Right then, that is all we have from a double-header Friday here! On Saturday, 21st of January we have Sydney Sixers taking on Sydney Thunder at the SCG. That game will start at 1.35 pm IST (8.05 am GMT). Do join us for the build-up. Cheers!
Michael Neser is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH!
Hobart Hurricanes, well their batting unit has once again failed to stand up. They bowled pretty well in the first half to restrict Heat to a par score but lost two big wickets early and were always chasing the game after that. Wade looked good initially but struggled to find the next gear against spinners and in the end it was left to Tim David to pull off something special. He did hit 44 off 27 balls but needed someone to support him at the other end but that was not the case and that means that Hobart Hurricanes have found themselves in a tricky position in this contest now.
Heat were put to bat by Wade after winning the toss and though they lost two wickets early and struggled to get going in the middle overs, managed to get to a competitive total courtesy some good hitting at the backend. However, they needed a good start with the ball and Neser was the man who provided it yet again as he got rid of Ben McDermott and Zak Crawley in his opening spell. That put pressure on Hobart but they were still going steady before Renshaw bowled some tight overs and got rid of Caleb Jewell. Bazley got a big wicket of Wade and after that though David threatened to take the game away, Heat kept things in control with some tight bowling by Neser and young Spencer Johnson. He was brilliant in the last over when Hobart needed 18 to win and this win will give Heat a lot of confidence.
A very crucial win for Brisbane Heat and they have strengthen their position on the points table with this win now. Happpy faces all around the Gabba and it is agony on the other side as Hobart Hurricanes with all that talent in their disposal have lost another game.
In over# 20
Spencer Johnson 22/1(4)
David connects this time but it does not matter, Brisbane Heat win by 12 runs! A fullish delivery on off. David powers it to long on for a single.
Another dot, brilliant bowling from the young man! At 145 clicks, around off, short of good length. David tries to swing it across the line but misses again.
Beaten! It is almost all over for Hobart now! This is full and outside off. David tries to tonk it down the ground but gets beaten.
Just two! Back of a length, around off. David forces it to deep cover for a couple. Need a boundary here!
Dot now! Back of a length and outside off. David gets across to his right and goes for a big swing across the line but misses. 16 needed now from 4 balls!
Couple to start the over! This is full and outside off. David slices it to deep point and takes two.
In over# 19
Michael Neser 27/3(4)
Single not taken! Short and on middle. Faheem Ashraf mistimes his pull shot to deep square leg but the single is not taken as David wants to take the strike in the final over with 18 needed.
SIX! Oh, Faheem Ashraf slams hit first delivery for a maximum! This is in the slot, on off and Faheem Ashraf hammers it down the ground for a biggie.
OUT! CAUGHT! A very good catch from Sam Hain and Michael Neser does it again for Heat! A shortish delivery on off. Owen tries to heave it towards the leg side but gets a top edge. The ball goes aerially towards long where Hain runs to his left, slides and takes a fine catch. 24 needed now from 8 balls as Faheem Ashraf walks out to the middle now.
Shorter and on middle. David tries to pull it but gets a top edge. The ball goes aerially but falls short of deep backward square leg for a single.
Angles a length delivery on middle. David tries to work it towards the leg side but misses and the ball hits him high on the pads.
Goes fuller and on middle. David works it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.