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Phil Salt top scores for Adelaide Strikers in narrow defeat

Phil Salt scored his second half-century of the current edition of the Big Bash League against Melbourne Renegades at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. The opening batsman made 59 off 42 balls, with three fours and three sixes, top-scoring for Adelaide Strikers in the process. 

Salt waits to bat

His partnerships of 61 and 65 with fellow opener Matt Renshaw and former Sussex Shark Alex Carey had set the Strikers up for a big score, but a flurry of wickets in the final five overs of their innings saw the home side limited to 177 for 7.

Sussex Sharks' overseas player Rashid Khan was the pick of the Strikers' bowlers during the Renegades' innings. The leg-spinner finished with 2 for 24 from his four overs. An innings of 71 not out from Rashid's compatriot Mohammad Nabi proved decisive, however, with the Afghan helping his side to victory with six wickets and a ball to spare. 

After nine matches and with five games remaining in the group stage, Adelaide occupy the fourth of five qualifying positions for the finals series. Their next match is against Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval on Monday evening.