Twitter Reactions: Brisbane Heat push Perth Scorchers to the bottom of the table in BBL

The Heat won with 10 balls to spare.

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Brendan Doggett of Brisbane Heat. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

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Prior to their contest at the new Perth Stadium, both Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers were gasping for survival in this edition’s Big Bash League (BBL). Eventually, it was Chris Lynn’s Heat who opened their account in the tournament, winning the match by five wickets. Moreover, they also moved one place, up from the bottom of the table. The Scorchers, on the contrary, became the cellar dwellers in the T20 event.

Turner stands tall again  

The Heat won the toss and opted to bowl first, but it backfired initially as Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft put together an opening stand of 56 runs from 51 balls. However, to the Scorchers’ disappointment, both perished in quick succession. Even as Mujeeb Ur Rahman accounted for the wicket of Klinger for 26, Bancroft fell prey to Ben Cutting after scoring 24 runs with a couple of sixes.

Thereafter, the Scorchers strained and could only score 79 runs off 69 balls. Skipper Ashton Turner played another useful knock of 47 runs from 30 balls with four boundaries and a six. On the backs of his knock, the Scorchers crawled to 135 runs for the loss of six wickets. For Brisbane Heat, while Mujeeb and Cutting picked up two wickets, James Pattinson and Brendan Doggett got one wicket each.

Heat strain, but prevail

The visitors didn’t get off to the best of starts in the run-chase as Nathan Courter Nile nipped out opener Max Bryant. Brendon McCullum, after being asked to open, couldn’t make an impact and became Courter Nile’s second victim. Skipper Lynn and Matt Renshaw injected some momentum into the innings with a stand of 39 runs from 31 balls. Jhy Richardson broke the partnership dismissing Lynn for 33 runs.

In the very next over, left-arm seamer Jason Behrendroff trapped Renshaw plumb in front to pick up the fourth wicket. Courter Nile picked up his third wicket in the form of wicketkeeper Jimmy Pearson. Ben Cutting and Joe Burns made sure that the Heat didn’t suffer any further hiccup. Cutting scored a quickfire 26 from 16 balls and at the other end, Burns churned out a matured 20 runs from 25 balls.

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