515dWill Macpherson at the Gabba

McCullum's Heat fight to the finish

Brendon McCullum has helped build an image for the Brisbane Heat as a team of fighters, and his players and the fans have responded wonderfully

Match Centre

Commentator: Alex Malcolm

END OF OVER:
1 | BH: 15/0

That was an incredible semi-final. One of the best in BBL history. The Sixers looked certain to cruise home with Moises Henriques in complete control during that run chase. But his dismissal led to a terrible collapse. Ben Cutting bowled an incredible last over to send it to a super over but he was helped by an unfortunate umpiring decision that went against the dangerous Johan Botha.

Henriques got another chance in the super over to finish the job and his tremendous striking took the game away. Sean Abbott did his job with the ball but 22 was too many.

So we're set for yet another BBL final between the Scorchers and the Sixers at the WACA on Saturday. Join us then.

Brisbane Heat are out. Sydney Sixers have scraped home in a thriller. They'll play Perth Scorchers in the final at the WACA. Time to get my breath back. This has been a roller coaster ride! Sydney Sixers will play their third BBL final. Twice they've met Scorchers in the summit clash. They've won one, lost one. All set up for a thrilling finale, then

0.6
6
Abbott to McCullum, SIX runs, Monster hit to finish, but McCullum kicks the ground in disgust for this is an effort in a losing cause. Oh, dear. How did it come down to this? McCullum waits inside the crease and hammers this high and over long-off.
0.5
1
Abbott to Cutting, 1 run, swings over the bowler's head but can only toe end it towards long-off. All over by the shouting

Heat fans starting to leave

0.4
1
Abbott to McCullum, 1 run, swung away straight to short fine leg. Is that the end of their campaign? Abbott will remind himself. No no-ball or
0.3
4
Abbott to McCullum, FOUR runs, swung away from outside off towards long-on, through the hands of Botha who was running around the ropes. Made good ground to get there, but closed his eyes and hands little too soon
0.3
0w
Abbott to McCullum, 1 wide, full and sliding down leg, McCullum swings and misses but wide called. Even a hint of bat on that would have been enough to get a boundary though
0.2
2
Abbott to McCullum, 2 runs, mistimes a wild slog to the man coming in from long-on, looking tough
0.1
0
Abbott to McCullum, no run, starts off with a slower bouncer on off, way too early into the pull, misses. Umpire reckons it wasn't over

END OF OVER:
1 | SS: 22/0

0.6
4
Cutting to Henriques, FOUR runs, slower outside off, Henriques waits inside the crease and swings this back of length delivery into the deep square leg boundary. Didn't get hold of it but the gap was found. What a finish. Some hitting that!
0.5
6
Cutting to Henriques, SIX runs, muscled over long-on! For a moment, it looked like the fielder was in business, but he just watched it sailed over. Big hit. Can't bowl length. He was waiting, waiting and boom!
0.4
0b
Cutting to Munro, 1 bye, this time the keeper's underarm flick hits the stumps direct at the striker's end. They steal a bye again. Looked to slap that over cover but was beaten by the slower delivery yet again
0.4
0nb
Cutting to Henriques, 2 no balls, keeper misses, they scamper a bye again. Slower delivery outside off, it got stuck into the pitch, he was through with an uppish cut way too early.. Free-hit however, since it is the second boncer. Oh, dear
0.3
6
Cutting to Henriques, SIX runs, full and straight on middle, he's biffed that over deep midwicket. Swung that away like he was away on a golf course
0.2
2
Cutting to Henriques, 2 runs, another slower bouncer, tennis ball bounce on this one, pulls but doesn't get hold of it but there's enough to get it into the gap at deep midwicket and long-on, two it will be
0.1
0b
Cutting to Munro, 1 bye, slower bouncer, he goes through with the pull way too early and misses, they scamper a bye

END OF OVER:
20 | SS: 167/8 (1 run required, RR: 8.35)

What drama! McCullum calls his boys into a huddle. Plenty of calculations. Plenty of things to ponder. It looks like Ben Cutting will bowl the over for Brisbane Heat. Henriques is readying to bat. The off side boundary is the bigger one. Wonder then if it makes sense to have a left-right combination. Yes! That's what they're doing. Munro and Henriques are walking out to open.

What an amazing finish! Cutting conceded just five from the last over, only four off the bat. A super over is coming.

19.6
2
Cutting to Dwarshuis, 2 runs, they get two! A super over! It was short ball, Dwarshuis tries to pull, gets a top edge and it flies to a vacant midwicket, it hung in the air for an age, but it fell safe and they run two as the man at midwicket couldn't get in off the rope to either catch it or prevent two.

Three to win, two for a super over

Well bowled. Now they need to stop two to prevent a super over. What a finish.

19.5
1lb
Cutting to Lyon, 1 leg bye, yorker, into the pad, it rolls back towards the bowler and they pinch a leg bye!
19.4
W
Cutting to Botha, OUT, Caught behind! Botha tried to reverse ramp a length ball over short third man, it bounces off the bicep, not the bat and flies to Peirson but he's given out! Botha is furious but he has to go! The gloves were close but he didn't connect.

J Botha c †Peirson b Cutting 16 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Long off goes back and third man up

19.3
1
Cutting to Dwarshuis, 1 run, short ball, pulled in the air towards midwicket, it bounces short of deep midwicket and Swepson races in to prevent a second

Dwarshuis to face his first ball with 5 need off 4.

19.2
1
Cutting to Botha, 1 run, full and straight, whipped straight to deep backward square but only one!

Four men back on the rope on the leg side, no one in the ring.

19.1
0
Cutting to Botha, no run, short slower ball, attempted pull comes off the body and runs to the keeper! Dot ball

Syd Sixers 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3NJ MaddinsonDP Hughes
2nd31C MunroDP Hughes
3rd99MC HenriquesDP Hughes
4th4MJ LumbMC Henriques
5th5BJ HaddinMC Henriques
6th3BJ HaddinJ Botha
7th17J BothaSA Abbott
8th2J BothaBJ Dwarshuis
9th3NM LyonBJ Dwarshuis