Brisbane Heat kept themselves alive in the playoffs race as they registered their 6th win of the season with a 71-run win over the Melbourne Stars. AB de Villiers came up with his first real contribution of the season as he smashed a 37-ball 71 with two fours and six maximums. His heroics helped Brisbane to finish on 186/5 in the 20 overs. The chase looked interesting until the end of 8th when the Stars were 68/2 but the run out of Peter Handscomb turned the things upside down for them as they were bowled out for only 115 in 17.4 overs.
All the statistical highlights from a record 71-run win for the Brisbane Heat at the MCG:
Biggest defeat for the Stars:
71 – The 71-run defeat in this match is the biggest loss in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars. Their previous biggest BBL defeat in terms of runs was by 59 runs against the Hobart Hurricanes during the last season.
The toughest opponent:
8 – Melbourne Stars have lost 8 out of 12 BBL meetings against the Brisbane Heat; the joint-most number of losses for them against any side. They lost 8 out of 16 BBL matches against the Perth Scorchers.
Four out of the eight defeats against the Brisbane team came at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Stars lost as many BBL matches at the MCG only against Heat and Sydney Thunder.
A tough debut for Dilbar:
56 – The 56 runs conceded by Dilbar Hussain are the most runs conceded by a player on his BBL debut. The 50 runs conceded by Tom Rogers in the 2017-18 season for Hurricanes against the Thunder were the previous most on BBL debut.
1/56 – Dilbar’s figures of 1/56 in this game are the 2nd most expensive bowling figures in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars. Daniel Worrall gave away 60 runs during the 2014-15 season match against Hobart Hurricanes.
ABD ends his six less streak:
86 – AB de Villiers hit his first six on Australian soil in the T20 format after 85 balls. He batted 67 deliveries before this match across five T20 innings in Australia without hitting a six.
385 – The first of the six maximums by De Villiers in this match was also his maiden six at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He faced 367 balls across two ODIs and two Tests at the MCG before this match without a six.
Stoinis @ 600:
607 – Marcus Stoinis became only the 2nd player to amass 600+ runs in an edition of Big Bash League. D’Arcy Short leads the list with 637 runs from 15 innings during the 2018-19 season. Stoinis’ 607 runs are the most by any player in the league phase of a BBL edition surpassing the 602 runs by D’Arcy Short in the previous season.
ABD – The keeper:
2 – Only the 2nd time since the 2016 WT20 that AB de Villiers has featured in any professional match as a keeper. During the 2019 MSL, ABD was slated to keep wickets for Tshwane Spartans against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants but the game as washed out after few overs of the Spartans’ inning.
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