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.
Heat won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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!
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.
Sixers still battling hard to make sure this isn't the last game of Dan Christian's career.
back of a length on middle, defended to midwicket.
back of a length on middle and leg, skews a drive wide of extra cover for one.
back of a length on middle, defended to Abbott.
length ball on fifth stump, smashed back to Abbott and he stops it with his feet.
back of a length on middle, flicked to deep square leg for one.
back of a length on off, defended to backward point.
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.
good length ball on fourth stump, slices a cut to backward point for none.
full on fifth stump, defended to point.
full on seventh stump, goes to drive and a thick edge trickles short of the rope at deep third man for three.
back of a length on middle, goes to pull and finds the gap at the deep square leg rope.
back of a length on fifth stump, goes to cut and misses.
Neser showing why he was just named the Australian domestic player of the year at the Allan Border Medal.
good length ball on middle, defended.
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.
full on fourth stump, Neser punches a firm drive past the non-striker to the mid-off rope.
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.
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.
short on the body, pulled to deep fine leg and with the man up in the ring it's an automatic four.
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||Sydney Sixers, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Brisbane Heat advanced|
|Match days||2 February 2023 - night (20-over match)|
Over 19 • BH 117/6Heat won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Dan Christian: 'T20 is the key to ensuring other formats survive'
Michael Neser inspires Brisbane Heat to second BBL final
|SD Heazlett||run out||13||13|
|MG Neser||not out||48||32|
|JJ Bazley||not out||2||10|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 1)|
|Total||117(6 wkts; 18.2 ovs)|