Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, BBL 2016-17 December 28, 2016

Lynn's 85 seals dramatic win for Heat

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Brisbane Heat 7 for 160 (Lynn 85*, Ahmed 2-19) beat Sydney Thunder 7 for 157 (Morgan 52, Badree 2-20) by three wickets
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Pat Cummins attempts to run out Chris Lynn © Getty Images

A stunning innings from Chris Lynn single-handedly dragged Brisbane Heat over the line against Sydney Thunder.

The Heat needed 75 runs from 36 balls with just four wickets in hand. But Lynn and Jack Wildermuth (29 from 20) struck six sixes and four boundaries between them to run down the total with two balls to spare. The Thunder dropped four catches, including Lynn three times.

Earlier the Thunder looked in trouble with the bat until some late hitting from Chris Green salvaged the innings. Eoin Morgan held the innings together with a composed 52 but Green launched three sixes in the final over to drag the total up to 157.

Pat Cummins ripped through the top order of the Heat with genuine pace but he could not remove Lynn.

Lynn-sanity
Lynn was the star of last season's BBL as the leading run scorer in the tournament but his 2016-17 domestic season for Queensland has been completely curtailed by injury.

He produced another gem in Heat colours tonight. The Heat were 3 for 27 in the sixth over with Pat Cummins breathing fire. Lynn crushed five consecutive boundaries to get the chase back on track. He lost three more teammates and the run-rate tipped beyond 12 an over at one stage but he bided his time against the spinners before backing his raw power against the quicks late. He had some luck but he created some of it with his power hitting. He has now scored a century and four 50s from his last 10 BBL innings.

Thunder keep fumbling
The Thunder dropped Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques twice in game one, including first ball, and he made them pay with an unbeaten 76 in a clinical run-chase. They dropped Lynn three times tonight to lose their third consecutive match.

They also dropped a fourth catch, which was probably the most important. The Heat needed 57 off 27 when Wildermuth miscued a delivery from the off spin of Green straight down Andre Russell's throat at long-on. It burst through Russell's hands and over the rope for six. The next ball disappeared over his head. Although Wildermuth holed out from the last ball of Green's over, the equation was back to 45 from 24.

Ryan Gibson misjudged a flat off drive from Lynnn at long off that also went for six. Jake Doran dropped a gloved pull off Cummins and then the skipper Shane Watson dropped a sitter at cover in the last over to seal the Thunder's fate.

Quick and easy for Cummins
Cummins bowled a spell that will leave Australian cricket fans salivating at the thought of him returning to Test cricket. He cranked up the pace to knock over Brendon McCullum and Alex Ross in the Powerplay and leave the Heat reeling.

He delivered a 150kph outswinger that knocked back McCullum's middle stump, while a 151kph yorker made a mess of Ross' pegs. With some luck he might have nabbed Lynn and been the match-winner for the Thunder. He regularly clocked 150kph and swung the new ball.

But four overs since Boxing Day is vastly different to the 31 overs fellow firebrand Mitchell Starc bowled at the MCG in the second Test against Pakistan. It must be remembered that Cummins hasn't played first-class cricket since August 2015 and he hasn't played Sheffield Shield or Test cricket since 2011.

Russell unsettled by short stuff
Andre Russell is a T20 gun for hire and his talent with bat, ball and in the field makes him a very attractive recruit for the Thunder and other franchises around the world. Last season he averaged 23 with the bat striking at 186 and his power-hitting is very dangerous. But his big hitting may well be nullified in this tournament if teams continue to bowl short at him.

This season he has scored just 19 runs from 24 deliveries across three innings. He was bounced out by Sixers quick Doug Bollinger in game one and Heat skipper Brendon McCullum was clear with his tactics in this game. Ben Cutting bowled short at him with a leg gully and then McCullum changed the field to give Russell the impression Cutting would go full, but again he bounced him and a skied pull shot landed just short of deep square leg. He holed out not long after. Russell will need to work out a plan against the short stuff.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • #BradmanForever on December 29, 2016, 12:25 GMT

    I remember watching Lynn in a game at the gabba in bbl01 where he smashed a fifty of 18 balls or so and thinking that guy is got to play for australia. Year after year I've watched him perform by single handedly winning games in the big bash, cpl, ipl (with that catch of the century on the boundary rope with six needed for kkr), winning qld ryobi cups and scoring 250 at shield cricket with an average of 45 better than 95% of First Class batsmen. Unfortunately Injuries have frequently interrupted him and help him back in ODI and test selections. For those thinking he is just a t20 hack he is not he can adapt to any format in any role. Give him a year of good cricket before picking him at 6 for Australia in Tests, Opening in ODIs and T20s in a aggressive type role that can win games. This type of cricketer only comes along once in a blue moon so we have to utilise him before he retires. I watch him bat with that twinkle in his eye thinking why is this guy not playing for Australia?

  • Theluckycountry on December 29, 2016, 11:10 GMT

    I want us to ban teams picking up bog average Poms like Broad, Roy, Bell, Wright and Willey etc. They are barely State cricketers and only get picked for their name. We should pick young Australian blokes and back our own.

  • cricfan42846886 on December 29, 2016, 8:45 GMT

    Much as I find things about BBL that offend a traditionalist like myself I was impressed by the challenge, last night, between arguably Australia's best two cricketers outside the Test squad i.e. Cummins and Lynn. There was pace and fire in Cummins' first two overs followed by Lynn's five successive fours in the third over, most of them genuine cricket shots. It's a tragedy that they haven't played more than one Test between them and that we are confined to watching them only in shorter forms. While I do enjoy watching Joe Burns when he is in form, it seems an ironic twist of fate that he has already played 13 Tests and Lynn not one.

  • armchair_critic007 on December 29, 2016, 7:32 GMT

    Well normally i love watching the big bash for its flair . The fielding is normally the best in the world there abd we seem some outstanding catches.Just saw the highlights of this game and my oh my did the fieldng look lame . Chris lynn was good but i found it very dissapointing,embarrasing and to be honest odd that andre russel drops the sitter of all sitters ( especially for a fielder if his class) , then another fielder missjudges a slightly harder one,the keeper get both hands to a ball lobbed just above his head yet falls and drops it and then watson dropping another sitter in the weirdest way possible. All of lynn. To be honest it was dissapointing to watch as an foreign fan and i hope that this match was just a one off

  • cricfan31299557 on December 29, 2016, 6:27 GMT

    Lynn is an absolute pleasure to watch...heats secure a win once again... but cutting need to step up to let their compaign going .... heats are favorites to win this bbl ...they have quality and consistent all rounder ...prolific hitters and then there is leadership of Brendon mccullum ....I would fancy their chances of winning this edition

  • cric_keeda on December 29, 2016, 6:22 GMT

    @DOGNADBONE And puhleezz...stop quoting Chappell over and over. Chappell is great blah blah but he along with channel 9 (and the strategies they employ against touring nations)are not considered to be part of a gospel by every cricket follower. You are deluded to think that McCullum is a fool just coz Chappell says so and then to come here to stick it every single time! You could do better than calling an experienced international cricketer a 'clown'. In fact, you could better than following some one so 'worthless' altogether!

  • cric_keeda on December 29, 2016, 6:19 GMT

    @DOGANDBONE the only person here who is coming across as a fool are you! Anyone who has seen the match would know how commanding the Heat were while fielding thanks to the strategies. It's 20 over cricket and some strategies work while some don't. Yes the last over was a tactical error but it was well a risk taken. At least the Heat didn't wait along the lines like many other t20 'leaders' do to let the opposition cruise to 180-odd.

  • HatsforBats on December 29, 2016, 3:51 GMT

    @Samroy, if you can't understand why a teenager swinging the ball at 150+kph is the subject of hype, cricket might not be the game for you. He has no need to live up to your arbitrary requirements. And you mustn't've followed Bond's career that closely, he was the main focus of any NZ match during his career, even when not playing.

  • HatsforBats on December 29, 2016, 3:35 GMT

    Unfortunately over several seasons Lynn has been injured either before or early in the shield season. He's definitely one of our best options for the middle order in all formats, He definitely needs to be wearing the green & gold as soon as possible, probably at Bailey's expense.

  • Downtheorder on December 28, 2016, 22:16 GMT

    Maddinson, Ferguson, Marsh, etc all selected ahead of Lynn? Madness. we all know this guy can seriously play.

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