Rashid Khan went from a chance of less than 50-50 to a match winner in one day leaving the Perth Scorchers anchored to the bottom of the Big Bash table

The Afghan spin wizard passed a late hamstring fitness test in front of a brilliant all-round display to inspire the Adelaide Strikers to a 71-run win at the Adelaide Oval

On the hunt for 166 for her first tournament victory, the English star Jason Roy caused an early fireworks display on his Scorchers debut with three fours and a six in the third alone on the way to an 11-ball 21

But visitors collapsed after this point and went from 0-35 after three overs to 94 for early 16th Century

On one night he was crowned the Men’s Twenty20 Player of the Decade, Khan took all three balls to hit when Alex Carey packed Colin Munro’s (five balls out of eight) thick ridge in the middle of the fifth half / p>

The Khan-Carey combination hit the 11th again to get rid of Aaron Hardie for a duck with second ball that ended with numbers 2-18 from three overs

The rounder who twists the legs also did his bit with the bat, using his luck on 29 balls out of 13 to bring the Strikers to 8-165, the exact average score on the first inning at the venue. p>

“If you’d asked me that question yesterday, I would have said less than 50:50,” Adelaide Strikers manager Jason Gillespie said of Khan’s availability during the game

The returning import Liam Livingstone, who had finished his 14-day quarantine period with Roy on Christmas Day in Brisbane, scored the first goal for his team with 22 out of 24 points, but could not start

Early in the game, Mitch Marsh capitalized on his long-awaited return to bowling fold with a brilliant performance

The Scorchers stared at the barrel of more than 180 in front of Marsh’s groundbreaking spell, ending with 2-14 out of four overs

The seasoned all-rounder only played as a batsman when he was working his way back from an ankle injury in the Indian Premier League

Speedster Jhye Richardson picked up 3-30 of his four overs, including the big scalp of English opener Phil Salt, who dominated the tournament early on his way to his first half-century

In the 18th there was a double dose of Decision Review System (DRS) frustration when two false calls were made to LBWs in front of Richardson’s Bowling

Khan was born on Jan. given a life when he was plumb up front before buckling two sixes ahead of Andrew Tye (2-38 to three) on the following lap

His hitting partner Matt Short was not so lucky, although reps showed he hit the ball to the limit

Captain Ashton Turner sent the home team into play and after a close start it turned sour when 0-7 of two overs turned 0-50 of five and Salt and Jake Weatherald (18 of 23) penalized anything up to that square boundaries ranged

Marsh’s first spell of the tournament was worth the wait In his first seven deliveries prior to Weatherald’s breakthrough, five bullets were thrown

West Indian star Brian Lara described his bowling as a “special effort” that got the Scorchers back on the hunt

Leg spinner Fawad Ahmed, who was almost the first scorcher to go into hiding, repaid his skipper’s trust to recover first from a horror 17 run and finish 0-37 out of four

The Scorchers will meet the Strikers at the same location on their home turf at Optus Stadium on New Year’s Eve before four consecutive games

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