Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, BBL, Brisbane December 28, 2013

Dunk, Wells help Hurricanes chase down 210

Hobart Hurricanes 7 for 210 (Dunk 67, Wells 36*) beat Brisbane Heat 3 for 209 (Christian 70*, Burns 69, Kieswetter 50) by three wickets
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No total is safe in Twenty20 cricket. The Brisbane Heat looked set to win comfortably after posting 3 for 209 on the back of three blistering half-centuries from Craig Kieswetter, Joe Burns and Daniel Christian, but the Hobart Hurricanes miraculously chased down the total with four balls to spare.

It took the visitors three remarkable innings from three unlikely sources to secure the win, particularly from Ben Dunk who recorded the fastest ever BBL fifty - from just 20 balls - having previously scored more than 50 just once in 17 T20 appearances.

Dunk's exit for 67 brought Jonathan Wells to the crease with the Hurricanes needing 89 runs from 53 balls, but he played magnificently for his unbeaten 20-ball 36, with a mixture of deft scoops and destructive drives.

However, the final nail was hammered by Ben Hilfenhaus. With a previous highest score of 7 in domestic T20 cricket, and having already conceded 47 from his four overs with the ball, Hilfenhaus took strike for his first ball at the start of the final over with his team needing 10 runs to win.

He nearly swung himself off his feet attempting to connect with a length ball from Ben Cutting, but somehow managed an outside edge that went fine of third man for four. The next swing was just as hard, but the ball found the middle of the bat and cleared the deep square-leg rope to seal the extraordinary victory.

The Heat also had themselves to blame for their demise as much as Dunk, Wells and Hilfenhaus. With the Hurricanes needing 52 off 24 balls, Cameron Gannon bowled two wides and a no-ball in the 17th over, and conceded 15 runs from a total of nine balls bowled.

Alister McDermott was asked to rectify proceedings in the 18th and he immediately made an impact, removing Tim Paine with a miscued swipe, leaving the Hurricanes needing 30 from 13 balls. McDermott then delivered a front-foot no ball that Wells scooped for four. Fine leg was then sent back and mid-off brought inside the circle, but nonetheless, Wells clubbed the bonus delivery over mid-off for four to leave the team needing just 21 from the last two overs. As it turned out, they only needed eight more deliveries to post their first win of the tournament.

The Heat will kick themselves further considering their powerful batting display as Kieswetter, Burns and Christian climbed onto the Hurricanes bowlers in a devastating display of striking. Kieswetter was brutal, clubbing 50 from 24 balls and taking 25 runs from one of Hilfenhaus' overs, which included a six that travelled 103 metres.

Burns and Christian took a little more time to warm up but once they did, the pair smoked 83 runs from the last 36 balls of the innings. Chris Lynn, the hero from the team's victory over the Scorchers, was hardly required as Christian finished at 70 not out from 40 balls with four massive sixes.

In the end it was all in vain as their new record score at the Gabba stood for precisely an hour and 15 minutes.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • dummy4fb on December 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Nailbiter, like the previous evening, even I'm starting to like the format and I'm a 60's something dyed in the wool test Man. Unfortunately also a Pom, but after the last 10 years in Tas, now in Queensland, Go Hurricanes!

  • cccrider on December 28, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Yorkers at the death (not every ball) were needed by Brisbane. Jam the batsmen! All the colour of BBL3 extends to the liberal use of hair dye in the commentators box!

  • android_user on December 28, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Wery well done Hurricanes.When u were 150-4,my chips were down.But suddenly,from nowhere Hurricanes won this.What a nail-biter.You deserved to win from the start you got from Dunk and Malik.

  • cccrider on December 28, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Stuart Law as coach has to wear this one. 1. Lynn is the form bat in Oz. I know Christian got 70 off 40, but Lynn would have got 90 off 40 in his form and on the featherbed pitch. 2. Hauritz to open bowling innings? That was so 50 overs, 1990s thinking - and didn't work. 3. Coach your bowlers in change of pace and length. bowling around wicket, stealth and variety. What they had under Lehmann. 4. Coach Ben Cutting not to bowl the same hittable length over and over and over!!! I don't know if Hilfenhaus had his eyes open when he hit the last 2 balls! He didn't need to! I've seen bowling machines with more variety. 5. Coach the game as not 20 overs, but 120 balls, with a contest for each ball.

    Lift your game to match the potential of this team!

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