Brisbane Heat have continued Sydney Thunder’s horror KFC T20 Big Bash League season with an unconvincing five wicket win at ANZ Stadium.
T20 – ANZ Stadium
28 December 2012 – Day 1, Session 2
Heat 1st Innings
The Heat made hard work of their run chase after bowling the winless Thunder out for just 126.
Dan Christian was the star for the Heat, taking five wickets before a quick fire 12 with the bat and Chris Lynn brought his team home with an unbeaten 51.
Earlier in the game, Thunder master blaster Chris Gayle got the better of his West Indies teammate and Heat paceman Kemar Roach.
Gayle launched a massive six into the stands off of Roach’s bowling in the fifth over after Roach had troubled him earlier.
However, Gayle was out soon after.
Trying to slap Christian through point, Gayle only found the fielder after making 26 and the Thunder innings soon fell apart.
The Thunder never looked like setting a big target and Dirk Nannes was run out off the last ball.
It was the third run out of the Thunder innings, highlighted by a horrific mix-up between Usman Khawaja and Ryan Carters that saw the latter run out while standing at the other end of the pitch.
Khawaja was then the victim as he ran himself out for 23, trying a quick single off James Hopes’s bowling but the Heat captain was too quick and threw down the stumps.
Lynn – two fours and four sixes – was superb in a tight run chase, guiding the team home when they could have easily fallen apart.
Heat opener Luke Pomersbach got his team off to a good start with a hard-hitting 28 from 25 balls.
Nannes and Tremain took two wickets apiece for the Thunder.