knee high full toss very wide outside off, it was there for Marsh to slam for another six on the height but yet again he flubs this into the ground. It skittles along the turf to deep midwicket and they don't bother running a single.The Heat hold on for dear life to win by six runs and clinch a playoff berth!
Hurricanes control their own destiny now for the final playoff berth. A win over the last place Melbourne Renegades and they claim the fifth and final playoff spot. A loss by the Hurricanes opens the door for the Melbourne Stars. They'll need to upset the Sydney Sixers, who have already clinched a playoff berth and do so with a bonus point as well to join Adelaide Strikers on 28 points but the Stars currently have a superior net run rate tiebreak advantage. If the Hurricanes lose and the Stars can't claim a bonus point regardless of the full match result, the Adelaide Strikers will backdoor their way into the final playoff spot. Head over for match commentary on the Hurricanes v Renegades match which is now underway with the Renegades batting first. That's it from Adelaide. I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
Man of the Match Marnus Labuschagne: "Our season has come down to the last game the last few years and we've made a meal of it. But Benny Laughlin got us through today with hitting that wide yorker. We rolled the dice in the Power Surge and I don't know if the skipper will go to me again after that. Just with our fielding and saving crucial runs in the ring, Lynny got us off to a good start too so there's a lot of good things to take and momentum to take us to Brisbane."
3.17 pm For 35 overs, it looked like the Heat were going to do it the easy way. And then for the last five overs they opted to do it the hard way. So now only one playoff spot left. The Strikers are now dependent on the Renegades and Sixers to beat the Hurricanes and Stars respectively if they're to claim that final playoff berth.
Six needed to force a super over now. Labuschagne comes off the rope for a chat with Laughlin and Lynn to discuss what to bowl.
wide yorker scuffed out to long-on, they beat the relay to the keeper's end.
Two boundaries forces a super over. Four and six by Marsh will win the match.
length ball on fourth stump, goes to smash this over midwicket and comes off a toe for a cue shot into mid-on.
overpitched on fourth stump, misses the length going for yorker and Richardson smokes a flick through wide mid-on beating the man to the rope.
knee high full toss wide outside off, shuffles way across his stumps and tries to muscle this over the midwicket rope but almost swings too hard and flubs it into the ground to the man on the rope for one.
full and wide, driven through the covers, they scamper a very tight two and Marsh brings up his 50 off 23 balls.
Laughlin to bowl the final over.
Kapil Baldawa: "Poor Barlett, keeps getting dropped and Steketee keeps giving runs and keeps his place in the XI." For being the team's leading wicket-taker, Steketee has been absolutely dreadful at the death today with the season on the line. Heat looked like they had this safely in the bag 20 minutes ago. Now they're sweating bullets. Scorchers need 17 off 6 having needed 81 off 30.
Length ball on off stump, Richardson slogs this flat through midwicket and beats long-on to the rope.
slower length ball on the stumps, Richardson top edges this back over Steketee and it lands in no man's land for an easy pair with long-off and long-on back on the rope.
another full toss at knee height on the legs, Marsh could've flicked this for another six but flubs it into the ground to midwicket along the ground. Rare miss from Marsh.
another full toss at knee height slaughtered into the back row of the red seats in the second deck. Marsh is unstoppable right now. Terrible delivery and Marsh has been merciless.
dropped at deep square leg by Bryant! Full on the legs, chips this high toward the rope and Bryant covers 20 yards to his right before diving, came to him at a catchable height at around knee height and got two hands around it but it clangs out when his elbows hit the turf on the landing. To make matters worse Marsh comes back for the second to keep strike. 7/10 on difficulty. Had to be taken in the circumstances of the chase.
slower ball lands full on the stumps, heaves this but mistimes it over midwicket, they scamper back for a sharp second.
This game looked safely in the bag at the start of the Power Surge with 81 needed off 30. But Marsh is red hot and 34 off two overs suddenly seems doable.
low full toss outside off once again, Marsh opts to tap a single to keep strike for the next over rather than go for another mighty boundary blow.
another knee high full toss on fifth stump, Marsh shuffles across to heave it 20 rows back over deep midwicket.
low full toss at shin height on sixth stump, slams this flat through extra cover to the rope. Went for wide yorker again and once again misfired on the length.
attempted wide yorker, carves this out through extra cover, beats the sweeper to the rope.
fullish length on fifth stump, heaved flat along the ground to deep midwicket.
short on the stumps, slaps this into the ring mistimed for one.
31 off the Power Surge.
dropped by Laughlin diving in at mid-on! Short on the stumps, Richardson flubs a pull and it floats toward Laughlin charging hard, he dives and spills it with his right hand. They opt not to go for the run so Marsh can start off on strike for the 18th.
full toss on the thighs, flicks this straight to deep backward square leg.
|Toss||Perth Scorchers, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||26 January 2021 - day (20-over match)|
|BH Player Replacement|
Substitute: Jack Wildermuth in, Xavier Bartlett out (1st innings, 10.1 ov)
|Points||Brisbane Heat 4, Perth Scorchers 0|
Over 20 • PS 175/6Heat won by 6 runs
Brisbane Heat survive Mitchell Marsh scare to book finals berth
Hurricanes, Heat control own destiny; Stars and Strikers relying on others
|MR Marsh||not out||54||26|
|AM Hardie||run out||11||6|
|JA Richardson||not out||13||7|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 1, nb 1, w 2)|
|Total||175(6 wkts; 20 ovs)|