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Rashid Khan's all-round magic seals thumping win for Adelaide Strikers
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Rashid Khan's all-round magic seals thumping win for Adelaide Strikers

Rashid Khan's all-round heroics and Phil Salt's breezy half-century scripted a comfortable 71-run victory over Perth Scorchers to power Adelaide Strikers to the top of the Big Bash League (BBL) table.

Salt's fiery approach upfront paid dividends for the Strikers as they got off to a flier after being put in to bat first.

The English wicketkeeper had been in the midst of a struggling run in the BBL before unleashing his belligerent best against the likes of Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Jason Behrendorff.

Salt smacked four sixes and four boundaries in his scintillating knock but was dismissed close to the halfway stage of Adelaide's innings.

Although Salt's rapid 31-ball 51 lifted Adelaide to 80 in quick time, his dismissal was followed by a jittery middle-order collapse that threatened to condemn them to a mediocre total.

A string of insignificant contributions in the middle left the Strikers yearning for a death overs boost, which was provided by a flamboyant display of batting from Rashid.

The Afghan superstar excelled with his unorthodox technique and swatted three sixes in his enterprising 29 from 13 deliveries. The highlight of Rashid's exquisite knock was his remarkable helicopter shot to dispatch Tye down the ground for a glorious maximum.

The swift wristwork and a mere whip of the bat blasted the ball over the boundary rope to loud cheers from the crowd.

Rashid emerged as the second-highest run-scorer for his team as Adelaide posted a challenging 165/8 in their 20 overs.

Perth gave a brief scare to the hosts by depositing a slew of boundaries during the opening three overs of their chase.

The impetus injected by Jason Roy and Josh Inglis soon faded away to leave a stuttering Scorchers crash to a pitiable total of 94 all out in 15.2 overs.

While all bowlers played a key role in restricting the Perth batsmen, Rashid was impactful with the ball as well by snaffling the scalps of Colin Munro and Aaron Hardie.

Rashid chipped in with a fantastic catch towards the dying moments of the game when he held onto a full-blooded cover drive hammered by Liam Livingstone. Rashid's spin bowling partner Danny Briggs was equally instrumental as he returned figures of 2/8 in three overs.

Rashid was deservingly declared man of the match Adelaide continued their dominant run in the tournament.