Afghan veteran Mohammed Nabi propelled the Melbourne Renegades to a thrilling six-wicket victory over the Adelaide Strikers, ending a seven-game losing streak and keeping the club’s low hopes in the BBL final.
The Renegades, now 2-7, remain entrenched at the bottom of the ladder but have a mathematical chance to advance to the playoffs after winning with one ball to lose at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
Nabi, the 36-year-old versatile who is nicknamed The President ‘, was huge.
Hitting at No.4, Nabi clubbed 71 paces of 41 balls and found a willing ally in youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk (29 paces of 23) to guide the Renegades past Adelaide’s 7-177 goal.
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“The last 4-5 games I haven’t performed well for my team,” Nabi told Fox Cricket.
“I did something for my team and I am really happy.”
Nabi was also able to deny his compatriot Rashid Khan, who was again exceptional taking 2-24 against 4 assists.
“He’s the No. 1 bowler in the world and I played it safe most of the time,” Nabi said.
“He takes me out most of the time.
“A large melon.”
Fraser-McGurk later joked that he and Nabi had some issues determining the required stroke rate.
Half the age of Nabi and growing up halfway around the world, the unlikely duo summed up what is so unique and treasured about modern day cricket in the T20 franchise.
“It is sometimes a little difficult to understand and the math is not my strong point and neither is it his,” the 18-year-old joked, after asking “is that it? After reaching the winning points.
Adelaide remains fourth on a crowded scale with a 4-4 record.
Phil Salt was the Strikers’ top scorer at 59 of 42.