8th Match (N), Brisbane, December 27, 2017, Big Bash League
(17/17 ov) 149/4
(16.5/17 ov, T:151) 153/4

Heat won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (D/L method)

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9.35 pm Brilliant finish, and though the Heat would be celebrating well into the night, Thunder shouldn't knock on themselves too much. Their bowling toiled manfully in defence of a total of 150. They had good plans - bowling wide and bouncing the batsmen. Or slowing the pace down, right down when it came to their spinners. Sometimes the execution was a bit off. And the best reflection of high tight this game was is that without Chris Lynn's 25 off 9 and Alex Ross' 25 off 9, the visitors would have stolen this game.

Jigar Shah: "Ross control 44% SR 256% story of T20 days. What an Inning"

Fekete to Ross, FOUR runs

dropped by the deep square leg fielder who is too far inside the boundary and Ross takes the Heat home. A man demoted because someone thought he didn't have the power for this sort of hitting seals the game and sets the record straight. Ross has been in form, and that's immensely valuable in T20 cricket. Not that he needs much of a leg up when it's a full toss on leg stump. Helps it away with a short-arm flick. The fact that it was only a short-arm flick is what makes Blizzard the substitute race in to try and take a catch. Instead, he ends up having to leap up and stretch back and ends up spilling the chance

Fekete to Burns, 1 run

good length from around the wicket on off stump, Burns works it towards midwicket

Three needed off three balls, anyone smelling a tie? A super over?

Fekete to Burns, no run

goes around the wicket and delivers a slower ball that beats the right-hander's big swing

Fekete to Burns, SIX runs

he finally strikes one the way he wants to and the ball soars away to the midwicket boundary. He's faced 31 balls, he's not timed any of them. But when the match is on the line, he shifts back and across, and from deep in his crease, slogs it into the stands

Fekete to Burns, no run

wanders away outside off to try and scoop the near yorker away to the long leg boundary. But the ball is too full to do so and because Burns moves away from his usual stance, the umpire this time doesn't call a wide

Last over, to be bowled by Fekete. Nine runs needed off six balls. Deep cover is back and he's the only one back on the off side

end of over 1612 runs
BH: 142/4CRR: 8.87 RRR: 10.00
Alex Ross21 (8b 1x4 2x6)
Joe Burns38 (31b 1x4)
Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-45-2
Fawad Ahmed 4-0-41-0
McClenaghan to Ross, SIX runs

It's Ross again who makes the last ball of the over disappear! Happy, by Pharrell Williams blares out to the a crowd that is more than that after watching a full delivery outside off being launched over long-on

McClenaghan to Burns, 1 run

gets across to spear a full delivery outside off to deep cover

McClenaghan to Ross, 1 run

mistimes the drive to mid-off

McClenaghan to Ross, 2 runs

top edge goes straight up, but it lands well beyond the reach of the three men chasing after it. Wicketkeeper, short fine leg and third man all vie for it. To no avail. Another of the bouncers - a sharp one - that gives the bowler only grief

McClenaghan to Ross, no run

full toss outside off, bunts it back at the bowler. Thunder doing beautifully, especially when it comes to their fielding. McClenaghan leaps up to stop any runs

McClenaghan to Burns, 1 run

full toss outside off, carves it to deep third man. Burns has a strike rate of 124 - he's hit only one boundary

McClenaghan to Burns, 1 wide

It's not that much, says McClenaghan as the ball wanders past the wide line. The only reason for that is because Burns shuffles outside off and so the bowler shifts the line away beyond his reach. That's a tough call from the umpire

Heat need 21 off 12 balls and the Gabba gets into the act, clapping and roaring

end of over 1511 runs
BH: 130/4CRR: 8.66 RRR: 11.00
Alex Ross12 (4b 1x4 1x6)
Joe Burns36 (29b 1x4)
Fawad Ahmed 4-0-41-0
Mitchell McClenaghan 3-0-33-2
Fawad to Ross, SIX runs

is that the clincher? The man in form shows off just as the pressure seems to mount too high! It's the last ball of the over, it's tossed up, on leg stump and Ross races down the track to launch the ball over long-on. Miles over long-on

Fawad to Burns, 1 run

low full toss on middle, which Burns slogs to deep midwicket

Fawad to Burns, 2 runs

gets down the track and whips it away out to deep square leg

Fawad to Ross, 1 run

backs away, but the very slow delivery on off stump, dips at the last second and ruins with Ross' slash.

Akshay: "If there was ever a time for Joey to announce his entry to the Bash Brothers club then this is it!"

Fawad to Burns, 1 run

sweeps a length ball that strays down leg. Can't beat short fine leg

Fawad to Burns, no run

gets down the track and drives to cover

end of over 147 runs • 1 wicket
BH: 119/4CRR: 8.50 RRR: 11.00
Alex Ross5 (2b 1x4)
Joe Burns32 (25b 1x4)
Mitchell McClenaghan 3-0-33-2
Arjun Nair 3-0-19-1

Heat need 38 off 18 and here's Fawad again.

McClenaghan to Ross, FOUR runs

top edge runs away to the long leg boundary and the Gabba roars. Poor McClenaghan. He does his bit to beat the batsman for pace, looking to bounce him out. Ross flaps at it and gets away with a timely four

McClenaghan to Burns, 1 run

short and outside off, pulls it to long-on

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