Joe Burns and Joe Denly starred in the five-wicket victory for Brisbane Heat over Sydney Thunder. The duo scored fifties and a 90-run stand between them for the third wicket as the Heat chased the target of 174 with five balls to spare. The victory has given the home side four points and Heat have now 12 points from three wins.
The 28th match of the BBL 10 was struck out between the hosts, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. Thunder entered the game with five wins from six games. A combined effort from the batsmen led by Alex Hales have given the score of 174. However, the score wasn’t enough as the home side, Heat chased the score with five balls to spare, courtesy fifties from Joe Burns and Joe Denly.
Sydney Thunder innings – Batsmen led by Alex Hales, posted 174
A second-ball duck for Usman Khawaja was written as Sydney Thunder had not the best of the starts. Khawaja had top-edged an attempted pull shot and Mujeeb take a high catch. Thunder 1-0.
Alex Hales has been performing well in the BBL 10 and once again, he top-scored the innings for Thunder. Scoring a good 77-run partnership in a quick time with Callum Ferguson for the second wicket, Thunder were right back on track.
But then Hales and Ferguson were out in quick succession. Mujeeb had the better of the two batsmen and the third wicket was fell at the score of 93.
Sam Billings, Daniel Sams, and Ben Cutting then provided the final touches to take the score to 174 runs. The trio had smoked six sixes together, two each. Sams was the quickest of the three, scoring 37 runs of just 18 balls.
Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mark Steketee picked up a couple of wickets each.
Brisbane Heat innings – Joes (Burns & Denly) lead the chase
Chris Lynn and Max Bryant had the explosive start for Brisbane Heat as begin their chase of 175 runs. Smoking a few fours and sixes at the start before Bryant was the first to go in the 4th over.
Lynn soon followed him after hitting three fours and two sixes and scoring a quick 30 runs off 16 balls.
That brought out the two Joes, Denly and Burns, who then went on to score a ninety run stand for the third wicket. The stand also laid the foundation for the victory push for the Heat.
Denly the first to go of the two Joes, dismissed for 50 runs off 36 balls that included four fours and two sixes.
That left 31 runs to be scored of 31 balls. The next wicket also had wicket of Lewis Gregory. So all of a sudden, Thunder have two in two.
But, Denly-Burns partnership had already set the tone for the victory. The time when Burns got out, Heat only required 7 runs off 9 balls. They scored all with five balls to spare and secured their third victory of the season. Burns was out on 52 runs off 38 balls that included five fours and two sixes.
Tanveer Sangha picked up three wickets in the innings.
Joe Burns was the man of the match for the night for his 52 runs off 38 balls.
Man of the Match: Joe Burns
Result: Brisbane Heat won by 5 wickets
Points: Brisbane Heat 4, Sydney Thunder 0