that should be the win for the Heat! Length, and a lot of turn from outside off, and Peirson has done well to pierce an infield of six fielders, three on the off side, but placing this to the left of cover. Before the sweeper in the deep can rifle in a low throw, they go through for the second
Varun Shetty's report would be up shortly. The BBL returns tomorrow, and we hope you will join us then. For now, from scorer Binoy George and myself Debayan Sen, this is goodbye and good night.
9.47 pm That ends what has been a really entertaining game of T20. That's also the halfway stage of the tournament, though not all the teams have played their seven matches. We thought Thunder had put up a pretty challenging total, but they didn't help their own cause with their ill-discipline. Chris Lynn got some runs, and Joe Burns led the chase with a composed half-century for his team. Jimmy Peirson with some crucial runs right at the end, when Heat appeared to suffer a bit of a late wobble. Crucial three points for the win for Heat, and they also get the Bash Boost point. Joe Burns gets the player of the match award.
Sangha comes on, with a hat-trick ball to start things with. No hat-tricks in the past for Thunder bowlers in BBL history
Tanish : "Will Brisbane Heat do a KXIP??"
length, and punished. Swatted away towards deep mid-wicket, and goes through for four. We are denied a potential grandstand finish. Or are we?
good pace, short length, and Bazley looks to pull this away but gets nowhere near it as it fizzes past his right ear
fuller ball, and where has this one gone? Yorker length, and he looks to get some bat on to it. Perhaps just hit it off the toe-end, and almost on to his stumps, but it bounces through to Billings
short, and he has cut this straight to point. A very good Burns innings comes to an end. Couldn't be blamed for that dismissal, would have gotten four had he just managed to place it wide of Khawaja, or perhaps just clear him. In the end, a good sharp catch by the latter, and Heat lose their fifth
sharp, short, and close to the batsman. Burns ducks under this
length, well wide of off. Eight wides and one no-ball delivered today by Thunder
length, around middle, and worked away towards deep mid-wicket. They go for the second, and a direct hit at the non-striker's end could have made things interesting!
length, good pace, and he cuts him after making some room. Superb placement from Peirson yet again, bisecting the gap between backward point and short third man
back of a length, drifting down the pads, and he looks to pull this away. Off the glove towards square leg, and Burns brings up fifty. Shorn of his woes with the red ball, he has played a proper gem of a white-ball innings today
length, around off, and he drives to mid-on and picks up a single
length, driven to mid-off, and they pinch a single
yorker, bowled at 147.6 kph, and it goes between bat, legs and stumps through to Billings
fuller length, a bit of late movement back in, and Burns is able to squeeze it off the outside edge. Runs away really quickly to the left of short third man
fantastic innovation from Peirson! He walks right across the crease and exposes his entire set of stumps, and McAndrew follows him somewhat. He's ready to face a fuller length ball, and smacks it over mid-off. Well hit, because it lands just short of the long-on fence
fuller, straighter, and he is forced to dig this out towards mid-off
Good discipline with the ball and in the field from Thunder thus far
length, around off, and a firm drive, but straight to deep point
length, cut away towards deep point
Chris: "Gregory must have realised how close Heat is to winning. Can't possibly have a Heat match without some drama towards the end."
length, cut hard towards deep point
back of a length, down the leg side, and a loud appeal for caught behind as Pierson looks to go down to fine leg. That was quick, bowled at 143 kph
Heat go for the Power Surge
Chase: "Have to give credit to Sangha...still tosses the ball up after getting hit for boundaries and he's only 19." --- Worthy owner of the Golden Cap then