Stafanie Taylor in action. ©ICC

Half centuries from Harmanpreet Kaur and Stafanie Taylor power Sydney Thunder to the top of the table as they beat Adelaide Strikers by 5 wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Batting first, Strikers didn’t get the best of starts with Bates perishing after hitting 17 in the fourth over. Devine soon joined Bates with the same dismissal to Taylor in her second over marking the end of the powerplay. Bridget Patterson started to anchor the innings after losing McGrath and Wellington in quick succession. McPharlin joined Patterson and the two had a 46 runs partnership before McPharlin lost the battle to Farrell. She hit 4 fours and a six in her innings of 29.

Patterson and Saville continued the batting with Saville hitting a six and a four to finish with an unbeaten 17 off 11. Patterson was left unbeaten of 36 off 40 as Strikers set a total of 145-5.

Thunder’s chase started on a bad note with McGrath taking the wicket of Priest on the first ball. Stalenberg who is not having a good season with the bat again lost her wicket for 1 to England’s Hazell getting caught leg before. Blackwell gave an able support to Taylor as the two starred in a 49 runs partnership for the third wicket after which she lost her wicket to Devine.

Harmanpreet Kaur who is in the form of her life joined Taylor and began the onslaught she is known for. The two had a 60 runs partnership with Kaur doing most of the damage. Stafanie Taylor had an all round performance scoring a half century before getting run out – after taking 2 wickets while bowling.

Harmanpreet smashed the bowlers with 6 fours and 2 sixes to take her side to victory with a boundary of the last ball and also scoring an unbeaten half century.