Afghan Nabi made a BBL personal-best 71 not out as he carved up the Strikers' attack on Friday night. With tremendous support from Jake Fraser-McGurk (29 not out), he hauled in the home side's 7/177 with one delivery to spare.
Nabi and Fraser-McGurk took 16 from the 19th over from Peter Siddle, leaving five to win off Wes Agar's last over. Fraser-McGurk sealed the drought-breaker when he glanced Agar's fifth-ball full toss.
The chase started badly when skipper Aaron Finch (14) exited angrily after being adjudged lbw to Agar.
Finch felt he had edged the ball but slow-motion replays suggested his bat made contact with his pad.
Jack Prestwidge survived back-to-back lbw appeals from successive Rashid Khan wrong 'uns but when wrapped on the pads by the third googly, he was given his marching orders.
Nabi and Fraser-McGurk ignored the rising asking rate to combine for 68 enterprising, unbeaten runs after the Strikers looked strongly placed following their innings.
Phil Salt (59) and Alex Carey (42) pounded the visitors' attack before the hosts were curtailed by a late Renegades fightback.
Salt was initially circumspect early as Matt Renshaw (30) provided the early aggression. Carey also started sedately before launching at Richardson in the power surge, crunching three huge sixes in the 14th over, which conceded 25.
But from the moment he spooned a catch the following over, the Strikers lost 5/41 in the last five overs, legspinner Peter Hatzoglou (3/43) and seamer Prestwidge (2/20) hauling the Renegades back into the match.
The Strikers next face the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval on Monday night.