Adelaide notched its highest BBL score ever (8/207) but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Hurricanes, who sealed a finals spot off the back of a maiden Big Bash century to captain Matthew Wade.
Wade smoked 130 off 61 balls - the second-highest score in BBL history - to catapult the Hurricanes to an imposing 1/217.
Welshman Phil Salt hit a destructive 66 off 33 balls, his fourth half-century of the tournament, to get the reply rollicking after the early departure of Jake Weatherald (2).
Captain Travis Head overcame a slow start to post 47 before inside-edging Scott Boland onto his back leg and dislodging his off bail.
The Strikers gave it their all, smacking 10 sixes and 16 fours in what would’ve been the second-biggest run chase in competition history.
But after Alex Carey (39) holed out in the penultimate over, the Strikers' task of 22 off the last over proved a bridge too far.
The Hurricanes will finish fourth or fifth, depending on the outcome of Monday's clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat.
The third-placed Strikers will host ‘The Knockout’ final at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, 1 February against the winner of the first ‘Eliminator’ final between 4th and 5th on the KFC BBL|09 table.Tickets to the Strikers’ home final will be available on Tuesday, 28 January.
WHAT WE KNOW:— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 26, 2020
▪ @StarsBBL v @SixersBBL in The Qualifier at the MCG
▪ @StrikersBBL will host The Knockout at the Adelaide Oval
▪ Renegades and Scorchers CANNOT make the #BBL09 finals pic.twitter.com/cB0pDruS6E