Rashid Khan stunned the cricketing world with a stunning spell of 6/17 against the Brisbane Heat as Adelaide Strikers jumped from bottom to the fifth position.
Rashid Khan was not having a good time in the Big Bash League encounter between Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat. This was his last game in the 2021/22 edition of the tournament as he had to rejoin international duty. His first over went for 11 runs. But, in the next three overs, Rashid Khan produced a stunning spell of bowling that dazzled cricket fans. He conceded just six runs and took six wickets to end with figures of 6/17. This was the third-best figures by a bowler in the history of the Big Bash League.
Rashid Khan’s 6/17 is bettered only by Ish Sodhi who took 6/11 for the Adelaide Strikers against the Sydney Thunder in 2017. But, the best figures in the history of the Big Bash League goes to Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lanka legend took 6/7 for Melbourne Stars against the Perth Scorchers in 2012.
|Lasith Malinga||6/7||Melbourne Stars||Perth Scorchers||2012|
|Ish Sodhi||6/11||Adelaide Strikers||Sydney Thunder||2017|
|Rashid Khan||6/17||Adelaide Strikers||Brisbane Heat||2022|
|Dan Christian||5/14||Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Strikers||2017|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||5/15||Brisbane Heat||Hobart Hurricanes||2020|
Adelaide Strikers chose to bat at the Gabba against the Brisbane Heat. All the Adelaide Strikers batters got starts but none of them carried on to a big score. Matthew Short started aggressively with 27 off 19 balls but it was the 53-run stand between Jake Weatherald and Henry Hunt that gave them a good platform. Rashid Khan looked in good touch with two sixes but he was sent back by his Afghanistan teammate Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 13.
Jonathan Wells and Thomas Kelly registered a stand of 36 in quick time as Adelaide Strikers ended on 161/4. Brisbane Heat started poorly with Nathan McSweeney and Chris Lynn departing cheaply. Ben Duckett and Lachlan Pfeffer steadied the ship with a partnership of 45. At 62/2 in eight overs, the game was evenly poised.
But, Rashid Khan struck in a big way. After Pfeffer was run out for 24, Rashid sent back Sam Heazlett and Jake Lehmann in quick succession. Although he missed a hat-trick, Rashid had broken the back of the Heat chase. After Duckett and Will Prestwidge departed, the game was up. Rashid, having picked up Prestwidge, now went for the kill. In his final over, he sent back Matthew Kuhnemann and Mujeeb in quick succession. He missed the hat-trick again but he cleaned up the innings by getting Liam Guthrie to end with 6/17.
After the match, Rashid, who won the Man of the Match award stated, “When I bowled my first few balls, I thought this is a wicket where I can bowl well if I bowl in the right areas. I never thought about taking six wickets, 2-3 were already on my mind, but it was a total team effort. Tried my best to bowl in the right areas. A dream last match to play, I am so happy to contribute. I got Man of the Match after a long time. Feeling happy to finish the season with a win and with wickets as well.”
Adelaide Strikers are now in fifth position while Brisbane Heat is in sixth position. The collapse of eight wickets for 28 runs could hurt Brisbane Heat’s chances in the qualification stages for the playoff.