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Star import Rashid Khan’s late heroics for the Adelaide Strikers fell just short on New Year’s Eve as the Melbourne Stars registered a thrilling eight-run win.

Khan (24* off 14) took 10 runs off Marcus Stoinis’ final two balls of the penultimate over to set up a gettable 17 runs required off the final over – complete with an additional Stars player inside the ring due to a slow over rate.

But Luke Wood stepped up and held his nerve to concede just eight runs in the final over as the Stars recorded just their second win of the tournament.

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Chasing an imposing 187 for victory, thanks to Stars all-rounder Stoinis’ brilliant return to form, the Strikers couldn’t overcome Liam Hatcher’s devastating mid-match spell where he took two wickets in two balls, to finish 5-178 at Adelaide Oval.

Needing a win to stay in the finals race, Stoinis silenced his critics with an impressive 74 off just 35 deliveries, as he blasted the highest score (29) off a single over this series.

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Stoinis provided the New Year’s Eve fireworks a little earlier than scheduled to lift the Stars to 7-186, as he fell with just five balls remaining in Melbourne’s innings.

But the Stars’ great night was soured when Tom Rogers went down clutching his shoulder in the field.

The batsman, who impressed with his 30 from 24 balls, made an unsuccessful diving attempt to stop a boundary and landed awkwardly on his left shoulder.

“That doesn’t look good! Desperation but in the process, injury,” Fox Cricket’s Kerry O’Keeffe said.

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Medical staff assisted Rogers from the field, as he carried his injured shoulder, before he was ruled out of the remainder of the match.

But the Stars will be thrilled with Stoinis finding form for the first time this tournament.

The all-rounder, who entered the match under fire for the decision to rest him on Boxing Day, answered his critics with pure batting brilliance.

He first took Strikers captain Peter Siddle to the cleaners with a 24-run blitz in the 12th over.

But he sent shockwaves through the competition with the highest scoring over this tournament, coming against the competition’s leading wicket-taker Henry Thornton.

After Nick Larkin got off strike with a single from the first ball, Stoinis taught the Strikers youngster an absolute lesson.

He went with three straight sixes before a lucky inside edge ran down fine leg for four.

Stoinis then went for another maximum off the final ball of the over, sending it over deep mid wicket for the fourth six in five deliveries.

“The hulk returns to the BBL,” Fox Cricket’s Isa Guha praised.

“Stoinis is tearing it up at Adelaide Oval.

“It’s a feeding frenzy on the short side of the ground. Unbelievable power striking from Marcus Stoinis.

Fellow commentator Kerry O’Keeffe couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“Thornton was having a great night before this over and Stoinis is ruining it for him,” he said.

“I have no words … stop it!

“Stoinis going berko!”

His innings helped the Stars to a massive 7-186 – their highest score of the tournament so far.

The visitors managed to ride their luck early. It took until the eighth over for Henry Thornton get the breakthrough for the Strikers, when Rogers holed out in the deep on 30.

“At 30 off 24, he’s prepared to risk the six. But he falls,” commentator Kerry O’Keeffe said.

“He knew he had to get more of that.”

Khan, mic’d up for Fox Cricket, couldn’t help himself as he threw plenty of cheeky digs at Stars opponent Clarke.

“Are you close? You’re well set now,” he told the Stars batter.

“I thought you were going to play some shots now. How many balls you faced? More than 30?”

Clarke decided to engage with Khan, telling him “That’s a good length that. What was I supposed to do with that?”

Khan also tried to get under Beau Webster’s skin, tempting him with a gap at mid-wicket.

“There’s no mid-wicket. Have some,” Khan said gesturing to the field spot.

“That was the easy ball to hit to mid-wicket.”

Khan, who had a similar sledging battle against Perth’s Ashton Turner where he told him the Test was in Melbourne, said he didn’t enjoy opponents playing conservative against him.

“Just making sure they play some uncomfortable shots,” he explained.

“That’s something I don’t like (when they play conservative).

“Just to make sure the batsman have something in the mind to go after you.”

Clarke fell for 42 with a botched ramp but he set the platform for a big finish with Stoinis able to pick up the pace.

“Joe Clarke tried to get funky,” O’Keeffe said.

“Too much quirk can cost you your wicket.”

The Strikers were in the contest thanks to Henry Hunt’s 49 off 40 and Adam Hose’s 56* off just 41 balls.

But they “lost their heads”, according to Guha when Hatcher claimed Colin de Grandhomme (13 off 8) and then Thomas Kelly (0 off 1) in successive balls.

And the home side couldn’t recover to reel in a growing run rate mid-match and left themselves too much to do in the final overs.

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TEAMS

Strikers: Henry Hunt, Matt Short, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle (c)

Stars: Joe Clarke (wk), Tom Rogers, Beau Webster, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nick Larkin, Campbell Kellaway, Luke Wood, Trent Boult, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa (c)

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Originally published as Strikers ‘lose their heads’ as Stars hold nerve in thrilling finish after cheeky Rashid’s perfect banter

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