Rashid Khan rewrote the Big Bash records after his hat-trick against Sydney Sixers in the 27th match of the tournament.
However, his stellar performance couldn’t save his side from winning the match after Josh Hazlewood struck three consecutive boundaries to secure a win in a low-scoring game.
With 136 to win, Sixers had a topsy-turvy start to their innings as both openers, Josh Philippe and Justin Avendano, lost their wickets to Michael Neser.
Daniel Hughes and James Vince played the consolidation role with a handy little partnership before Rashid Khan removed Hughes with an away spinner.
James Vince became the first victim of Rashid’s hat-trick. A straight batted defensive stroke was induced by the Afghan wizard as Vince played inside the line and an outside edge was found.
Next one to fall was Jack Edwards. This time it was a wrong’un from Rashid, beating the inside edge and striking on the front pad. It appeared to be heading down the leg-side but the umpire had no hesitation in raising his index finger.
On the first ball of Rashid’s next over, Jordan Silk became a victim of another sharp wrong’un which went on to rattle the stumps.
However, the Sixers’ lower order held their nerve and got their side moving along. With 12 required of the last two overs, Josh Hazlewood struck three consecutive boundaries off his team-mate Peter Siddle to give Sixers a narrow two-wicket win.
Earlier, Adelaide Strikers’ batting had collapsed after a decent showing in the first ten overs. It was the wicket of Jonathan Wells which sent the rest of the line-up collapsing like a pack of cards. They lost 6 for 35 in the final stages of the game. Tom Curran was the destructor-in-chief, returning with figures of 4 for 22 from his 3.4 overs.
Jake Weatherald was the top-scorer in the Strikers’ line-up with a handy 47 off 31 balls. Alex Carey had chipped in with a handy 32 off 30 balls but the lower middle order didn’t show up a fight.
Ben Dwarshuis and Lloyd Pope returned with two wickets each for Sixers.