After cracking a brilliant 95, Sophie Devine took 5/41 for Adelaide Strikers, thus pipping Ellyse Perry as the all-time leading female wicket-taker in the shortest format.
Her double of a half-century – cut tantalisingly short of making it a century – coupled with her five-for was also the first such instance in the Women's Big Bash League. Her effort powered Adelaide to a 19-run victory.
With the fifth wicket, Devine also surpassed Ellyse Perry's tally of 180 T20 wickets to become the leading wicket-taker in the format for women.
Australia's Perry, the Sydney Sixers captain, herself has been in a stunning form in the tournament, already scoring two centuries. However, she managed to score just two runs against Brisbane Heat as her team were bundled for 88 in a crushing 66-run loss. Brisbane had scored 154/7 – Perry taking one wicket.
Devine was in exceptional form as she took the attack to the Melbourne Stars bowlers. Her 60-ball knock featured eight fours and five sixes.
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Melbourne had begun their chase of 173 promisingly before Devine dismissed Lizelle Lee for 25. She then made repeated breakthroughs to sap the momentum out of their innings.
With that victory, Adelaide are now sixth on the points table. After a slow start to the tournament, they will hope to build on this performance to make a strong comeback in the second half to try and claw their way into the top four.