Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan's magical spell for the Adelaide Strikers keeps Melbourne Renegades winless

Twitter Reactions: Rashid Khan’s magical spell for the Adelaide Strikers keeps Melbourne Renegades winless

Philip Salt played a swashbuckling knock of 56 runs off 26 balls against Melbourne Renegades.

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Rashid Khan of the Adelaide Strikers(Photo by George Salpigtidis/Getty Images)

Adelaide Strikers locked horns with Melbourne Renegades in the 15th match of the Big Bash League 2019-20. It turned out to be a one-sided affair at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The Strikers successfully registered their third consecutive win in the ongoing tournament on the back of some commendable performances produced by their skipper Alex Carey, opener Philip Salt and Rashid Khan.

Earlier, the Strikers won the toss and elected to bat. The opener Philip Salt helped his team to get off to a flying start, smashing five consecutive boundaries in the third over of the innings off Richard Gleeson. At the other end, Jake Weatherald failed to replicate his form and was dismissed after scoring 6 runs off Kane Richardson. The left-handed batsman attempted a pull on a back of a length delivery but ended up nicking the ball to the keeper. 

However, Alex Ross and Philip Salt helped in reviving the side from the early setback and played good knocks. The former scored 41 runs off 31 balls and latter mustered 54 runs off 26 balls. The duo helped their team post a competitive total of 155 runs at the loss of six wickets in stipulated 20 overs. Rashid Khan also contributed well with the bat and played a cameo of 25 runs off 16 balls with two boundaries and as many sixes.

Renegades lose their way in the chase

Coming onto the chase, Renegades didn’t get off to a good start as they lost their opener, Sam Harper, in the fourth over of the innings. He tried to accelerate the run-scoring and in a hurry, the right-handed batsman attempted a pull on a short-pitched delivery off Wes Agar and could only top-edge it to Alex Carey who grabbed a sensational catch.

However,  Aaron Finch (50 runs off 39 balls) and Shaun Marsh (16 runs off 17 balls) stitched a brilliant partnership of 50 runs and it looked like they might win the game for their side but that was not the case. The Strikers spinner Rashid Khan dismissed struggling Shaun Marsh in the 11th over of the innings. Later on, the leggie displayed a brilliant piece of fielding as he nailed a direct hit at the bowler’s end to run Finch out. It eventually proved to be the turning point in the match as the Renegades lost their way in the chase.

After the dismissal of the hosts’ skipper, all the hopes were on Beau Webster, who looked in full flow with the bat and was smashing the bowlers all across the park. But, he didn’t get any support from the other end due to which the Renegades had to suffer their fourth consecutive defeat in the tournament. Webster played an unbeaten knock of 37 runs off 26 balls with two boundaries and two sixes.

Rashid Khan was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant all-round performances in the match as he scored 25 runs and registered brilliant bowling figures of 2/15. The win has helped Alex Carey and Co. to grab the top spot in the BBL league table with seven points in four games.

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