the Australian Open starts shortly. Maybe Hodge can be a wildcard entry. Short ball, he brings out those strong forehands again to keep it down, hit really hard past mid-on.
Right then. Thanks for joining us. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us here at the commentary desk. Cheers
Mahela Jayawardene is the Player of the Match for his 30-ball 53
Aditya Talesara: "Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers are classic example of how important the perfomance of local players matters in a domestic T20 leagues! Some franchise like Stars, RCB, DD, Renegades always keep themselves busy in buying big names and as a result, no titles between them."
First things first. Brisbane Heat are out of contention now. It was a competitive total alright, but poor bowling coupled with the brilliance of Mahela Jayawardene and Travis Head meant a potentially tough chase was turned into a cruise halfway through. Strikers displace Perth Scorchers as the No. 1 team for now . They also have a game in hand, as compared to their nearest competitors.
low full toss on off, squeezed to mid-on
that is a cracker! Overpitched on middle, backs away and hammers it back past the bowler, no one moved
width on offer, smashed behind point, Lendl Simmons nearly pushes it into the boundary as he attempts a cheeky flick after picking it up
slower ball on off, eased wide of point for an easy single
slower bouncer on middle, he arches back and lets it go, wide called again. Long, long over this
rocket hit to mid-off, quick single taken
Captain Obvious: "Yes Samrat Ahuja we can put down Travis Head's development down to solely playing for Dehli. *sarcasm* Bravo to SACA for the faith and patience put into Head despite his young age when they started playing him. It's paying dividends now." Keep the banter going, folks
gets the direction wrong this time, full and well outside the wide line, work for the umpire
misfield at mid-off allows the quick single
Abhay Arora: "Oh is Lalor? I though it was Irfan Pathan!!! Quiet similar action!! Or maybe just at certain instance." Similar actions, yes
driven to long off
opens the face of the bat and runs it wide of point
eased to third man this time
full and wide delivery from over the wicket, he reaches out to squeeze that behind point, can't get enough bat on it, close to the wide line
Graham: "I've just found out its poor captaincy going for your strike bowler who recently got picked in an Australian squad when you need to get another 2 overs out of him. Nothing wrong with the captaincy poor bowling and brilliant batting."
turned wide of midwicket
short into the rib cage, deflects off the thigh pad to short fine leg
sliding into the pads, flicked to deep square
swung across the line, gets a top edge and the fielder there took a simple catch. Looked to play a cross-batted slog this time, didn't get enough bat on it, easily taken by Heazlett. Fine knock, his rich vein of form continues, one that has almost put the Brisbane Heat out of contention
slapped over the bowler's head, straight into the sight screen. Too full, he clears the front leg, gets down on one knee and boom!
Kapil: "As good is his batting, as poor is his captaincy, that's Lynn for you. Why would you give a bowler who has gone for 19, another over in crunch situation? He should have given it to Lalor and asked him to bowl around the stumps to Head. That 20 run over killed the game for Heat"
bowls it full and outside off, driven hard to cover
rolls off the thick inside edge towards Simmons at deep midwicket again, good running