RESULT
Eliminator (N), Sydney, January 27, 2023, Big Bash League
(6.5/6.5 ov, T:61) 52/1

Heat won by 8 runs (DLS method)

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Scorecard summary
Brisbane Heat 203/5(20 overs)
Sydney Thunder 52/1(6.5 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Usman KhawajaBH109.2194(55)104.83109.21--0
Chris GreenST62.2--02/292.3162.2
David WarnerST51.4836(20)44.5251.48--0
Marnus LabuschagneBH45.6373(48)63.6345.63--0
Matt RenshawBH33.5124(8)27.9833.51--0

10.21 pm The players were supposed to begin play for the final 13 balls right now. But the rain has just gotten much thicker and more covers are being brought out to cover more than just the pitch. Chris Green has walked off the field. The Thunder know their season is over. The umpires have just left the field now as well. Green and Khawaja are being brought together by the umpires to shake hands. Match over with Heat winning by 8 runs on DLS. So they'll advance to play Melbourne Renegades on Sunday, who are the #3 seed. Tomorrow will see the next playoff match (The Qualifier) as the Sydney Sixers travel to play Perth Scorchers on the west coast. The winner goes straight to the final while the loser falls back into a second-chance match against the winner of Sunday's match between the Renegades and Heat ((The Knockout).

Hope all of that makes sense. That's all for today's coverage. Come back tomorrow for live coverage of the Qualifier between the top two teams in the regular season, the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers. Until then, take care!

10.16 pm Bad news for the Thunder. The rain has suddenly restarted. The ground staff are starting to put the covers back on the pitch again and the stumps have been taken back out of the ground. 10.25 pm is the official cutoff for the game to restart. Only the pitch has been covered, but not the rest of the square. But the rain is getting thicker than a drizzle. The umbrellas are back out. The fat lady is warming up her vocal cords....

10.08 pm Rain has stopped. The umpires are taking the captains on a walk around the outfield to inspect the dampness. The covers are starting to be peeled off too. So we may get a restart before too long from the looks of it. If play restarts now, we'll have a nine-over chase with a revised target of 90. So 38 runs off 13 balls. Nobody would be able to bowl more than two overs as well. So after Neser delivers the next ball when play restarts, both he and Johnson will be bowled out. Restart has been set for 10.21 pm local time. Also, no Power Surge for the Thunder.

9.52 pm Umbrellas are still out for the umpires and players scattered around the boundary and outfield. No sign of play resuming anytime soon.

9.34 pm The umpires have had enough. Rain is far too heavy now and the covers are being hurried onto he field. As it stands, the Heat are marginally head on DLS Par, which is currently 60. If play cannot resume, the Heat will advance in the playoffs and the Thunder will be KO'd.

6.5
Neser to Warner, no run

back of a length on the body, misses a flick off the hips.

6.4
1
Neser to JJS Sangha, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, flicked into the leg side for one.

The rain had stopped briefly but has picked up again and is coming down stronger than the first wave as fans start to leave their seats looking for cover. DLS Par is currently 57. So Thunder are behind.

6.3
Neser to JJS Sangha, no run

short ball on middle, ducks under this for a dot.

6.2
2
Neser to JJS Sangha, 2 runs

full on the stumps, flicked high in the air over wide midwicket for two.

6.1
Neser to JJS Sangha, no run

length ball outside off, slapped to the cover ring fielder for none.

end of over 66 runs
ST: 49/1CRR: 8.16 RRR: 11.07 • Need 155 from 84b
David Warner36 (19b 5x4)
Jason Sangha6 (9b 1x4)
Mitchell Swepson 1-0-5-0
Matthew Kuhnemann 1-0-10-0
5.6
2
Swepson to Warner, 2 runs

good length ball on off, tap and run into vacant midwicket in the ring for two.

5.5
2
Swepson to Warner, 2 runs

length ball on middle, Warner gets on a knee to pull this for two to midwicket.

5.4
1b
Swepson to JJS Sangha, 1 bye

quicker ball on fourth stump, goes to reverse sweep this and misses, beats the keeper for a bye. Actually signaled leg bye but didn't appear that it hit anything. Definitely no bat at a minimum.

5.3
Swepson to JJS Sangha, no run

length ball on middle and leg, punched to extra cover for none.

5.2
1
Swepson to Warner, 1 run

short on fifth stump, chops a cut into the ground wide of cover for one.

5.1
Swepson to Warner, no run

full on off, driven back to Swepson.

Swepson into the attack, spin from both ends. Warner has his helmet off. Swepson starts over the wicket to the lefty.

end of over 510 runs
ST: 43/1CRR: 8.60 RRR: 10.73 • Need 161 from 90b
David Warner31 (15b 5x4)
Jason Sangha6 (7b 1x4)
Matthew Kuhnemann 1-0-10-0
Spencer Johnson 2-0-23-0

We've now got an official match, no matter how much more rain falls.

4.6
1
Kuhnemann to Warner, 1 run

good length ball on the legs, goes back to flick into midwicket for one.

4.5
1
Kuhnemann to JJS Sangha, 1 run

fuller and flicked through wide long-on for one.

4.4
Kuhnemann to JJS Sangha, no run

back of a length and defended for none.

4.3
3
Kuhnemann to Warner, 3 runs

short and pulled through the leg side in a gap at deep midwicket for three.

4.2
1
Kuhnemann to JJS Sangha, 1 run

short and wide, tapped gently behind point for one.

4.1
4
Kuhnemann to JJS Sangha, FOUR runs

full on middle, Sangha charges this and slams it over Kuhnemann's head to the rope.

Kuhnemann on for left arm spin. Around the stumps.

end of over 416 runs
ST: 33/1CRR: 8.25 RRR: 10.68 • Need 171 from 96b
David Warner27 (13b 5x4)
Jason Sangha0 (3b)
Spencer Johnson 2-0-23-0
James Bazley 1-0-3-1

Kiran: "Peter, any thoughts on the octogenarian DJ pumping the 80's classics? "Come On Eileen" and "Tainted Love" so far, hoping for more." Disappointed there's no Journey been played yet. "Don't Stop Believin'" seems a perfect fit for the home side at this moment.

3.6
4
Johnson to Warner, FOUR runs

length ball on fourth stump, Warner leans back to steer this in the gap at backward point and it has enough pace on it to reach the rope.

3.5
1lb
Johnson to JJS Sangha, 1 leg bye

length ball on the stumps, misses a flick and they scamper a leg bye off the pads in front of square.

3.4
Johnson to JJS Sangha, no run

back of a length on off, defended.

Best performances - batters
UT Khawaja
UT Khawaja BH
94 runs (55)
10 fours3 sixes
Control
75%
Productive shot
pull
23 runs
2 fours1 six
6151511184196
M Labuschagne
M Labuschagne BH
73 runs (48)
7 fours2 sixes
Control
77%
Productive shot
slog shot
20 runs
2 fours2 sixes
71211505231
Best performances - bowlers
CJ Green
CJ Green ST
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
2
ECO
7.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
JJ Bazley
JJ Bazley BH
O
1
M
0
R
3
W
1
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Showground Stadium
TossSydney Thunder, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Heat
Usman Khawaja
Series resultBrisbane Heat advanced
Match days27 January 2023 - night (20-over match)
Player Replacement
T20 debut
Ross Pawson
Ross Pawson
Umpires
Australia
Gerard Abood
Australia
Phillip Gillespie
TV Umpire
Australia
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Ben Treloar
Match Referee
Australia
Steve Davis
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
BH 91.67%
BHST
100%50%100%BH InningsST Innings

Over 7 • ST 52/1

Heat won by 8 runs (DLS method)
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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