Rashid Khan shines for Adelaide Strikers on Big Bash League debut

Elias Hubbard
December 23, 2017

New Zealand bowler Mitchell McClenaghan failed to keep his emotions in check after dropping a sitter in last night's Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Syndey Thunder - and he knew exactly who he wanted to blame.

Khan was awarded man of the match for his 2/22 off four overs, while Ben Laughlin took 4/26.

Rashid's canny wrist spin helped unravel the Thunder, grabbing the wickets of Ryan Gibson caught behind followed by his peach delivery to bowl Ben Rohrer two balls later.

The Thunder were bowled out for 110 in 17.4 overs after Adelaide posted 6-163 before 36,278 spectators including a young boy who was hit in the head by a six. And to then to perform and get player of the match - it was a dream to play in this league, so it's a proud moment for my country, for me, for my family.

The Thunder, with one win and a loss, couldn't gain momentum in their run chase, with opener Kurtis Patterson (48 from 37 balls) the only batsman in the top five to pass a dozen runs. As for Stanlake and Head, they claimed one wicket each.

Alex Carey and captain Travis Head made up for Weatherald's dismissal with a 79-run partnership before Head was caught behind off the bowling of Arjun Nair for 36.

Head's innings included a six over midwicket that hit a child spectator in the head.

The mother of six-year-old Charlie reacted instantly, checking on her son's welfare while play was temporarily halted between the home side and the Sydney Thunder.

Rashid, 19, captured two for 22 from four overs, highlighted by a spectacular wrong'un.

The Thunder players claimed McClenaghan was interfered with before he attempted to take the catch and demanded the officials take action.

Ryan Gibson will be the batsman most under threat from Ferguson if he is passed fit but he will be keen to improve if he gets another chance, as will high profile global star Jos Buttler who was out for a duck in the opening game.

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