Klinger and bowlers win it for the Scorchers

Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers
129 (19.2 Ovs)
156/5 (20 Ovs)

Perth Scorchers defeated Brisbane Heat by 27 runs to regain the top spot


By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer

23rd Match: Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers at The Gabba, Brisbane, Jan 11, 2017, Cricket Highlights.

In a high-profile contest between the Heat and the Scorchers, the latter came out on top and defeated the table toppers by 27 runs to climb back atop in the points table (with the help of better NRR).

Last time these two teams met, it was a mass-destruction by Lynn and McCullum, which helped Brisbane Heat to chase down the target with utmost ease. But this time around, the absence of Lynn clearly had an impact on the outcome of the match, as the Heat batting lineup lacked the firepower and they fell 27 runs short of the target.

To start with, it was Mitchell Johnson, who provided the early breakthroughs for the Scorchers as he got rid of Jimmy Peirson and Sam Heazlett in his first couple of overs. However, the big wicket came in the over of Jhye Richardson, who got the dangerous McCullum back in the pavilion.

With the Heat losing 3 wickets for mere 26 runs on the board, it was always going to be an uphill task for them to make a comeback in the match. Alex Ross and Joe Burns did offer some resistance from their side by stitching a 45 run partnership, but the Scorchers bowlers were just too good on the day. They kept on getting the breakthroughs at regular intervals and didn't give the slightest of a chance to Brisbane Heat to claw their way back into the contest. This time around, it was Andrew Tye, who broke the partnership by dismissing Joe Burns for 23. Actually, it was Agar, who deserves more credit than Tye, as he took a superb catch running backwards to get the batsman out.

Nathan Reardon and Ben Cutting played a few cracking shots, before both of them were dismissed by Tim Bresnan (who was in as a replacement for M. Marsh). This left Alex Ross with the tail, with them requiring 50 to get off the last 4 overs.

Ross tried his best and played a few big shots, but in trying to play one shot too many, lost his wicket. Once he was dismissed, it was just a matter of time before the Scorchers were declared victorious. Andrew Tye completed the formalities as he took 2 wickets in 2 balls and in the process, became the second player in BBL history to complete a hat-trick. How did he do it? Well, he had also taken a wicket on the last ball of his previous over, thereby picking up 3 wickets in 3 balls (17.6, 19.1, and 19.2 - to be precise).

Earlier in the day, it was a brilliant display of batting from Michael Klinger, who played a timely knock of 81 runs to help his team post a competitive total of 156 on the board. The Brisbane Heat bowlers also did a nice job in their innings, but they were just outbowled by their counterparts today.

Klinger and bowlers win it for the Scorchers | Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers | 23rd Match | B0001

Brisbane Heat

  1. Brendon McCullum (c)
  2. Jimmy Peirson (wk)
  3. Sam Heazlett
  4. Alex Ross
  5. Joe Burns
  6. Nathan Reardon
  7. Ben Cutting
  8. Jack Wildermuth
  9. Mark Steketee
  10. Mitchell Swepson
  11. Tymal Mills

Perth Scorchers

  1. Michael Klinger (c)
  2. Shaun Marsh
  3. Ian Bell
  4. Ashton Turner
  5. Sam Whiteman
  6. Hilton Cartwright
  7. Ashton Agar
  8. Tim Bresnan
  9. Jhye Richardson
  10. Mitchell Johnson
  11. Andrew Tye
  12. Cameron Bancroft (wk)

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