Adil Rashid was named man of the match after helping Adelaide Strikers secure a dramatic six-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.
Jason Gillespie’s Strikers took their impressive record to six wins from seven as Australia coach Darren Lehmann’s son Jake hit the first ball he faced in T20 cricket – and the last of the match – over extra cover for six to seal victory and spark mass celebrations at a packed Adelaide Oval.
Rashid earlier picked up two key wickets en route to figures of 2-16 from four overs to restrict Hobart to 143 all out, becoming the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 14 in the process.
Hobart had been going well on 92 for three, but after Tim Paine was run out for 45 leg-spinner Rashid turned the screw.
He bowled Jason Wells for 20, then trapped Dan Christian – who yesterday rejoined Notts Outlaws for 2016’s NatWest T20 Blast – lbw for eight.
A half-century from Tim Ludeman seemingly had the Strikers coasting to victory, but after Brad Hodge was bowled by the penultimate ball of the 19th over they found runs hard to come by.
Alex Ross was caught in the deep with five needed from three balls and, after Ludeman took a single from the next ball, Lehmann rose to the occasion to keep Adelaide top of the table.