Two victories in their last three games have revived Adelaide Strikers’ campaign and they are now firmly in contention for the last two playoffs spots.
Their last win, against Brisbane Heat, was super impressive and largely the doing of their outgoing Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan, who claimed a stunning six-for to skittle Brisbane for a mere 90 in response to Adelaide’s 161.
It was a bittersweet moment for the Strikers because the match-winning performance by Rashid was also his last of the season as he now has to report for national duty.
Coinciding with Rashid’s departure has been the Strikers finding a new bowling option, although not like-for-like and nowhere near the same class but he would do for now. Henry Thornton made his season debut and bowled with a decent pace, giving away just 12 runs in his 3 overs.
Earlier, the batters had also done well, with almost everyone making decent contributions towards the team’s 161-run total.
Perth Scorchers have amassed 37 points and sit pretty at the top of the league. They’ve lost only to Sydney Thunder (twice) all season and that is the only side that can threaten their status as league leaders.
In their last game, the Scorchers defeated Melbourne Stars, which is a treatment they mete out to most sides not named Sydney.
What’s scary is that recently they’ve started getting runs from unexpected places and from players who either weren’t there before or did not need to do much.
In the last game, Nick Hobson, who was making his season debut, scored 46. Then, against the Stars, Laurie Evans scored a 69 despite being quiet for much of the tournament. Ashton Turner, too, has a 47* and 69 in his last two but hadn’t done much before that. These are signs of a powerful unit that does not get bogged down due to the absence of any particular players.