Rashid Khan, BBL 2019/20
Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

The chief protagonist with the ball Ben Laughlin claimed four wickets; as the Big Bash League debutant Rashid Khan picked two — to see the hosts’ Adelaide Strikers wining the match convincingly against Sydney Thunder by 53 runs on Friday (December 22) evening.

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Ben Laughlin was brilliant with the white-ball. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The medium pacer Laughlin saw his figures of four for 26 in 3.4 overs, as Peter Siddle alongside young leg-spinner Rashid has managed to pick two wickets each.

Moreover, Travis Head and Billy Stanlake claimed wicket apiece.

Chasing the target of 164, Thunder was rattled out inside 17.4 overs on 110.

The Adelaide bowlers made things easy for the captain Travis Head, as Thunder kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

At one stage, Thunder was 69 for two in 10 overs before the floodgates were opened with the dismissal of Ryan Gibson for Strikers.

Andrew Fekete (1 off 7) was the last man to return to the hut when he was caught by Colin Ingram on the bowling of Laughlin.

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Arjun Nair shone for Sydney Thunder. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Apart from opening batsman Kurtis Patterson and Arjun Nair, there was no other batsman who had anything on an offer for the hosts.

Patterson was the top-scorer with 37-ball 48 which subsequently saw him registering four boundaries and a maximum.

Nair has been an interesting pick for the Thunder as he bagged three wickets which further saw him remaining unbeaten on 23 off 22 balls.

At least seven Thunder batsmen did not go past the double-figure mark which eventually saw four were dismissed for nought.

Earlier, batting first Adelaide Strikers posted 163 for six on the board in 20 overs.

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Ben Laughlin was on the hat-trick when Sydney Thunder was 88 for eight, as Alex Carrey was the top-scorer with the bat. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The opening batsman Alex Carey was the top-scorer for Travis Head-led Strikers. The southpaw smashed 26-ball 44 runs which was comprised of five boundaries and two sixes.

The hosts lost the first wicket cheaply at the score of 10 when opening batsman Jake Weatherald scored just eight of six balls.

For the second-wicket, Head knitted the partnership of 79 runs with Carey.

Head, who is known for his batting prowess scored 36 off 29 balls.

The left-handed batsman Colin Ingram scored run-a-ball 15, as skipper Shane Watson posted 12 off 12 balls.

However, Jake Lehmann scored 23 off 22 balls and Jonathan Wells managed to score 13 off 17 balls.
Jono Dean remained not out on 12 off six balls as Rashid Khan didn’t face any ball before the completion.

Here’s the list of tweets over Adelaide Strikers and Syndey Thunder:

https://twitter.com/angelinelowther/status/944176707069558784

https://twitter.com/ArjGiese/status/944167690515595264

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor