T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Heat v Hurricanes - Match highlights

9/12/2012 23:03 PM

By Daniel Colasimone

What happened

The Heat posted a respectable score of 6-172 which was anchored by quality knocks from Joe Burns (44) and Dan Christian(49) in the middle overs. 

Fireworks from Heat all-rounder Shane Watson early in the innings, and Sri Lankan import Thisara Perera at the end provided valuable runs to the total and plenty of entertainment for the Brisbane crowd.

Doug Bollinger (0-47) had a day to forget with the ball, but Michael Hogan (2-29) and Evan Gulbis (3-22) picked up a handful of wickets between them without leaking too many runs.

The Hurricanes responded with a steadily-built, controlled innings. By the time Tim Paine (28) was caught by Cameron Gannonoff James Hopes' bowling in the sixth over, Hobart had 50 runs on the board and were looking comfortable in the chase. His opening partner Jon Wells (38) stuck around until the 11th over, accumulating handy runs in the process.

Owais Shah (36) and Travis Birt (57) put together a match-winning stand of 91 to take the game away from the Heat.

The Heat players thought they had finally seen the back of Birt in Perera's first over, when goalkeeper Chris Hartley dived forward to claim a caught behind. The umpires were unsure whether the ball had carried and replays proved inconclusive, so Birt continued at the crease. 

No matter what the Heat attempted, they were unable to stem the tide, as the Hurricanes cruised to victory with six balls and eight wickets to spare.

Where it was won
The Hurricanes only scored one run in their first over, and six in their second, but with each wicket-less over at the start of their innings, they gained confidence and momentum. By the time Paine fell in the sixth over, a solid foundation had already been built for the remainder of the chase. 

Where it was lost
There was a moment in the middle of the Hurricane's innings when it looked like they were being restricted by the Heat bowlers and the pressure was beginning to build. Then in the 13th over, Shah smacked 16 off a perfectly respectable Cutting over. When Birt belted 22 off Hopes' next over, the tide had well and truly turned against the Heat. 

Who killed it
Dan Christian's innings in a losing side was the perfect blend of restraint and flair. He held up one end as Joe Burns cut loose, before taking charge himself to smash 49 runs, including four fours and two sixes. His presence through the bulk of the Heat innings was crucial to them posting an impressive total.

Wow moment
The very first delivery of the match was gasp-worthy. Doug Bollinger got the attention of the Gabba crowd for all the wrong reasons as he hurled down a ball so short and wide that it flew through the slips cordon to the boundary and cost his side five runs. 

Where to next
The Heat are off to Adelaide to take on the Strikers on Thursday night. The Strikers have one of the most balanced-looking sides in the comp, with plenty of depth in their bowling stocks especially, so it will be vital to select the right starting 11.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will face the Melbourne Stars at the MCG next Friday. Hobart fans will be hoping they can dish out further punishment to Warney and his chargers.

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