Despite a late stumble, the Adelaide Strikers are well placed in their BBL clash with the Melbourne Renegades, posting 7-177 from their 20 overs.
Phil Salt (59) blasted his way back to form and acting captain Alex Carey (42) showcased some scintillating strokeplay before the hosts lost 6-41 to give the last-placed Renegades some hope of averting an eighth successive defeat.
The anticipated fireworks between Matt Renshaw and Renegades paceman Kane Richardson – after the pair’s well-publicised slanging match on Tuesday – didn’t eventuate, Renshaw instead letting his bat do the talking.
The former Test opener was the early aggressor before spooning a catch to Beau Webster at mid-off on 30. Salt and Carey then thrilled in a 75-run second-wicket union.
With 13 runs from his past three knocks and an average of 16.37 this summer, Salt was circumspect early before exploding, raising his half-ton off 34 deliveries before picking out Mackenzie Harvey in the deep.
Carey also started sedately before launching at Richardson in the power surge, crunching three huge sixes in the 14th over, which conceded 25.
There was some confusion when the power surge call was missed by the umpires, despite Renegades captain Aaron Finch bringing the field in.
Carey showed fine sportsmanship mid-over when he confirmed to the umpires he had called the surge before holing holed out the following over.
His dismissal instigated a strong ‘Gades fightback, largely through legspinner Peter Hatzoglou (3-43) and Jack Prestwidge (2-20), whose flurry of late wickets denied Adelaide the 200-plus total that had looked on the cards.