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Adelaide hand out BBL thumping to Brisbane

By AAP Newswire

Phil Salt's powerhouse hitting display has helped the Adelaide Strikers catapult to third spot on the BBL ladder after smashing Brisbane Heat by 10 wickets at Adelaide Oval.

After bundling the Heat for 100, Strikers openers Salt (67 not out off 38 balls, including five sixes) and Jake Weatherald (33 not out) made extremely light work of the chase, reeling in the modest target with 55 deliveries remaining on Friday.

On the back of the Heat's landslide seven-wicket win at the Gabba, it was an ultra-impressive bounce back from the Strikers who leapfrogged past Brisbane and Perth on the table and received a huge net run-rate boost.

Weatherald was the early aggressor before Salt picked up the pace.

Welshman Salt peppered Josh Lalor for 19 in one over - including two sixes - to raise an impressive half century off 34 balls before finishing with a flourish.

He belted under-siege spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0-47) for a four and two more sixes to give his side an early victory.

"After getting beaten like that (on Tuesday), it's very easy to go gun-shy," Salt, who plundered 36 off his last 10 balls, said.

"But we came out guns blazing and we were clinical."

Earlier, legspinner Liam O'Connor (career-best 3-30) and seamers Michael Neser (2-14) and Wes Agar (2-15) did the damage with the ball to skittle the Heat in 17 overs.

Matt Renshaw (43) and captain Chris Lynn (26) were the only Brisbane batsmen to post double figures in a reckless batting display.

Max Bryant (one) and AB de Villiers (two) holed out early before Lynn succumbed to a magnificent running, diving catch by Rashid Khan off O'Connor.

Lynn's departure sparked an 8-53 collapse with the Heat's last five wickets falling for 11 runs, giving the Strikers the perfect platform for Salt's assault.

"Some of the guys in the middle got a bit unlucky nicking the ball when we were trying to rebuild," Renshaw said.

"Once you dig a hole like that, it's hard to get out.

"It was just one of those days you have in Twenty20 cricket."