BBL best moments: Bat flip backfire, Khan’s ridiculous swat
The Perth Scorchers made light work of the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday night, chasing down 88 runs in 18 overs at Perth Stadium.
But Rashid Khan showed his capabilities with the bat, and the Scorchers showed they still have some work to do in the field.
Here are the best moments from their Big Bash League Boxing Day showdown.
BAT FLIP CAUSES UNCERTAINTY
So all the talk leading into BBL|08 was about whether captains would be calling roofs or flats, after the coin toss was replaced by a bat flip.
But did anyone consider calling sides?
Adelaide Strikers captain Colin Ingram and Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner soon found out the hard way, as the first bat flip at Perth Stadium for the season resulted in a dead-heat, after it landed on the edge.
Turner jokingly kicked over the bat onto his preferred side, before it was decided to re-flip the bat, which saw the Scorchers win.
THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT
Not much didn't go to plan for the Scorchers throughout the night.
But one passage of play in the 10th over had players going in all directions, after not one but three attempts at a run out was made.
First there was a missed chance at the bowler's end by Turner to run Jon Wells out, before Nathan Coulter-Nile backed up the missed chance at the stumps and too had his own shot.
The ball then returned to Turner who threw the ball to the keeper's end to run out Strikers opening batsman Alex Carey for 11.
KHAN'S TENNIS SWAT FOR SIX
Rashid Khan is known for his fizzing leg spinners and ripping wrong-uns, not his big hitting.
With the Strikers on the back foot at 7-46, it was left to Cameron Valente and Khan to help the Strikers to somewhat of a competitive score.
Khan whacked two sixes, scoring 21 from just 12 balls - including a swatted six over fine leg.
He's certainly a competition favourite and there's no doubt kids in the backyard will be attempting their best 'Rashid Khan swat' over the school holidays.
The Scorchers' next fixture is against last year's finalists Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston. Meanwhile, the Strikers take on the Sydney Thunder at home in their traditional New Year's Eve fixture.