length ball on fourth stump, shovels this flat to mid-off, catch taken on his knees on the ring by Wildermuth. They're going to the third umpire for this, to decide the difference in one run to a win. The ball was bursting through his fingertips and may have been trapped. Not going to change the result either way. The umpire says it touched the turf so Gotch ends not out.
Chris Lynn is the Man of the Match: "It can get a bit tricky but I think we've all played enough rain-affected games. When it kept raining, it kept landing in our favor with the ball getting wet. We're starting to click as a unit. We haven't been great in the field this year so it's been a real sticking point for us and today is the standard for the rest of the tournament for us now."
11.44 pm DLS proves to have a major influence on the chase. Heat win by 18 runs in the calculation. But the final overs would have been approached far differently had the target been 116 instead of 130. Maxwell's Stars were negatively affected by being forced to use a sixth bowler for the 10th over in the first innings.
JohnT: "@Danish - the DLS run boost is not the reason Stars lost this game, it was Andre Fletcher scoring 15 runs off 13 balls during the Power Play !"
Certainly there's no excuse for the Stars bungling their batting strategy chasing once the reply was reduced to 10 overs. Have to get your best batsmen facing the most deliveries so the concept of a specialist opener really flies out the window. Pooran or Maxwell should have opened with Stoinis, Pooran if you buy into the left-right disruption method.
Henk: "As I said 115 would have been a close game with a great chasing effort. DLS took the result out of reach"
full length on off stump, slaps this to long-on.
waist high full toss, flubs this to long-on. Fortunate to not be called a no ball. Right on the belt line.
Mathematically the match is over. Larkin showed no urgency to come back on strike.
slower length ball on fourth stump, slaps this through midwicket for a single. They slow jog one.
Danish: "This scenario again proves why D/L needs overhauling..10 off the last over required turns in to 23 required for calculations way beyond most fans' understanding smh. "
slower wide yorker on fifth stump, on the money and Larkin can't get this away. Superb delivery in the moment.
slower length ball into the pads at 124 kph, Gotch misses a heave to the leg side first ball and comes off the pads scampering a run.
That no ball was potentially monumental. Gave them an extra ball that arguably led to 5 bonus runs by the end of the over. Now suddenly a not insurmountable 23 needed off the final over. the DLS 14-run boost is now extremely significant.
short and wide, carves this high over backward point.
short and wide, slaps this in front of point and they jog back for an easy second.
in the slot on the stumps, misfires on the attempted yorker and clubs this high over wide long-on.
yorker on the money beats the heave to the leg side in between his legs, but the umpire calls him for overstepping!
full and wide, slaps this high over extra cover, just beats the sweeper to the rope.
that's arguably the best piece of fielding of the night and it winds up not being a catch, turning a six into a pair! Better than the Steketee relay earlier, Bryant leaps up and palms this back into play as he's falling over the rope at deep midwicket. Turns six into two. Marvelous!
length ball outside off, carves this flat over cover.
short and wide, cuts this into the ground to backward point.
another relay catch on the rope at deep midwicket but it looked like six live as Bryant seemed to clearly step beyond the rope before he flinged the ball back into play. Length ball heaved high and deep to the leg side. Bryant caught it as he was falling over the rope before backhand flicking to Bazley who was just five yards away. On the replays it's much closer. I think benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman. Seems that the last freeze frame shows his foot contacting the ground with the ball still in his hand. The TV comms are convinced the ball was out of his hand but I disagree, not that it matters at this stage.... third umpire has given it not out. Correct decision for me. ESPNcricinfo 1, TV 0!
slower ball short on the stumps, through the pull shot way too early.
full and wide, slices this very fine over the keeper through short third man to the rope.
full length on fourth stump, heaves this a mile high to Bryant at deep midwicket. Far less adventurous than the Gregory catch earlier. Waits for this for ages before it comes down at waist height five yards in from the rope.
length ball on off, steps forward and clocks this straight over the bowler and into the sightscreen.
slower wide bouncer, chops a cut into the ground into his feet.
|Toss||Melbourne Stars, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||07 January 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Brisbane Heat 4, Melbourne Stars 0|