When does a win really feel like a loss?
When the world’s greatest T20 exponent is heading to the worldwide airport the following day.
That is the bittersweet actuality for the Adelaide Strikers, who bid farewell to real celebrity Rashid Khan to Afghanistan duties after beating the Melbourne Stars on Monday evening.
He is a leg-spinner, before everything, however a lot extra.
His helicopter batting has youngsters pouring by the gates, alongside together with his fearless fielding and common zest for all times.
And whereas Rashid now leaves Adelaide to sort out Eire in an ODI collection, he wasn’t about to slink out the door.
He took 2-29 from his 4 overs – a typical Rashid return – together with the elimination of Stars captain Glenn Maxwell for a golden duck.
After which there he was on the pointy finish, partnering Ryan Gibson with the bat to greatest the Stars’ 7-149 with 5 wickets and 6 balls to spare.
It lifted Adelaide to 3rd on the BBL ladder however deflated their spirits.
“So unhappy, we’re shattered,” stated Strikers fast Wes Agar, man of the match for his 2-19 from 4 overs.
“I instructed him right this moment: ‘mate, I’ll miss you.’
“He brings pleasure and happiness to the group and a lot success on the sector.”
So how do the Strikers fill his huge bowling boots?
“It should be attention-grabbing, we love taking part in with Rash,” Adelaide captain Alex Carey stated.
“It is a large gap to fill however Liam O’Connor is fairly eager to get on the market.
“We’ll see him off tonight.
“Everybody loves taking part in with him and watching him right here.”
In the meantime, the Stars are in a Three-5 gap, caught in seventh place.
The 2 Sydney groups are high of the ladder, the Melbourne sides propping up the underside.
“They have been sensible,” Maxwell stated of the Strikers.
“They scrapped exhausting all evening.
“We simply missed just a few occasions on the finish there they usually have been capable of pay money for us.
“However we see how bunched up it’s within the center.
“You get a win with a bonus level, and with the highest 5 (qualifying for the finals) it offers you a chance.”