Sydney Sixers beat Brisbane Heat by eight wickets in the chase of seemingly small total 127 completed 25 balls spare to the innings. A brilliant opening partnership between Josh Philippe and James Vince with 75 runs off 59 balls. They set a foundation for Sixers to win the game. Sydney Sixers won their 7th game out of 12 in the BBL 9 taking their third spot at the points table. Sixers Beat Heat by 8 Wickets – Brisbane Heat lost 7th game out of 12 in their Big Bash 9 taking 5th position at the BBL points table.
Sixers Beat Heat by 8 Wickets – Sydney Sixers are likely to make their way to the top 5 teams to play big bash play this season. While batting first at Gabba Cricket Stadium, Brisbane Heat failed to form a partnership. That could lead them to a modest total on the board. Brisbane Heat batting line sheltered at Gabba cricket stadium, as they lost their top five batsmen in the powerplay.
Brisbane Heat 57/5 in 10 overs
The core batting line for Heat including Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw and Sam Heazlett. Marnus Labuschagne and Jimmy Peirson went to the pavilion in the first half of the game. In the first ten overs, Brisbane Heat were 57/5 with the leading batsman back to the dugouts. The highest partnership between James Pattinson and Ben Laughlin 33 runs off 17 balls. They helped Heat to have something over six runs per over for Sixers.
AB de Villiers played a defensive innings taking control over the innings despite losing some quick wickets. The two top-order batsmen for Brisbane Heat returned to the squad including Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne after Australia completed their India tour 2020. Sixes utilise their five bowlers who bowled well conceding low economy rate and taking wickets.
Jackson Bird, Tom Curran and Ben Dwarshuis picked up two wickets each in their four overs bowling. Sydney Sixers made a great combination of pace and a spin bowling attack that help them to restrict heat to 127/5 in 20 overs. Very unfortunate for Chris Lynn who forcibly tried to play spin bowling without taking his time to adjust at the batting surface at it Gabba Ground.
Lynn got a ripper by Stephen O’Keefe while playing a quick offside ball to the deep mid-off and bowled out. Matt Renshaw and Sam Heazlett repeated the same fashion and lost their wickets very early. Nathan Lyon bowled out four overs and conceded only 24 runs. He removed Sam Heazlett in his second over of bowling spell. Labuschagne tried to play a pull shot off the Tom Curran off stump delivery and caught by Steve Smith.
Josh Philippe (52) and James Vince (51)
Sixers Beat Heat by 8 Wickets – AB de Villiers played his part taking the game under control. He formed two partnerships with Jimmy Peirson and Ben cutting with 19 and 29 respectively. Ben Cutting (16) and Jimmy Peirson (8) added only 24 runs to the heat scorecard. AB de Villiers tried to capitalise the innings to stay on the crease for the maximum time. He dismissed in the 16th over after his 27 off 15 balls with single four and two maximums.
Only a combined 33 runs by James Pattinson and Ben Laughlin took Heat to the 127 scores. Otherwise, they would’ve been restricted under 100. While in the chase of 127 runs, Sydney Sixers opening pair formed a partnership of 75 runs off 59 balls and almost won the game. Both scored half-centuries Josh Philippe 52 runs off 43 and James Vince 51 (37). They ensured the Sixers domination over Heat at their home ground.
Both played superbly as Sixers were 48/0 in the powerplay as they mustered 13 runs in the last over of the powerplay. After the removal of James Vince at Sixers 75/1, Steve Smith joined Philippe. He dismissed after scoring just nine runs off nine balls. Moises Henriques and Josh Philippe formed a partnership of 11 runs unbeaten for 11 balls and won the game 25 balls spare to the innings.