Khan’s six-wicket blitz the third-best figures in BBL history

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan signed off from the BBL season in style after taking the remarkable figures of 6-17 for the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba on Wednesday.

Khan, who is leaving for international duty, dismissed Brisbane Heat batters Sam Heazlett (0) and Jake Lehmann (0) in consecutive deliveries in his second over, with Lachlan Pfeffer (23 off 24) run out off the first ball of the over as part of a rare team hat-trick. He bagged another wicket in his next over when Will Prestwidge was caught for a duck.

The 23-year-old claimed the third-best bowling figures in BBL history when he took three more wickets in his fourth and final over to limit Brisbane to 90 all out and seal victory for the Strikers.

Adelaide racked up a solid 4-161 off their 20 overs, with Jake Weatherald the pick of the batters after hitting 35 off 31 deliveries.

Khan even contributed with the bat, smashing back-to-back sixes off his first two deliveries. He was bowled off his pads in bizarre fashion by Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-28) to end his four-ball 13-run innings, but got revenge on his fellow Afghan by bowling him for a duck as part of his six-wicket haul.

The victory, which included the Bash Boost point, lifts the Strikers off the bottom of the ladder to fifth while the Heat sink to sixth with four matches before the finals.

In Thursday’s games, the high-flying Sydney Thunder take on the Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium followed by the all-Melbourne clash between the Renegades and Stars at 7.35pm.

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