Inside out over extra cover, and Thunder have won by a landslide! An utter meltdown from Heat, and what a response from Sams! In the slot for a free swing through the line, and he nailed it again!
10.26pm Daniel Sams, surprise surprise, is Player of the Match: "Didn't want to get another duck, just wanted to take it deep. [Been working with Ponting] on trying to keep my hands up higher to give myself the best chance to clear the rope. We pride ourselves on being calm so once we were able to reset..." It was quite the reset, after slumping to 1 for 2, and 22 for 3. But they hosed it with an over to spare!
HarryFD: "It's great to see Sams getting some runs after last year's struggles with the bat, he really can be the complete package in T20 cricket maybe for Australia, definitely in t20 cricket around the world. Not many can bowl in all three phases of the game and hit sixes on "
Krunch: "blurgh!.... The reality is there are few teams that can pull a loss from the jaws of victory quite like the Heat... "
Well, with four points at stake each game, that's a big win for Thunder after drawing a blank in their opening match against Melbourne Stars. But Heat are in some strife already, just a solitary bonus point from two games, and a whole load of issues to surmount given the manner of that meltdown. That's it for today, but don't forget to tune into the second semi-final of the Lanka Premier League, Dambulla v Jaffna!
10.23pm What a remarkable innings! "A pretty special innings," says Tom Cooper... who references Cutting's comments in the media as a strong reason why this loss will hurt. "We didn't execute as maybe we could..." he adds... you don't say!
Cutting played a big part in digging his side back into this game, 29 from 23 in a 69-run stand for the sixth wicket. But it's all about Sams, his 65 not out from 25 balls included three fours and a massive seven sixes!
back of a length, same result! Hammered, up up and away, onto the grass banks at cow corner where there's an utter frenzy to gather these freebies!
another full toss, and Sams slams another six for his fifty! Just 23 balls, and that's another horror ball from Laughlin. Outside off, juicily in the arc, and munched!
well bowled again, a yorker outside off, Sams can't lay bat on it as he attempts a steer through third man
full and straight, so near to the base of leg, Sams walks across his stumps so he gets away with the wide. Well bowled
oh my, that's a terrible freebie! Surely an attempted yorker, but Laughlin spears in the beamer, and gets dispatched over square leg for his sins... that could have changed the game...
Ben Cutting is chatting about his contretemps with Chris Lynn... "a bit of a giggle..." that's one word for it!
a violent drive back through the line, and a deflection off the shins! Probably saved another boundary
crucial boundary! Just enough length to work with, and clubbed through long-off!
slower ball, clever response, another cutter, and this one hops over the bails where Cutting's found its target. Green's wipe was through too soon
Heat from the Heat! A seriously sharp short ball first-up, and Green misses on his pull... didn't so much miss in fact as Steketee hit! Flush on the arm
gottim! Steketee responds with a perfect length offcutter, slapping the top of middle as Cutting swings across the line. And don't the Heat love that! They've had the final word against their old team-mate, but can Cutting's new chums get the last laugh?
powerful biffage off a full length, and that draws a fumble at long-off, to allow Cutting to hustle back
Steketee, Laughlin and Kuhnemann have one over each. How do Heat shuffle their resources? Steketee has the ball
tapped to long-on, that's 11 off the over, more than adequate to stay up with the rate
waiting with bat raised, on the back foot, flogged out to cow corner, but there's a man back to tidy up
good variation of pace, down to 85kph that time, poked to cover
moshed off a back-of-a-length, back over the bowler's head, one bounce to long-off as he hurtles round
flashed into the covers, to rotate the strike
inside-out poundage, over the covers off the back foot! That's tremendous power and placement, and it's put Thunder right in the driving seat at the start of this over
wide line, Sams threatens to follow it, but pulls out, and gets the extra
Good finish to the over, and his spell. Length ball, drawing a respectful drive back down the pitch