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Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Melbourne Stars won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

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Brisbane Heat are placed just above Sydney Thunder in the points table. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand are the table toppers and are yet to lose a game in the tournament.

News from the middle is Brisbane Heat have won the toss and are batting first

There is a feeling that Melbourne Stars won't be the team that they are without Maxwell, but they have others who can do the job. If Brisbane Heat can get into the middle order early, then they can hope to add more points to their tally

For those who love to follow Ashes cricket, Australian Women have recovered well from 23/4 to 177/7. The concern for them now is that they have lost the wicket of Ellyse Perry for 71. You can follow that game here

0.1

Hussey to Kieswetter, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

0.2

Hussey to Pomersbach, 1 run, till Hussey was into the delivery stride, Pomersbach didn't even look up. He drives it to long-off for a single

0.3

Hussey to Kieswetter, 3 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump. Kieswetter sweeps it to fine-leg for three runs

0.4

Hussey to Pomersbach, OUT, good length ball and on the line of the off stump. He looks to cut it and is beaten by the bounce. That's the end of his stay at the crease

LA Pomersbach lbw b Hussey 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

0.5

Hussey to Forrest, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

0.6

Hussey to Kieswetter, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Kieswetter covers the stumps and plays it on the backfoot. Encouragement surely for David Hussey

Bird into the attack now

End of over 1 (6 runs) Brisbane Heat 6/1
C Kieswetter    4* (3b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-1
PJ Forrest    1* (1b)     

1.1

Bird to Forrest, 1 run, short ball on the middle stump. Forrest pushes it to the leg side and sets off for a quick single

1.2

Bird to Kieswetter, no run, that's a ball rearing up from the good length spot. Kieswetter letting it go

1.3

Bird to Kieswetter, no run, short ball on the off stump. Kieswetter stays on the backfoot and defends it to the off side

1.4

Bird to Kieswetter, no run, comes forward to the fuller delivery and drives it to cover

1.5

Bird to Kieswetter, no run, good length ball outside the off stump and left alone by Kieswetter

1.6

Bird to Kieswetter, FOUR, comes down the track and looks to loft it away. He gets an outside edge to third-man for a boundary

Hussey has been replaced with Hastings

End of over 2 (5 runs) Brisbane Heat 11/1
C Kieswetter    8* (8b 1x4)      JM Bird    1-0-5-0
PJ Forrest    2* (2b)      DJ Hussey    1-0-6-1

2.1

Hastings to Forrest, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

2.2

Hastings to Kieswetter, no run, good length ball outside the off stump and left alone by Kieswetter

2.3

Hastings to Kieswetter, FOUR, fuller ball on the off stump. Kieswetter comes down the track and goes inside out over cover for a boundary

2.4

Hastings to Kieswetter, 1 run, turns it to square-leg for a single

2.5

Hastings to Forrest, FOUR, short ball on the middle stump. Enough time for Forrest to rock back and pulls it to deep midwicket for a boundary

2.6

Hastings to Forrest, no run, comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 3 (10 runs) Brisbane Heat 21/1
PJ Forrest    7* (5b 1x4)      JW Hastings    1-0-10-0
C Kieswetter    13* (11b 2x4)      JM Bird    1-0-5-0

3.1

Bird to Kieswetter, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

3.2

Bird to Kieswetter, OUT, Kieswetter does what he shouldn't against Bird- advance. As he made his intentions clear, Bird bowled him a short delivery. Kieswetter pulls, but gets a top edge to mid-on where Hodge dives forward and takes the catch

C Kieswetter c Hodge b Bird 13 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

3.3

Bird to Christian, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

3.4

Bird to Christian, no run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-on

3.5

Bird to Christian, no run, short ball outside the off stump. Christian defends it to the off side

3.6

Bird to Christian, no run, slower and shorter outside the off stump. Christian is deceived by both the pace and the bounce as ends cutting far away from the line of the delivery

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Brisbane Heat 21/2
DT Christian    0* (4b)      JM Bird    2-1-5-1
PJ Forrest    7* (5b 1x4)      JW Hastings    1-0-10-0

4.1

Hastings to Forrest, 2 runs, lofts it to long-on for a couple

4.2

Hastings to Forrest, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to cover for a single

4.3

Hastings to Christian, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to point for a single

4.4

Hastings to Forrest, no run, good length ball outside the off stump. Forrest makes room to cut it and is beaten by the bounce

4.5

Hastings to Forrest, 1 run, looks to cut and gets an inside edge to third-man for a single

4.6

Hastings to Christian, 1 run, pushes it to point for a single

End of over 5 (6 runs) Brisbane Heat 27/2
DT Christian    2* (6b)      JW Hastings    2-0-16-0
PJ Forrest    11* (9b 1x4)      JM Bird    2-1-5-1

5.1

Bird to Christian, SIX, the first bad ball that Bird bowls has been lofted away over long-on for the first six of the game. It was pitched on the leg stump and was asking to be hit

5.2

Bird to Christian, no run

5.3

Bird to Christian, 1 run

5.4

Bird to Forrest, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on for a single

5.5

Bird to Christian, 1 run, turns it to the leg side for a single

5.6

Bird to Forrest, OUT, fuller ball on the middle stump. Forrest looked to paste it over the sight screen. He doesn't get enough bat on it as the ball settles comfortably in Hasting's hands

PJ Forrest c Hastings b Bird 12 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

End of over 6 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 36/3
     JM Bird    3-1-14-2
DT Christian    10* (10b 1x6)      JW Hastings    2-0-16-0

6.1

Muirhead to Lynn, 1 run

6.2

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, turns it to the leg side for a single

6.3

Muirhead to Lynn, 1 run, stands tall and cuts it to deep point for a single

6.4

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, turns it to short fine-leg for a single

6.5

Muirhead to Lynn, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

6.6

Muirhead to Christian, no run, defends it to the off side

Luke Wright into the attack

End of over 7 (5 runs) Brisbane Heat 41/3
DT Christian    12* (13b 1x6)      JM Muirhead    1-0-5-0
CA Lynn    3* (3b)      JM Bird    3-1-14-2

7.1

Wright to Lynn, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to square-leg for a single

7.2

Wright to Christian, no run, comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

7.3

Wright to Christian, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side for a single

7.4

Wright to Lynn, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump. Lynn slaps it to sweeper cover for a couple

7.5

Wright to Lynn, FOUR, fuller ball outside the off stump. Lynn drives it to long-off for a boundary

7.6

Wright to Lynn, OUT, Lynn goes for one shot too many as he is carried away by the previous ball and wants an encore, but this time he ends up depositing it straight into Hodge's hands

CA Lynn c Hodge b Wright 10 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

End of over 8 (8 runs) Brisbane Heat 49/4
     LJ Wright    1-0-8-1
DT Christian    13* (15b 1x6)      JM Muirhead    1-0-5-0

8.1

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, turns it to leg side for a single

8.2

Muirhead to Hopes, no run, comes forward and defends it to cover

8.3

Muirhead to Hopes, 1 run, drives it to mid-off for a single

8.4

Muirhead to Christian, no run, that's a corker! Beaten by the turn outside the off stump. He looks to turn it away on the leg side and is beaten by the turn, much to the amusement of the bowler

8.5

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run

8.6

Muirhead to Hopes, 1 run, cuts it to sweeper cover for single

Slinga into the attack now

End of over 9 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 53/4
JR Hopes    2* (3b)      JM Muirhead    2-0-9-0
DT Christian    15* (18b 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-8-1

9.1

Malinga to Hopes, OUT, and the stumps get illuminated! Pitches on the off stump line and straightens a touch! Just enough to graze the off stump. The expression on Hopes' face said it all. Heat in major trouble now

JR Hopes b Malinga 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

9.2

Malinga to Sabburg, no run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

9.3

Malinga to Sabburg, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

9.4

Malinga to Sabburg, 1 run, short ball on the off stump. He upper cuts it to third-man for a single

9.5

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, steers it to third-man for a single

9.6

Malinga to Sabburg, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

9.6

Malinga to Sabburg, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

End of over 10 (3 runs) Brisbane Heat 56/5
CJM Sabburg    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-1
DT Christian    16* (19b 1x6)      JM Muirhead    2-0-9-0

10.1

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, pushes it to the off side for a single

10.2

Muirhead to Sabburg, 1 run, turns it to the leg side for a single

10.3

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, pushes it to long-on for a single

10.4

Muirhead to Sabburg, 2 leg byes, turns it to the leg side for a couple

10.5

Muirhead to Sabburg, 2 runs, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side for a couple

10.6

Muirhead to Sabburg, 1 run, pushes it to the leg side for a single

End of over 11 (8 runs) Brisbane Heat 64/5
CJM Sabburg    5* (8b)      JM Muirhead    3-0-15-0
DT Christian    18* (21b 1x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-1

11.1

Bird to Sabburg, no run, comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

11.2

Bird to Sabburg, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to deep midwicket for a single

11.3

Bird to Christian, 2 runs, fuller ball on the leg stump and he turns it to leg side for a couple

11.4

Bird to Christian, SIX, Christian gets a fuller ball on the off stump. He lofts it over mid-on for a six

11.5

Bird to Christian, no run, short ball on the off stump. Christian comes down the track and looks to loft it away. He is beaten by the movement

11.6

Bird to Christian, 2 runs

End of over 12 (11 runs) Brisbane Heat 75/5
DT Christian    28* (25b 2x6)      JM Bird    4-1-25-2
CJM Sabburg    6* (10b)      JM Muirhead    3-0-15-0

12.1

Wright to Sabburg, 1 run, on the leg stump. He pushes it to the leg side for a single

12.2

Wright to Christian, FOUR, on the leg stump. Christian turns it to fine-leg for a boundary

12.3

Wright to Christian, 1 leg bye, off the thigh pad to leg side for a leg-bye

12.4

Wright to Sabburg, 4 leg byes

12.5

Wright to Sabburg, no run

12.6

Wright to Sabburg, no run

End of over 13 (10 runs) Brisbane Heat 85/5
CJM Sabburg    7* (14b)      LJ Wright    2-0-13-1
DT Christian    32* (27b 1x4 2x6)      JM Bird    4-1-25-2

13.1

Malinga to Christian, no run, full-toss on the off stump- a missed yorker. He flicks it and the ball lands just in front of the fielder at midwicket

13.2

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, steers it to third-man for a single

13.3

Malinga to Sabburg, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

13.4

Malinga to Christian, 2 runs, full-toss again! Christian lofts it to long-on for a couple

13.5

Malinga to Christian, no run, a bouncer that Christian ducks comfortably under

13.6

Malinga to Christian, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

13.6

Malinga to Christian, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side!

13.6

Malinga to Christian, 2 runs, pushes it to square-leg for a couple

End of over 14 (8 runs) Brisbane Heat 93/5
DT Christian    37* (32b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-1
CJM Sabburg    8* (15b)      LJ Wright    2-0-13-1

14.1

Muirhead to Sabburg, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket and sets off for a single

14.2

Muirhead to Christian, 2 runs, comes forward and turns it to deep midwicket for a couple

14.3

Muirhead to Christian, SIX, comes forward and gets himself his third six of the innings as he lofts it over long-off

14.4

Muirhead to Christian, no run, leaves a good length delivery outside the off stump thinking it would be called a wide

14.5

Muirhead to Christian, 1 run, steers it to third-man for a single

14.6

Muirhead to Sabburg, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to cover. A misfield means the batsmen take a single

End of over 15 (11 runs) Brisbane Heat 104/5
CJM Sabburg    10* (17b)      JM Muirhead    4-0-26-0
DT Christian    46* (36b 1x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-11-1

15.1

Hastings to Sabburg, 1 run, comes forward and drives it to mid-off for a single

15.2

Hastings to Christian, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump

15.2

Hastings to Christian, 2 runs

15.3

Hastings to Christian, 1 wide

15.3

Hastings to Christian, 1 run

15.4

Hastings to Sabburg, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

15.5

Hastings to Sabburg, no run

15.6

Hastings to Sabburg, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to leg side for a single

End of over 16 (7 runs) Brisbane Heat 111/5
CJM Sabburg    12* (21b)      JW Hastings    3-0-23-0
DT Christian    49* (38b 1x4 3x6)      JM Muirhead    4-0-26-0

16.1

Wright to Sabburg, 1 run, pulls it to fine-leg for a single

16.2

Wright to Christian, 1 run, tucks it to deep square-leg for a single

That's his half-century. A very good one at that

16.3

Wright to Sabburg, 1 run, pulls it to mid-on for a single

16.4

Wright to Christian, FOUR, on the off stump. He looked to paddle it and at the last moment reverse scoops it for a boundary

16.5

Wright to Christian, FOUR, short ball on the off stump.Christian slams it to deep midwicket for a boundary

16.6

Wright to Christian, 1 run, on the leg stump. He pushes it to square-leg and retains the strike with a single

End of over 17 (12 runs) Brisbane Heat 123/5
DT Christian    59* (42b 3x4 3x6)      LJ Wright    3-0-25-1
CJM Sabburg    14* (23b)      JW Hastings    3-0-23-0

17.1

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, on the leg stump and a full-toss. Christian turns it to fine-leg for a single

17.2

Malinga to Sabburg, no run, short ball outside the off stump. He looks to cut it and is beaten

17.3

Malinga to Sabburg, 1 run, pushes it to mid-off for a single

17.4

Malinga to Christian, 1 run, comes forward and turns it to deep square-leg for a single

17.5

Malinga to Sabburg, no run, makes room and pushes it to cover

17.6

Malinga to Sabburg, 1 run, short ball on the off stump. Sabburg pulls it to long-on for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 127/5
CJM Sabburg    16* (27b)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-1
DT Christian    61* (44b 3x4 3x6)      LJ Wright    3-0-25-1

18.1

Hastings to Sabburg, OUT, good length ball outside the off stump. Sabburg walks into the drive and gets an outside edge back to the keeper. The umpire seemed reluctant to give him out, but the batsman walked

CJM Sabburg c †Wade b Hastings 16 (28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Cutting, the sixers man for Heat is in

18.2

Hastings to Cutting, 2 runs

18.3

Hastings to Cutting, 2 runs, fuller ball on the off stump. Cutting lofts it to long-on for a couple

18.4

Hastings to Cutting, 1 run, moves back and slaps it to mid-on for a single

18.5

Hastings to Christian, 1 wide, a slower bouncer that sails way over the head of the batsman or so the umpire thinks as he calls it a wide. For me, that was a legitimate delivery

18.5

Hastings to Christian, 2 runs, drives a full-toss to long-off for a couple

18.6

Hastings to Christian, 1 run

End of over 19 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 136/6
DT Christian    64* (46b 3x4 3x6)      JW Hastings    4-0-32-1
BCJ Cutting    5* (3b)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-1

19.1

Malinga to Christian, FOUR, on the leg stump. Christian makes room and flicks it to deep midwicket for a boundary

19.2

Malinga to Christian, 1 bye, Christian looks to pull and is beaten. Wade throws to Malinga, who fails to gather the ball and both the batsmen are running to the same end before sense prevails and they get to the other end safely

19.3

Malinga to Cutting, no run

19.4

Malinga to Cutting, 2 runs

19.5

Malinga to Cutting, OUT, fuller ball on the off stump. Cutting lofts it straight to Hussey at long-on

BCJ Cutting c Hussey b Malinga 7 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

19.6

Malinga to Gannon, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short third-man for a leg-bye

When Hopes was dismissed with the team score at 53, it was expected that Heat would fold up for a total less than 100. Christian, in partnership with Sabburg got the innings in order and got the team to 144 which seems to be a good total. Join us for the chase in fifteen minutes

End of over 20 (8 runs) Brisbane Heat 144/7
CJ Gannon    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    4-0-21-2
DT Christian    68* (48b 4x4 3x6)      JW Hastings    4-0-32-1
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