Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Big Bash League 2016-17, Brisbane
Sydney Sixers 7 for 191 (Hughes 85) beat Brisbane Heat 6 for 186 (Burns 51*, Peirson 44, Abbott 3-38) by three wickets
With only two balls to go, a top-edged six over the wicketkeeper’s take via Sean Abbott off Ben Cutting saw Sydney Sixers home by three wickets over Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
It didn’t appear that it would be so close. Sixers required three from the last over, however Daniel Hughes, who had batted wonderfully, was rocked the bowling alley for 85 by its first ball. A mixed bye was trailed by Abbott’s huge swing – by snare or by law breaker they had made it.
The Heat dependably appeared a touch under standard, with Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn – who left their handling exertion with a shoulder damage, however will no doubt travel to Perth as booked for his group’s next amusement – neglecting to kick on. After a quick begin, Sixers, drove by Abbott – who now has 12 wickets, twice the same number of as some other bowler in the BBL – pulled it back to constrain Heat to 6 for 186.
Hughes began the Sixers’ applauding five dab balls off Samuel Badree. He finished that over by driving delightfully through the spreads, the primary scoring shot of a small scale artful culmination. He drained Badree, the huge danger, for 21 off 14 balls, as the West Indian surrendered his most exceedingly terrible figures of the season (1 for 30) – he additionally appeared to be tormented by hamstring issues in his last over – and got after the seamers as his more regarded partners complimented to cheat.
Jason Roy was stuck in front, Nic Maddinson was finished by a slower ball, Moises Henriques skied trudging and Sam Billings – who, as Roy, was playing his last amusement for the Sixers – was swindled by Mitchell Swepson’s wrong’un. Brad Haddin was in fine frame as he imparted 59 to Hughes, which everything except fixed the win. After the wickets of Haddin and Johan Botha, Hughes tumbled to the principal wad of the last over, playing on to Cutting, be that as it may, with Heat now trusting they could pull off a silly win, Abbott swung hard to guarantee his endeavors did not go to squander.