AUSTRALIA: Sydney Thunder defeats Brisbane Heat by 7 wickets to start their Big Bash campaign on a winning note. Sydney Thunder gained 4 points after winning this match. In this match after winning the toss, Sydney Thunder decided to bowl first.
Chris Lynn and Max Bryant opened the innings for Brisbane Heat but they couldn’t contribute much as both the openers got out under 4 overs and after 3.1 overs Brisbane Heat was struggling at 16/2.
Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett’s partnership for Brisbane Heat
After 2 early wickets, Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett’s 83 runs partnership resurrect the Brisbane Heat innings. Sam Heazlett scored 42 runs off 37 deliveries which included 3 fours.
After Sam Heazlett got out Brisbane Heat lost wickets in very quick successions and as a result, Brisbane Heat was 124/7 after 18.2 overs and after the completion of 20 overs, Brisbane Heat scored 140/8.
Ben Duckett was the highest run-scorer for Brisbane Heat as he scored 46 runs off 35 deliveries which included 4 fours. For Thunder, Daniel Sams took 3 wickets, Gurinder Sandhu and Nathan McAndrew took 2 wickets whereas Tanveer Sangha took 1 wicket.
Sydney Thunder lost 3 quick wickets
Sydney Thunder also started their innings on a bad note as they lost 3 quick wickets. Their openers Alex Hales (0) and Sam Whiteman (11) couldn’t give the start that Thunders were expecting.
Matthew Gikes scored a quickfire 20 off 10 deliveries which included 2 fours and 1 six but he got out off a beautiful delivery bowled by Liam Guthrie. Sydney Thunder was 32/3 after 3.3 overs.
Thunder’s were looking in trouble but Sam Billings and Alex Ross paired up and they both started rebuilding the Sydney Thunder’s innings.
Alex Ross and Sam Billings helps Sydney Thunder to chase down the target
Alex Ross and Sam Billings stitched up an unbeaten 109 runs partnership to help Sydney Thunder chase down the target in just 17.1 overs. Alex Ross scored a brilliant unbeaten half-century as he scored 61 runs off 46 deliveries which included 7 fours and 2 sixes whereas Sam Billings scored an unbeaten 45 runs off 36 deliveries which included 5 fours and 1 six.
For Brisbane Heat, Liam Guthrie took 2 wickets and Xavier Bartlett took 1 wicket.