The Perth Scorchers’ miserable BBL tournament has continued with a horror batting collapse in a 71-run loss to the Adelaide Strikers.
Chasing 166 to win, Perth’s batsmen imploded to be bowled out for 94 in 15.2 overs on Monday night.
Perth remain winless after four matches while the Strikers jump from fifth to top spot with their bonus-point triumph at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide posted 8-165 with opener Phil Salt top-scoring with 51 from 31 balls and Rashid Khan adding a late flourish with 29 from 13 deliveries.
The Scorchers then made a fast start in their run chase, blasting 35 runs from their initial three overs.
But Perth then crashed spectacularly, losing all 10 wickets for just 59 more runs.
Five Adelaide bowlers took two wickets each: Wes Agar (2-16), Rashid (2-18), Danny Briggs (2-8 from three overs), Peter Siddle (2-23) and Daniel Worrall (2-29).
Rashid, who also took a catch in a man-of-the-match display, said the Strikers were always confident their bowling attack would prevail.
“When I was batting, I (thought) … if we cross 150, with the bowling we have, it’s defendable,” Rashid said.
Perth’s collapse came after openers Jason Roy (21 from 11 balls) and Josh Ingles (16 from 11) delivered a sizzling start to their chase.
But Ingles’ dismissal, bowled when attempting an ambitious ramp shot from Agar’s first delivery, started the rot.
Roy, Colin Munro (five), Mitchell Marsh (one), Ashton Turner (two) and Aaron Hardie (duck) and Jhye Richardson (seven) all fell in rapid succession.
Only Liam Livingstone, who made 22 from 24 balls, offered meaningful resistance.
Earlier, Adelaide’s Salt cracked four sixes and four fours in his rapid-fire knock.
The Englishman’s early onslaught helped the Strikers reach 0-49 from five overs.
After the dismissal of fellow opener Jake Weatherald (18 from 23 balls), the Strikers stumbled from 1-79 at the midway point to 5-111 just six overs later.
But a late cameo from Rashid lifted the Strikers, with the Afghani hitting three sixes including two over the oval’s long, straight boundary.
“They went farther than I was expecting,” he said.
“As we know, here the straight boundaries are very big and hard to clear … but I just tried to go for it.”
Perth’s Richardson (3-30), Marsh (2-14) and Andrew Tye (2-38) were multiple wicket-takers.