Chris Lynn's thunderous blow to the Thunder
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
8th Match: Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Dec 28, 2016, Cricket Highlights.
What started as a terrific bowling display by both the teams, ended with a brilliant batting display by the two ‘Chris’ in the match.
At first, it was Chris Green, who blasted Mitchell Swepson for 3 massive sixes in the final over of Sydney Thunder’s innings and smacked 22 off just 6 balls to help his team with a reasonably good total of 157. It was a remarkable comeback from the home team, considering that they were struggling at 116/5 at the end of 17 overs.
Credit needs to be given to the Heat bowlers, who bowled exceedingly well throughout the game. Samuel Badree, Mark Steketee and Ben Cutting were not only economical spells, but also shared 4 wickets between them.
For the Thunder, Eoin Morgan, who came out to bat in a difficult situation, was the highest scorer (52) in their innings and played a pivotal role in helping his team post a decent score.
The Sydney Thunder bowlers carried the momentum, which they received towards the end of the first innings, in the second innings and bowled with vigour to dismiss the Heat openers cheaply. Pat Cummins was at his imperial best in his first couple of overs and bowled at 150 clicks, as he got rid of the dangerous McCullum and Alex Ross. Watson decided to give his strike bowler one more over, but the move backfired as Chris Lynn took the pacer on and smashed him for 4 successive boundaries.
The problem for Brisbane Heat was that no other batsman could play a supporting role to Lynn, as they kept losing the wickets at regular intervals and at one stage, were in dire straits with the score reading 63/6.
With 75 required from the last 6 overs and just 4 wickets in hand, only a miraculous effort could have help Brisbane to win the match. This was the time in the game when one saw some of the best striking from one of the best striker in BBL history.
The Thunder bowlers had to face the wrath of Lynn, who smashed the ball all over the park and scored his runs at a breathtaking pace. He finally found a partner, in the form of Jack Wildermuth (29), who also struck a few meaty blows and took some pressure off Lynn. Nevertheless, the hero of the match was Chris Lynn, who single-handedly changed the course of the match and clinched the victory for his team. He was adjudged the MoM for his match-winning knock of 85 from mere 48 balls, which included 10 boundaries and 3 sixes.
- Kurtis Patterson
- Ryan Gibson
- Eoin Morgan
- Shane Watson (c)
- Ben Rohrer
- Andre Russell
- Pat Cummins
- Chris Green
- Jake Doran (wk)
- Clint McKay
- Fawad Ahmed
- Jimmy Peirson (wk)
- Brendon McCullum (c)
- Chris Lynn
- Alex Ross
- Ben Cutting
- Joe Burns
- Mark Steketee
- Samuel Badree
- Jason Floros
- Mitchell Swepson
- Jack Wildermuth