49th Match (D/N), Melbourne, Jan 23 2021, Big Bash League
(18.4/20 ov, target 174)147
Heat won by 26 runs
player of the match
Marnus Labuschagne
Brisbane Heat

The Heat keep themselves in the finals hunt with a 26-run win. They claim all four points and move up to fourth on the table for now although that could change tonight. Chris Lynn and Max Bryant set the game up at the top of the order with a return to form and Marnus Labuschagne played well to help the Heat set a winning total. They defended it well with Swepson, Laughlin and Labuschagne bowling particularly well. Sam Harper made a half-century but he didn't get much support.

Marnus Labuschagne is Player of the Match for the first time his his T20 career or his 49 off 31 and 1 for 10.

Steketee to Evans, OUT

caught at short third man! Game over. Steketee responds with a 103kph, slower ball, he charged and swung hard, got a thick edge that sliced off the outside edge to Lynn at short third man. Easy catch

Zak Evans c Lynn b Steketee 6 (3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200
Steketee to Evans, SIX runs

flicked over square leg! First six in the BBL for Evans! Angled into leg, got the perfect length to pick this up and whip over the square leg rope

Steketee to Evans, no run

back of a length, top of middle, he defends from the crease

Steketee to Prestwidge, OUT

caught at deep forward square! Bryant moves to the other hot spot on the other side at the start of the new over and takes the catch. Prestwidge got a length ball, he sat back and tried to launch over deep square, he hit it ok but got under it and it fell short of the rope, Bryant runs to his right and takes it well

Jack Prestwidge c Bryant b Steketee 19 (13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 146.15
end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
MR: 141/8CRR: 7.83 RRR: 16.50 • Need 33 runs from 12b
Jack Prestwidge19 (12)
Mitchell Swepson4-0-26-2
Xavier Bartlett4-0-35-2
Swepson to Lalor, OUT

holes out to deep midwicket! He had to go for it. Flatter on off, he tried to slog sweep but got it on the toe of the bat and it went high to deep midwicket but fell about 5 metres short of the rope where Bryant is waiting and he took the catch easily

Josh Lalor c Bryant b Swepson 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Swepson to Prestwidge, 1 run

tossed up, driven firmly to long off

Swepson to Prestwidge, no run

slower and shorter outside off, he cuts firmly but can't beat a diving Labuschagne at cover. Good stop

Swepson to Lalor, 1 run

shorter leg break, top of off, he's back and forcing this to long on

Swepson to Prestwidge, 1 run

shorter wide of off, he's back and cutting firmly to deep point

Swepson to Prestwidge, no run

shorter leg break, he's back and punching this firmly to cover

Swepson to Prestwidge, 1 wide

leg break drifts down leg and called wide

Swepson returns

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
MR: 137/7CRR: 8.05 RRR: 12.33 • Need 37 runs from 18b
Josh Lalor4 (3)
Jack Prestwidge17 (8)
Xavier Bartlett4-0-35-2
Mark Steketee3-0-35-1

Garv Asnani: "As a Heat supporter, I really want them to qualify as I have been waiting for three seasons and this time they have lost 3-4 close matches"

Bartlett to Lalor, no run

full on leg, he clips this straight to short fine

Bartlett to Lalor, FOUR runs

advances and drives magnificently wide of mid off! What a shot! Charging to a length ball and he crunched it on the up into the gap

Bartlett to Lalor, no run

137kph, good length, wide of off, he tries to drive and misses

Bartlett to Imad Wasim, OUT

a miscue straight to mid off! Clever slower ball does it. 119kph, slower ball, Imad tried to loft over mid off, he miscued it off the toe of the bat and presented a very easy catch to Burns on the circle

Imad Wasim c Burns b Bartlett 13 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 144.44
Bartlett to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

thumped over wide mid on! 132kph, length on leg, Imad holds his shape beautifully and swings through the line to crack it over wide mid on

Bartlett to Imad Wasim, no run

133kph, full on leg, he swings hard but drags it straight to mid on

The Heat got 41 off the last 18 balls. The Renegades need 45 off 24 with a Surge over. Bartlett to bowl this one