Queensland Bulls batter Nathan McSweeney made his debut for the teal, while spinner Jack Wood and in-form quick David Grant moved to the X-Factor role.
The Strikers were off to a comfortable start, sitting just shy of 8 runs an over. Some marvelous fielding from our boys saw Matt Short cop one on the arm from McSweeney in a stellar run-out attempt.
Youngster Will Prestwidge (2-34) continued his form from last game, removing the big wicket of Matt Short (27) at the end of the all important PowerPlay.
A worryingly settled partnership between Henry Hunt and Jake Weatherald ensued before Matt Kuhnemann (1-27) cleaned up Hunt’s stumps and sent him packing for 25.
Presto had big-hitter Weatherald (35 off 31) fail to send one over the rope as Jake Lehmann took the easy catch in the deep, his wicket signaling the end of the Strikers batting prowess.
Strikers coach Jason Gillespie had Rashid Khan promoted to number five for his last game of the BBL11 tournament, and the move proved beneficial early on.
Rashid stunned fans sending back-to-back sixes into a lively Gabba crowd, before our own superstar from Afghanistan Mujeeb had the last laugh, sending his compatriot back to the sheds for 13, all while donning a sheepish grin.
Some economical overs from our bowlers saw the Heat limit our visitors to a competitive 161 total.
Heat debutant Nathan McSweeney (5) opened the batting alongside captain Chris Lynn and was off the mark with a beautiful sweeping boundary.
Sweens tried emulating the same shot next ball, but the Strikers were one step ahead as Peter Siddle put Harry Conway in place to take the easy catch.
Lynny went swinging early, punching one of his first balls for six, but a length ball from Henry Thornton saw our skipper sent packing for 7.
Some confident batting from Ben Duckett (24) and Lachlan Pfeffer (23) steadied the ship for a while, as the two put on a combined 42 runs together.
A sensational team hat-trick from Rashid Khan (6-17) and Peter Siddle came in the 8th over, where he jointly knocked over Lachlan Pfeffer (23), Sam Heazlett (0) and Jake Lehmann (0) in spinning succession.
The Heat’s youngster’s were left with a big job at hand as Xavier Bartlett (19*) fought hard at the crease to remain competitive.
X was smoking them and it looked like the big guy could have been the saviour we needed, but Rashid’s magic leggies saw us rolled for just 90, gifting the visitors a victory of more than 70 runs.
The Heat will meet Glenn Maxwell’s last-placed Melbourne Stars on Sunday at the the MCG for a chance to rewrite the leaderboard before finals next Friday.