Exceptional innings by AB de Villiers keeps Brisbane Heat hopes alive in the Big Bash League 2019/20. Brisbane Heat went to score 186/5 in 20 overs taking advantage of batting first and putting a pretty tough total to defend. In return, Micheal Swepson’s 3/31 bowling figure won the game for Heat, with 71 runs claiming the 5th spot at the ladder. Heat beat Stars by 71 Runs – Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd enjoyed the entertaining 71 run knock by de Villiers. His superb innings are coming for just 37 balls, taking over with six maximums and two boundaries.
Melbourne Stars lost their 3rd consecutive game of Big Bash League 9th season after winning eight games in a row. Despite missing three games in a row, Stars have qualified for the playoffs with their positive NRR and most points. At an earlier stage, Stars were uncatchable at first with their most wins in this season. However, Heat batting line early kept on ticking and losing wickets at regular intervals before de Villiers fireworks powered the Heat scorecard within no time.
Brisbane Heat was 102/4 in 14 overs before he charged up, finished their inning with 88 runs contribution in the last six overs. AB de Villiers formed three partnerships, including Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, and Marnus Labaschangne, with 25, 33, and 70, respectively. Labaschange assisted him well in the end, with his significant contribution of 24 runs for just 13 balls. He smashed two sixes and rest of his innings he scored on the toe. Heat beat Stars by 71 Runs – While in the pursuit of 185 in 20 overs, Stars batting line fall to 115 all out in 17.1 overs.
AB de Villiers 71 Runs Off 31 Balls
Not a single batsman went into the thirties with the Handscomb highest innings of 27 runs. Glenn Maxwell lost his wicket at the second ball he faced after opening his account with a single at first delivery. The excellent bowling spell by Mitchell Swepson and James Pattinson collectively taking five wickets turned the entire game at first. Pattison removed the opening pair taking his 2/17 in his three overs bowling spell with Stoinis and Gotch. While Swepson dismissed three outstanding batsmen Larkin, Maxwell, and Nic Maddinson.They nearly played a vital role in Star’s consecutive wins.
The heat has almost set grounds for their qualification to the Big Bash League 2019/20 final round if they win the next game. For Brisbane Heat, it was a must-win game to stay with the top five BBL 9 teams for playing playoffs. Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehman and captain Chris Lynn made few changes to their lineup before making their way to the final. Two wicket-keeper batsmen included, in the beginning, keeping Sam Heazlett and AB de Villiers. They completely changed the batting order posting Labuschagne to the 6th position down the lower-order.
In the second last and most important must win the game, de Villiers figured out the space attacking debutant bowler. Melbourne Stars gave a call to Pakistani pacer, Dilbar Hussain, earlier as the replacement of Haris Rauf. Dilbar Hussain bowled his first four overs bowling spell and recorded the expansive one too. AB de Villiers played the first 13 balls, setting his eye on the balls with his defensive approach. He got the trademark he is best known as Mr. 360 degree, who smashed six maximums and two fours to his innings in the next 24 balls he faced.
Most importantly, de Villiers went to score 58 runs in his last 21 balls he faced until the end of their batting innings. While defending the total, Heat appeared a wholly changed team with unique bowling spells by Swepson and Pattinson. Both bowled well, conceding fewer runs and taking wickets at regular intervals. Not a single batsman went into the thirties as of Handscomb just 27 as highest in Stars batting innings. Stars faced the worst blow going with their 3rd consecutive loss fall to 115/10 in 17.4 overs.