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Rashid Khan spoke to media after the three-run loss against Sydney Thunder

Rashid Khan spoke to media after the Adelaide Strikers' three-run loss to the Sydney Thunder on New Year's Eve. 

Coming to the crease with his side in dire straits at 7/118 and needing an unlikely 51 off the last four overs to haul in the Thunder's 5/168, Rashid (40 off 18 balls) launched a savage late counterattack in front of 41,414 fans.

Rashid smoked three sixes in his thrilling knock before he was run out as he dropped his bat while desperately attempting a second run to retain strike, with five required off two balls.

With four then needed off the last delivery, Wes Agar attempted to ramp Chris Morris but missed and was then run out trying to sneak a bye leaving the hosts three runs short.

Jake Weatherald (52) held things together superbly earlier after the Strikers started disastrously when Phil Salt (duck) and Matt Short (six) holed out cheaply before in-form Strikers captain Alex Carey feathered South African Morris to 'keeper Matt Gilkes for 19.

The Thunder was led by captain Callum Ferguson who earned Player of the Match Honours for his 73 from 46.

The Strikers will now have two days off and will leave for Coffs Harbour on Saturday for their match against Sydney Sixers at 6:40pm (local) on Sunday.