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7th Match (N), Canberra, Dec 14 2020, Big Bash League
(18.5/20 ov, target 179)180/6
Thunder won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
Daniel Sams
Sydney Thunder
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• Alex Malcolm

Daniel Sams' stunning all-round show carries Sydney Thunder to victory

His effort trumped a fine all-round performance from Jack Wildermuth for the Heat

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Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Brisbane Heat178/6(20 overs)
Sydney Thunder180/6(18.5 overs)

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!

18.5
6
Laughlin to Sams, SIX runs

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!

18.4
6
Laughlin to Sams, SIX runs

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!

18.3
6
Laughlin to Sams, SIX runs

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!

18.2
Laughlin to Sams, no run

well bowled again, a yorker outside off, Sams can't lay bat on it as he attempts a steer through third man

18.1
Laughlin to Sams, no run

full and straight, so near to the base of leg, Sams walks across his stumps so he gets away with the wide. Well bowled

Free Hit...

18.1
7nb
Laughlin to Sams, (no ball) SIX runs

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...

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
ST: 155/6CRR: 8.61 RRR: 12.00 • Need 24 from 12b
Chris Green6 (4)
Daniel Sams41 (19)
Mark Steketee4-0-35-1
Matthew Kuhnemann3-0-35-1

Ben Cutting is chatting about his contretemps with Chris Lynn... "a bit of a giggle..." that's one word for it!

17.6
2
Steketee to Green, 2 runs

a violent drive back through the line, and a deflection off the shins! Probably saved another boundary

17.5
4
Steketee to Green, FOUR runs

crucial boundary! Just enough length to work with, and clubbed through long-off!

17.4
Steketee to Green, no run

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

17.3
Steketee to Green, no run

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

17.2
W
Steketee to Cutting, OUT

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?

Ben Cutting b Steketee 29 (23b 1x4 2x6) SR: 126.08
17.1
2
Steketee to Cutting, 2 runs

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

end of over 1711 runs
ST: 147/5CRR: 8.64 RRR: 10.67 • Need 32 from 18b
Ben Cutting27 (21)
Daniel Sams41 (19)
Matthew Kuhnemann3-0-35-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-27-1
16.6
1
Kuhnemann to Cutting, 1 run

tapped to long-on, that's 11 off the over, more than adequate to stay up with the rate

16.5
1
Kuhnemann to Sams, 1 run

waiting with bat raised, on the back foot, flogged out to cow corner, but there's a man back to tidy up

16.4
1
Kuhnemann to Cutting, 1 run

good variation of pace, down to 85kph that time, poked to cover

16.3
2
Kuhnemann to Cutting, 2 runs

moshed off a back-of-a-length, back over the bowler's head, one bounce to long-off as he hurtles round

16.2
1
Kuhnemann to Sams, 1 run

flashed into the covers, to rotate the strike

16.1
4
Kuhnemann to Sams, FOUR runs

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

16.1
1w
Kuhnemann to Sams, 1 wide

wide line, Sams threatens to follow it, but pulls out, and gets the extra

end of over 167 runs
ST: 136/5CRR: 8.50 RRR: 10.75 • Need 43 from 24b
Ben Cutting23 (18)
Daniel Sams35 (16)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4-0-27-1
Mark Steketee3-0-27-0
15.6
Mujeeb to Cutting, no run

Good finish to the over, and his spell. Length ball, drawing a respectful drive back down the pitch

Best performances - batters
Chris Lynn portrait
CA Lynn BH
69 runs (44)
3 fours
5 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
cover drive
26 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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Daniel Sams portrait
DR Sams ST
65 runs (25)
3 fours
7 sixes
Control64%
Productive shot
pull
31 runs
1 four
4 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Jack Wildermuth
JD Wildermuth BH
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
JD Cook ST
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
2
ECO
7.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Manuka Oval, Canberra
TossBrisbane Heat, elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Daniel Sams
Daniel Sams
Match days14 December 2020 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Greg Davidson
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Shawn Craig
TV Umpire
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Phillip Gillespie
Reserve Umpire
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Ben Treloar
Match Referee
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Bob Parry
PointsSydney Thunder 3, Brisbane Heat 1