The Adelaide Strikers absorbed a superb opening attack from Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis to secure a 15-point victory over Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval on Monday night.
After posting 4-198 on their 18 rain-slashed overs, the Strikers’ offense was ravaged by Livingstone (69 of 26 balls) and Inglis (50 of 27), who combined 124 of 52 deliveries to seemingly turn a imposing chase in one walk.
But leg-spinning magician Rashid Khan (3-40) pulled the wicket of the top-flight pair from successive ninth deliveries to bring the contest back to the Strikers’ path as the Scorchers were ultimately limited to 7- 183.
Wes Agar (2-29) trapped his brother Ashton Agar (two) and Cam Bancroft (19) in the space of three balls before Phil Salt’s spectacular off-field catch in the final to send Cam Green froze the victory for the Strikers.
Livingstone hit seven sixes – including a 98 yard upside down monster against Billy Stanlake who landed on the second level of the Bradman Stand.
His mind-boggling search ended when he threw one too many, causing Rashid to fly to Salt outside.
The next delivery Inglis was upset when he tried to sweep a bad ‘one from Rashid, who then had an Ashton Turner (four) pushed behind.
By the time captain Mitch Marsh (14) beat Harry Conway straight to Jon Wells, the demand rate had skyrocketed and the Scorchers lost control of a game that was there to be taken.
Earlier, Jake Weatherald (83) and captain Alex Carey (55) played with the stick after the Strikers sent off.
Struggling England import Salt made a nasty move to succumb for two in the opening – after falling in love with a duck on his debut on Saturday – before Weatherald took on the Scorchers’ attack .
He crushed three sixes – including a 100-yard bomb off Chris Jordan that climbed into the Chappell stand – in his 83 of 47 balls before being knocked out by Jhye Richardson.
On the other end, Carey, captured by the Delhi Capitals at the Indian Premier League auction last week, was sublime in a 24-round whirlwind that got Adelaide off the ground in her campaign.