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Strikers hit back with record win

17 January 2020

The Adelaide Strikers have stormed to a record-breaking 10-wicket win against the Brisbane Heat on Friday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.

The Strikers jumped back into third place on the KFC BBL|09 table by blitzing the Heat, who won the previous meeting between the two teams at the Gabba on Tuesday, chasing down Brisbane’s total of 100 in just 10.5 overs.

It’s the first time Adelaide has won a BBL match by 10 wickets in the club’s history, reaching the target with 55 balls remaining and without losing a wicket.

Welsh-born batsman Phil Salt (67*) delivered the final blows. Salt hit a four followed by consecutive sixes to finish off the match in style and add an exclamation point to his second Big Bash half-century.

Fellow opener Jake Weatherald played the supporting role, but still hit six fours of his own for an unbeaten 33.

All six Strikers bowlers contributed at least one wicket to skittle Brisbane’s star-studded batting order.

Leg-spinner Liam O’Connor earned Player of the Match honours for career-best T20 figures of 3/30, including the dangerous Chris Lynn (26) and big hitter Ben Cutting (9).

Rashid's epic grab

Rashid Khan’s catch at full stretch to dismiss Lynn in the eighth over was another addition to the leg-spinner’s growing BBL|09 highlight reel.

Allrounder Michael Neser (2/14) claimed the prized wicket of AB de Villiers (2) early in the fourth over, while paceman Wes Agar also took two wickets in his return to Big Bash action.

Rashid (1/15), captain Travis Head (1/4) and Peter Siddle (1/19) rounded out the wicket-takers for the home side.

The Strikers next head to Tasmania to confront the seventh-placed Hobart Hurricanes at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Sunday afternoon.