Baz-Lynn storm destroy the Hurricanes
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
10th Match: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba, Brisbane, Dec 30, 2016, Cricket Highlights.
It was an enthralling experience for the cricket fans, especially the Brisbane Heat fans, as the duo of Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn thoroughly entertained us with some of the best ball striking that we will ever see in a T20 match.
Chasing a target of 174 to win, the Heat lost Jimmy Pearson early into the innings. His dismissal, however, worked as a blessing in disguise for the home team as it brought Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum together. We all knew what Lynn single-handedly did to Sydney Thunder in their last match. Now imagine the level of destruction that he and Baz would have caused together to the Hurricanes’ bowling attack.
It was nothing less than an assault from two of the best power-hitters in the game as they were on the charge from ball one and went berserk right from the word go. The battering was initiated by McCullum, who took the attack to the left-arm spinner and smashed him for 18 runs in his second over. In the nineteen balls that he faced, he had already smashed 5 fours and 2 huge sixes, one of which went over 100 metres.
Chris Lynn too decided to join the party and this time around, it was Shaun Tait, who was at the receiving end. If the six by Baz wasn’t big enough, Lynn bettered his skipper by hitting a colossal six of 121 metres, which went over the roof. He smashed another one straight back over the bowler’s head, as if signalling Mark Waugh in the commentary box that he is ready for a comeback in the International side.
At the other end, there was no stopping McCullum. The Kiwi maestro batted only in one gear and destroyed whichever bowler came across his path. His blitzkrieg knock of 72 from mere 35 balls was finally ended by Cameron Boyce, who got him caught at long-on.
Baz’s departure somewhat slowed down the run-rate, but Chris Lynn made sure that the fun never ends. After a few quiet overs, he once again switched to the demolition mode and finished the match by smashing a couple of sixes on the bowling of D’Arcy Short. He scored an unbeaten 72 and was adjudged the MoM for the second time in a row.
Earlier in the day, it was a fine bowling performance from the Heat bowlers, which helped them to restrict the Hobart Hurricanes’ batsmen to a chaseable total. At one stage, the Hurricanes were reduced to 62/4, after which a resolute effort from Dan Christian (33) and Jonathan Wells (28) brought them back in the match. With the pair going at a decent rate, the Hurricanes were well on their way to post a sizeable total on the board. But then came the twist in the game, as Jack Wildermuth gave a double blow to the batting side by getting rid of both of the set batsmen.
In the end, a few lusty blows from Hamish Kingston and Clive Rose (both scoring 17) helped the Hurricanes to finish with 173 runs on the board.
- Brendon McCullum (c)
- Jimmy Peirson (wk)
- Chris Lynn
- Alex Ross
- Joe Burns
- Ben Cutting
- Jack Wildermuth
- Jason Floros
- Mark Steketee
- Mitchell Swepson
- Samuel Badree
- D'Arcy Short
- Tim Paine (c & wk)
- Jonathan Wells
- Kumar Sangakkara
- George Bailey
- Daniel Christian
- Hamish Kingston
- Clive Rose
- Cameron Boyce
- Stuart Broad
- Shaun Tait