BBL: Spinning sensation Rashid Khan farewells Adelaide in style as Strikers see off Melbourne Stars
Rashid Khan signed off from BBL10 in style as Adelaide Strikers jumped to third with a crucial win against Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval on Monday night.
Playing his 50th BBL match and last of the campaign because of one-day international duties with Afghanistan, Rashid captured two key wickets in consecutive balls to set the Strikers on their way to a five-wicket victory.
He was then at the crease when Ryan Gibson (22 not out) struck the winning runs with six balls left.
A year after taking a hat-trick to dismantle the Sydney Sixers, spin wizard Rashid turned the match against the Stars on its head by bowling Nick Larkin (18) and then having game-breaking captain Glenn Maxwell caught at backward point playing a loose shot from the first ball he faced.
Rashid Khan celebrates after dismissing danger man Glenn Maxwell in his farewell match.Source:Getty Images
It sent Melbourne spiralling to 3/52 in the ninth over and while Marcus Stoinis avoided Rashid’s hat-trick attempt by smashing a boundary, much of the damage had been done.
The Stars managed to conjure a competitive 7/149 from their 20 overs following sixes from the final two balls of the innings by Nic Maddinson (48 not out).
But Adelaide ran the target down on the last ball of the 19th over when substitute fielder Tom O’Connell spilt a tough chance.
Khan receives a cap for playing 50 BBL matches before taking on the Melbourne Stars.Source:Getty Images
Rashid finished with 2/29 from his four overs, giving him 16 wickets for the season.
Wes Agar (2/19) was the pick of the Strikers bowlers, while fellow quick Daniel Worrall also claimed two wickets.
Jon Wells (36 from 27 balls) top scored for Adelaide, combining well with Gibson for a vital 37-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Adelaide’s much-needed win gave it a 5-5 record while the Stars slumped to 3-5, with one no result.
Wes Agar was in superb form for the Strikers with two crucial wickets.Source:Getty Images
TIME TO STRIKE
It was a big night for the Strikers, with their win followed by the news that they have been handed three more home games in BBL10.
Due to wind up their five-match home campaign against the Stars, a change in schedule forced by state border closures has seen their final three regular season games relocated from Victoria and New South Wales to Adelaide Oval.
They will be played against Brisbane Heat (January 21) and Sydney Thunder (January 24 and 25), greatly enhancing the Strikers’ finals prospects.
Jonathan Wells hits out against the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval.Source:Getty Images
Stars import Andre Fletcher’s horror BBL10 campaign continued against the Strikers.
Having scored a bitterly disappointing 87 runs in eight innings before last night with a highest score of 18, opening batsman Fletcher made just 12 before hitting a full toss from Agar straight down Gibson’s throat at mid-on.
West Indian Fletcher, nicknamed “The Spiceman’’, scored from only two of the 12 deliveries he faced.
Both scoring shots were sixes but his inability to keep the scoreboard ticking over put Melbourne under early pressure.
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RELIEF FOR WELLS
Striker Jon Wells was a relieved man when Stars danger man Stoinis was caught by Jake Weatherald at point for 47 from the bowling of Agar.
The catch came from the first ball Stoinis faced after Wells had dropped a simple catch from him at fine leg.
With powerful hitter Stoinis looming as the Stars key man with the bat and getting after spinner Danny Briggs, he offered an easy chance to Wells.
But the skied ball slipped through his fingers, prompting a rare show of emotion from Strikers coach Jason Gillespie, who struggled to hide his disappointment.
But the drop did not cost the Strikers, as Stoinis, whose runs came from only 31 balls and included three sixes, played a poor shot from the next delivery he faced, giving Agar the standout figures of 2/2 from two overs.
Originally published asBBL farewell salvo: Rashid has visitors seeing stars
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