaide’s chase started courtesy of Salt and Jake Weatherald who teamed up for 52 in five overs

Seamer Dan Worrall let the ball do the talking for the Strikers early after they took the field

For the second time in so many games, Adelaide decided to replace English weirdo Danny Briggs

Under new rules this summer, teams can replace a member of their starting XI at the 10-over mark, as long as they haven’t hit or bowled more than one over

Briggs had sent you down for a respectable five runs and could have fired James Vince if wicketkeeper Alex Carey had hit a simple stump

Briggs’ replacement Scott went for 28 of his two overs when Christian took the long hold to attack

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Weltnachrichten – AU – Dan Christian plays the leading role in Sixers’ BBL victory