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Liam O'Connor picked up three wickets to derail Brisbane Heat

Liam O'Connor picked up three wickets to derail Brisbane Heat

An all-round bowling performance gave Adelaide Strikers a big push in their quest to make the knockouts as they downed Brisbane Heat to take up the third spot with 11 points. In just his second game of the season, leggie Liam O'Connor led the way with the ball, helping his side derail Brisbane Heat regularly. Michael Neser and Rashid Khan were equally effective - if not as prolific in the wickets column - as Strikers folded for 100, which the Heat chased down in 11th over thanks to Phillip Salt's onslaught in a 38-ball 67*.

The victory didn't just put the Strikers ahead on points table, but has also given their NRR a massive boost, which could come in handy when teams jostle for a top-four spot.

Heat couldn't replicate their batting success from the reverse fixture that was played just six days ago, when AB de Villiers made an impressive debut. On Friday, Neser dismissed him for a three-ball 2 in the fourth over, which left Heat two-down at for 18. Matt Renshaw - Heat's best batsman of the season so far - began to plot Heat's revival in the company of his captain Chris Lynn, but Travis Head mixed up his bowling options quite smartly, using a lot of spin in the first half of the innings.

It was O'Connor that made the first big incision in the post-PowerPlay period, when Lynn mistimed a slog and ended up toe-poking it towards cover, where Rashid took a sharp catch to end the stand. Head brought himself on in the ninth over and struck straightaway, when Joe Burns went after him, but in futility, as he too found Rashid. Just before the halfway stage, O'Connor crippled the visitors further as Jimmy Peirson didn't read the top-spinner in his attempt to cut the ball, and ended up nicking it to a very attentive wicketkeeper in Harry Nielsen.

Ben Cutting followed suit in a very similar dismissal, giving O'Connor his third wicket of the game. With six wickets down, Head brought back Neser, who struck first ball to end Renshaw's vigil on 43 off 31. Rashid and Wes Agar wrapped up the last three wickets swiftly, as Heat were bundled out for just 100 runs.

Phillip Salt - in the company of Jake Weatherald - made mincemeat of the small target, smashing an unbeaten 67 off just 38 balls - including five sixes. Heat were hit hard by the absence of James Pattinson - who picked a fifer in the reverse fixture. Their hunt for an early breakthrough never came, as the opening pair began without any sense of urgency, and yet picked up 45 runs in the first six overs. After playing out a maiden over off Josh Lalor in the third over, Salt went after him in the 10th, hitting two sixes in the 19-run over. Salt essay included 50 runs in boundaries as he got his team over the line in just the 11th over.

Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat 100 in (Matt Renshaw 43; Liam O'Conor 3-30, Michael Neser 2-14, Wes Agar 2-15) lost to Adelaide Strikers 104/0 in 10.5 overs (Phillip Salt 67*, Jake Weatherald 33*) by 10 wickets

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