RESULT
Challenger (N), Sydney, February 02, 2023, Big Bash League
(18.2/20 ov, T:117) 117/6

Heat won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Sydney Sixers 116/9(20 overs)
Brisbane Heat 117/6(18.2 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Michael NeserBH86.0348(32)56.7165.072/281.4820.96
Matthew KuhnemannBH66.55--03/173.466.55
Sean AbbottSS57.677(4)9.8113.061/131.544.61
Izharulhaq NaveedSS53.872(2)1.971.322/283.3452.55
Spencer JohnsonBH37.02--03/282.5737.02

10.20 pm So that's it for the Sixers this season, and that's it for the T20 career of Dan Christian. Heat advance to their second ever BBL Grand Final and do so in incredibly improbable fashion managing to win this match without Khawaja, Labuschagne, Swepson and Renshaw.

Heat captain Jimmy Peirson: "What a fantastic effort from Neser. That was a gem. [The four boundary over in the Power Surge by Neser] That was game-changing stuff. I'm so pleased they got it over the line for us. I knew all along that when we restricted them 1o 116, it was going to be tough work because the wicket was so slow. It was getting harder and harder to bat on. I knew we needed to score with the new ball and maximize that period and then we needed one person to step up and Neser did that. We're a Queensland team, and the great Queensland teams, when their backs are against the wall, they find a way to win. For a batch of guys who haven't played all year to stand up tonight was very pleasing. What a privilege to play in a packed Perth Stadium. There won't be a single teal shirt there and they're a very parochial group. They'll be all against us but we feel very privileged to play in this game. It's a tough challenge but we're up for it."

Perth Scorchers will be overwhelming favorites in the final as they seek their fifth title. For the Heat, it's just their second trip to the final, but they won it all on their previous appearance in 2013. That feels like a lifetime ago and most if not all of the current Heat squad were not a part of the previous title-winning squad a decade ago. Come back on Saturday for all the action to see who will be crowned champions of BBL 2022-23. Until then, take care!

18.2
4
Dwarshuis to Neser, FOUR runs

Neser almost singlehandedly takes the Heat into the final! Full on middle, winds up and clocks this high over mid-on to the rope. Heat burn the Sixers in a huge upset to win by four wickets with 10 balls to spare and lock up a spot in Perth to play the Scorchers in Saturday's final.

18.1
1
Dwarshuis to Bazley, 1 run

missed runout! Length ball on off, punched firmly straight to Henriques at mid-off. Never a run in a million years but they set off anyway. The throw from 12 yards to the non-striker's end misses with Bazley six yards short.

end of over 182 runs
BH: 112/6CRR: 6.22 RRR: 2.50 • Need 5 from 12b
Michael Neser44 (31b 6x4)
James Bazley1 (9b)
Sean Abbott 4-1-13-1
Izharulhaq Naveed 4-0-28-2

Sixers still battling hard to make sure this isn't the last game of Dan Christian's career.

17.6
Abbott to Neser, no run

back of a length on middle, defended to midwicket.

17.5
1
Abbott to Bazley, 1 run

back of a length on middle and leg, skews a drive wide of extra cover for one.

17.4
Abbott to Bazley, no run

back of a length on middle, defended to Abbott.

17.3
Abbott to Bazley, no run

length ball on fifth stump, smashed back to Abbott and he stops it with his feet.

17.2
1
Abbott to Neser, 1 run

back of a length on middle, flicked to deep square leg for one.

17.1
Abbott to Neser, no run

back of a length on off, defended to backward point.

end of over 177 runs
BH: 110/6CRR: 6.47 RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 from 18b
James Bazley0 (6b)
Michael Neser43 (28b 6x4)
Izharulhaq Naveed 4-0-28-2
Hayden Kerr 3-0-24-0
16.6
Izharulhaq Naveed to Bazley, no run

googly lands on a good length on middle, spins past a heave and also goes past leg stump. Stumping appeal goes up but the back foot was back down having been up in the air briefly.

16.5
Izharulhaq Naveed to Bazley, no run

good length ball on fourth stump, slices a cut to backward point for none.

16.4
Izharulhaq Naveed to Bazley, no run

full on fifth stump, defended to point.

16.3
3
Izharulhaq Naveed to Neser, 3 runs

full on seventh stump, goes to drive and a thick edge trickles short of the rope at deep third man for three.

16.2
4
Izharulhaq Naveed to Neser, FOUR runs

back of a length on middle, goes to pull and finds the gap at the deep square leg rope.

16.1
Izharulhaq Naveed to Neser, no run

back of a length on fifth stump, goes to cut and misses.

end of over 1617 runs
BH: 103/6CRR: 6.43 RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 from 24b
James Bazley0 (3b)
Michael Neser36 (25b 5x4)
Hayden Kerr 3-0-24-0
Sean Abbott 3-1-11-1

Neser showing why he was just named the Australian domestic player of the year at the Allan Border Medal.

15.6
Kerr to Bazley, no run

good length ball on middle, defended.

15.5
1
Kerr to Neser, 1 run

full on the stumps, driven to long-on for one.

Power Surge is the difference between the two sides right now. Sixers scored eight runs and lost two wickets. Neser has doubled that for the Heat singlehandedly in the first four balls of this over alone.

15.4
4
Kerr to Neser, FOUR runs

full on fourth stump, Neser punches a firm drive past the non-striker to the mid-off rope.

15.3
4
Kerr to Neser, FOUR runs

slower ball lands back of a length on fourth stump, leans back to slice a square drive behind point and it beats short third man's diving effort before going to the rope.

15.2
4
Kerr to Neser, FOUR runs

full on the legs, shovels a drive in the air but wide of mid-on and goes to the rope.

Heat already have more runs in their Power Surge than the Sixers did and there's still 5 balls left.

15.1
4
Kerr to Neser, FOUR runs

short on the body, pulled to deep fine leg and with the man up in the ring it's an automatic four.

Best performances - batters
MG Neser
MG Neser BH
48 runs (32)
7 fours0 six
Control
75%
Productive shot
cut shot
8 runs
1 four0 six
1111413468
DP Hughes
DP Hughes SS
23 runs (24)
1 four0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
cover drive
7 runs
0 four0 six
00714128
Best performances - bowlers
MP Kuhnemann
MP Kuhnemann BH
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
3
ECO
4.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
SH Johnson
SH Johnson BH
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossSydney Sixers, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Heat
Michael Neser
Series resultBrisbane Heat advanced
Match days2 February 2023 - night (20-over match)
Player Replacement
Umpires
Australia
Donovan Koch
Australia
Sam Nogajski
TV Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Gerard Abood
Match Referee
Australia
Bob Parry
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
BH 100%
SSBH
100%50%100%SS InningsBH Innings

Over 19 • BH 117/6

Heat won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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TEAMMWLPTNRR
PS14113221.205
SS14103210.846
MR147714-0.027
ST147714-0.716
BH146713-0.483
HH146812-0.340
AS145910-0.151
MS143116-0.287