Brisbane Heat couldn’t recover from their shambolic batting collapse at the hands of Melbourne Renegades. After the shambolic defeat, Chris Lynn and Co have now gone down to the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets at The Gabba in Brisbane. The victory has helped Moises Henriques’ Sixers regain their second spot in the points table. For the Heat, they can’t afford to drop another match.
Heat huff and puff
After being out in to bat first, the hosts couldn’t inject any momentum into the innings. Toiling hard for 20 overs, the Heat could only manage 126 runs. Steve O’Keefe jolted them, picking up Lynn. The home team also lost Matt Renshaw and Sam Heazlett in the powerplay. In the first six overs, the Heat could only manage 36 runs. The onus was then on AB de Villiers and Marnus Labuschagne.
But Tom Curran removed Labuschagne to strike another blow. De Villiers ground hard for 26 balls and got to 25. Surprisingly, he couldn’t find the boundary even once. Ben Cutting had a similar stay, scoring 16. It eventually was James Pattinson’s 15-ball 27 that took the Heat over the 120-run mark. For the Sixers, fast bowlers Jackson Bird, Curran and Ben Dwarshuis picked a couple of wickets each.
Phillipe and Vince complete a simple chase
The Sixers didn’t have much trouble in getting over the finishing line and they did it with 25 balls to spare. Openers Josh Phillippe and James Vince set the platform, putting up 75 for the opening wicket off 9.5 overs. The duo brought down the required rate to 5.11. Vince got to his fifty off 34 balls before falling prey to Ben Laughlin. Thereafter, it was Steve Smith’s turn to show his class and flair.
Smith started by driving Labuschagne down the ground for a boundary. But in the very next over, Pattinson got rid of him with pace and bounce. At the other end, Phillipe looked determined to see his team through to glory. He got to his fifty of 41 balls and remained unbeaten. His knock was laced with four boundaries and a six. For the Heat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman had an off-day as he gave 32 runs.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Sixers’ victory: –
— We are RCB (@We_r_rcb) January 23, 2020
— Benno (@DearDiaryBenno) January 23, 2020
— Dennis Denuto.. It's the vibe. (@DennisD_61) January 23, 2020
— James Halliday (@JHalliday84) January 23, 2020
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 23, 2020
— Stu B (@datimekeeper) January 23, 2020
— Yash (@YashdeVilliers) January 23, 2020
Disappointing by the Heats.
— CricketSize (@CricketSize) January 23, 2020
With the roster the @HeatBBL have. They should be not be performing like this. I have no idea what needs to change. Maybe they need a psychologist? The carelessness need to stop. If the organisation is serious about membership, they need to sort out the performances #BBL09
— Mitch (@long_mitch) January 23, 2020
The Sixers beat Brisbane Heat by 8 wickets. 126 was just never enough on this pitch. AB tried everything he could but just never got going with wickets falling continuously on the other end. Next Up: Stars at the MCG on 25th. Hoping the best! 🙌#BBL09 #ABdeVilliers #BringTheHeat
— Yash (@YashdeVilliers) January 23, 2020
Man of the match in Heat v Sixers game? Steven O'Keefe. 1/20
What does that say? 😕 #BBL09
— JustJan2 (@bimmyjartel) January 23, 2020
✅ Caught Marnus Labuschagne
✅ Caught AB de Villiers
✅ Caught Mitchell Swepson
✅ Surpassed the 500-run mark for the Sixers
✅ Won by eight wickets
Steve Smith will have enjoyed his evening at the Gabba.
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 23, 2020
If you ask me that kid's lucky – He doesn't have to go to a Heat game for 5 years #BBL09
— Jason Titheradge (@jtitheradge1) January 23, 2020
Another horrible display tonight by the biggest frauds in the comp.
Only 3 genuine contenders left.#BBL09
— Tom O'Neil (@thomasjameoneil) January 23, 2020
That kid that ran on the field tonight just lost his pocket money from mummy and daddy until he is 45 #BBL09
— Summer Sports Ball (@crowdiegal) January 23, 2020
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